18 April, 2008 – MBS & British Council promote university industry links with Bangladesh
Manchester Business School's Dr Khaleel Malik delivered the keynote lecture at a recent British Council seminar promoting the interaction between universities and industry in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The one-day British Council initiative brought together experts from the UK and Bangladesh, with a view to developing national policies to strengthen university-industry interaction.
Dr Malik’s lecture, University-Industry Interactions: UK insights, explored how developing countries can benefit from dovetailing their educational curricula to industry needs. He discussed the role that universities play in the growth of small businesses through knowledge transfer and innovation.
Dr Malik said:
"The seminar raised awareness of this issue – particularly important in the context of a developing country – and generated debate around the types of university-industry interactions that could be promoted. It also prompted discussion about the need for SMEs to be encouraged to build formal and informal relationships with academic institutions in order to help with industrial development."
He also highlighted how SMEs can benefit from strong university links, giving them access to the latest direct research collaborations and the opportunity to sponsor staff and student mobility programmes.
In recent years Dr Malik has delivered lectures on this theme as well as other innovation policy and management themes at similar conferences and seminars in China, India and Pakistan.
Source: Manchester Business School press release