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MONTREAL, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - On the occasion of the third
edition of Rendez-vous du Savoir, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan
Montreal today unveiled the findings of its latest survey,University-Industry Collaboration: Researchers Weigh In. Conducted in partnership with Léger Marketing, this survey reveals how
Quebec university research centres and chairs perceive collaboration
with the private sector. The study confirmssome of theresults foundin
previous business surveys.
"The relevance of industry and academia working together has sometimes
been questioned. We therefore felt it important to gainmore insight
into university-industry collaboration, this time by asking Quebec's
research centres and chairs what they think. What we found was quite
interesting, namely that they would like, in as far as possible, to set
common research objectives with businesses and to capitalize on each
other's complementary skills. This is especially true in high
added-value sectors such as the natural sciences, engineering and
health sciences," said Board of Trade President and CEO Michel Leblanc.
Collaboration with the private sector is relevant and necessary for
In addition to being deemed relevant to research work, teaming up
withbusiness also meets a financial need since the latter provides some
of the funding required for this work (proportion varies). Most of the
partnerships involve contract or collaborative research, and the main
reasons for engaging with industry are to test practical applications
of theories, to secure new contracts and to stay on top of industry
developments. They also seem to meet a need to establish common
research objectives with the private sector so that both can leverage
each other's skills.
Collaboration with industry is here to stay
Almost 9 out of 10 research centres and chairs that had worked with
industry in the past plan to do so again, confirming one of the
conclusions of last year's survey, namely that trying is believing.
University funding is still an issue
Although research centres and chairs give Quebec's university system
good marksfor research quality, teaching, overall quality and graduate
employability, they feel that more funding is needed if it is to become
a North American reference for higher learning.
"The purpose of this year's survey was to find out what our university
researchers think about their collaboration with the private sector.
What we learned was that the findings of past surveys, notably, that
business leaders recognize the merit of such partnerships and would
like to see more of them, also holds true for researchers. Last year we
encouraged industry to reach out to academia; this year we're asking
academia to do the same," said the President of Léger Marketing,
Rendez-vous du Savoir
The theme of this year's Rendez-vous du Savoir, which will take place on
November 14 and 15 at Palais des congrès de Montréal, is Gather. Recognize. Influence. The two main goals of this third edition are to pool our strengths to
innovate in order to grow our prosperity, and to recognize our talents
and creativity.Last year's edition attracted over 3,000 people.
"Universities and industry are important actors in society and must
therefore demonstrate exemplary leadership and reach out to one
another. A closer, more productive relationship between academia and
the business community should be at the forefront of our collective
strategy for the future. Rendez-vous du Savoir is a step in that
direction and as such deserves our full support and active
participation," said Monique F. Leroux, President and CEO of Desjardins
Group and co-spokesperson for Rendez-vous du Savoir.
"Rendez-vous du Savoir is an excellent exampleofinteraction between the
academic and scientific communities, the business world andthe general
public.It is important toseize the opportunity offered by this event to
bring all these stakeholders together and explore new avenues for
partnerships. There is also no better place than Rendez-vous du Savoir
to promote research andgive it the means to takeits rightful place,"
added Dr. Pavel Hamet, professor with the Faculty of Medicine at
Université de Montréal and co-spokesperson for Rendez-vous du Savoir.
To view the survey: www.btmm.qc.ca/2012rdvs
Presented by Desjardins Group in partnership with Raymond Chabot Grant
Thornton and CGI, Rendez-vous du Savoir is organized by Palais des
congrès de Montréal, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal,the
Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities,the
Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal, theMontreal Council on
Foreign Relations, Montréal International, Tourisme Montréal and Ville
deMontréal. This annual event showcasesthe wealth created by our
universities as well as their important contribution to Quebec society
at the local, provincial and international levels.
Rendez-vous du Savoir is pleased to welcome CNW as its broadcast
Learn more about Rendez-vous du Savoir: www.rendezvousdusavoir.com
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of some 7,000
members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business
community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants,
and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized
services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of
innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is
Quebec's leading private economic development organization.
The Rendez-vous du Savoir is pleased to have CNW as its broadcast
SOURCE: RENDEZ-VOUS DU SAVOIR
For further information:
Advisor, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: 514 871-4000, ext. 4015
Morin Relations Publiques
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