13-14 November, 2019

Leading University-Business Collaboration


Interested in joining the workshop and an international network of professionals passionate of driving university-business cooperation?

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Travel information


  • European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU)
  • Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Coventry University (UK)
  • University of Melbourne and University of Adelaide (Australia)
  • University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (USA)
  • University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Linköping University (Sweden)
  • Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (USA)


  • University rectors and vice rectors tasked with developing the universities
  • engagement, valorization or third mission activities
  • Business professional responsible for university engagement
  • Knowledge transfer professionals
  • Intermediaries between university and business


From previous participants

“The University Business Collaboration workshop was both useful and excellent value. The facilitators were extremely knowledgeable which allowed for an in-depth analysis and discussion on the challenges we face. Their skills also meant that every delegate was engaged and the level of participation and knowledge sharing was much higher than I have encountered in the past. The development of a personal plan to take away from the workshop was inspired and will ensure I continue to build on what I learned. I would definitely recommend the UIIN workshops to my colleagues.”
Neil Pearce
Head of Knowledge Exchange Institute at London South Bank University

“The UIIN University-Business Collaboration Workshop in Amsterdam 2017 provided an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues and share some great examples of best practice from across the EU. The relaxed and informal approach taken by the facilitators allowed detailed discussions on key topics, and provided inspiration through the development of personal action plans to drive forward fresh ideas. This included new insights relating to technology park development, business incubation, and broader commercial activity. Combined with practical exercises and direct contact with Amsterdam Science Park, the workshop provided an excellent platform on which to build future enterprise and innovation strategy and increase university-business interaction”
Paul Fairburn
Director of Enterprise & Innovation at Coventry University


University-Business Cooperation (UBC) has become a major topic of interest for policymakers and HEI managers across the world due to their potential to spur innovation and growth. However, UBC management and regulation remain challenging due to its complexity . This calls for a common understanding and framework for the topic, a ‘big picture’ that connect all the elements, from technology transfer to internships or governance structures.

From the highly experienced team responsible for the “State of UBC in Europe” (initiative undertaken for the European Commission) and the co-creators of the UBC Ecosystem Framework, you will receive key learnings and insights while drawing upon global best practice.

The aim of the long-running workshop is to share knowledge and experiences and highlight the practical steps you can take to improve your organisational collaboration.

Designed for
If you are a university manager, leader, administrator, professional in the interface between university and industry, who are seeking improvements in their performance and impact, this workshop is for you.

You will use a UBC institutional self-assessment tool and design a Personal Application Project (PAP) to embed their new knowledge and provide direct outcomes of their work and organisation. Underpinned by the UBC Ecosystem Framework ™, this workshop explores how universities achieve excellence in university-business collaboration. Drawing on the largest international studies on UBC, you will learn how to identify and overcome the typical obstacles that stand in the way of collaboration and put in place effective management practices and supporting mechanisms.

This will be supported by 82 good practice case studies including cases from the leading companies such as Siemens and Volkswagen, entrepreneurial universities such as University of Twente, Simon Fraser University and MIT’s REAP programme, which will help to identify key issues.

  • Work with a University-Business Cooperation Handbook
  • Self-assess your own organization using the UBC Ecosystem Framework
  • Design UBC Status Benchmark Report highlighting the key assets and challenges for your institution
  • Apply the insights you acquire to your own institution through a Personal Application Project (PAP)
  • Learn from a series of global best practice cases
  • Tour around the Amsterdam Science Park area including the innovative Start-Up village
  • Dinner at one of Amsterdam’s iconic restaurants
As a result of this workshop, participants will have:
  • specific best practice examples from global leaders in university-business cooperation,
  • a more holistic understanding of the UBC environment and its challenges,
  • deeper knowledge about the elements contributing to UBC success
  • clarity about the primary areas of focus for your institution
  • direct contribution to your work and organisational objectives
  • the ability to broaden your network with like-minded professional facing similar issues.


Prof. Todd Davey
A/Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Institut Mines Telecom Business School in France, Co-Chair Australian UIIN Chapter
Prof. Dr. Todd Davey has consulted to the European Commission, the Australian Government, the Vietnamese Government and is the author of the book ‘Entrepreneurship at Universities’. Formerly a Senior Manager with Deloitte Australia’s Technology Commercialisation Group and Strategy & Business Development Manager for one of Australia’s fastest growing start-ups, Todd ‘switched sides’ to work within academia. The co-creator of the UBC Ecosystem Framework, he is the Project Director of the largest initiatives of cooperation between European universities and businesses and the Creator of TechAdvance™, an online tool for evaluating technologies. Todd is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Institut Mines-Télécom Business School in Paris and a visiting researcher at Imperial College (UK), Technical University of Vienna (AUT) and the University of Adelaide (AUS) in the topics of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Dr. Victoria Galan Muros
Dr. Victoria Galán-Muros is an expert with global knowledge of higher education management, university-business cooperation, collaborative innovation and innovative regions. Currently the Research Director at the Global Institute on Innovation Districts (GIID) and co-founder of the Innovative Futures Institute (IFI), Victoria has established herself as a leading consultant, researcher and policy advisor. Previously a higher education policy analyst at the OECD, Victoria has also worked with the European Commission along with universities and governments in 30+ countries during her time as senior consultant associated at Technopolis Group UK and Director for Policy Affairs at the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN). With a PhD in University-Business Cooperation from VU Amsterdam and a MSc in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics, Victoria has worked within 11 universities in eight countries, delivered 30+ professional workshops internationally, given 50+ speeches as keynote/invited speaker whilst co-authored 40+ publications and 50+ consulting reports

Example timetable


10.00 - 12.00: Welcome and introductions. Workshop aims and personal objectives. A group exercise facilitated to enable participants to share examples of good practice and reflect on challenges.

12.00 - 13.00: Lunch

13.00 - 15.00: Ecosystem Part 1. An exploration of the UBC Ecosystem Framework: How to successfully navigate the UBC context.

15.00 - 15.30: Coffee

15.30 - 17.30: Ecosystem Part 2. A continuation of the exploration of the UBC Ecosystem Framework: Understanding and addressing UBC barriers, drivers and supporting mechanisms

19.30: Discussions over dinner in Amsterdam


09.00 - 11.00: Ecosystem Part 3. A continuation of the exploration of the UBC Ecosystem Framework: How to manage the UBC process efficiently

11.00 - 11.15: Coffee

11.15 - 12.45: Changing the culture. A series of exercises to explore key cultural and leadership issues in successful university business collaboration.

12.45 - 13.30: Lunch

13.30 - 15.30: Small group exercise to develop Personal Action Plans

15.30 - 15.45: Conclusions, coffee and departure

Transport will be provided to take participants to Schiphol airport.