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Maximising opportunities for collaboration between universities and small to medium size enterprises

CR Burvill, WP Lewis

Volume 5: 15th Reliability, Stress Analysis, and Failure Prevention Conference; International Issues in Engineering Design | Published : 2001


Abstract This paper is about collaborative relationships between manufacturing industry and universities in Australia, with particular reference to small to medium size enterprises (SME’s) because of their prevalence and their importance to the economies of industrialised countries. To put local conditions in perspective, it should be recorded that the annual output of Australian manufacturing industry currently is in excess of $100 billion (Australian dollars) of which 30% is exported [1]. The role of the Government in promoting collaboration between industry and universities, and the associated knowledge transfer, is exemplified by a senior body sponsored by the Australi..

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