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Public support for higher education has waned in recent years. HTU/www.shutterstock.com

What public universities must do to regain public support

In order to regain public confidence, universities must take steps to show citizens that investments in higher education are well-spent, an education professor and university professor argue.
Canola, the first ‘made-in-Canada’ crop, was a product of university research and became a huge economic boon to the country. In this 2016 photo, riders and their horses pass through a canola field near Cremona, Alta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

In search of another canola: How to capitalize on Canadian research

Canola is an example of an innovation that sprung from university research and became a major economic boon to Canada. It should be happening more often.
Nine out of ten surveyed researchers said they engage with end-users to translate their work into practice. from www.shutterstock.com

Academics do want to engage with business, but need more support

Financial incentives alone won’t increase research collaboration between universities and business. Academics say they need time, support and an environment encouraging of engagement.
Malcolm Turnbull faces many challenges in transitioning Australia to a post-mining boom economy. Lukas Coch/AAP

A snapshot of the challenges facing the new Turnbull government

What are the key policy challenges facing the new Turnbull government in terms of economic growth and budgets, cities, transport, energy, school education, higher education and health?
Don’t be lured into collaboration just because it’s what everyone else seems to be doing. from www.shutterstock.com

Ten rules for successful research collaboration

Between 50-75% of all collaborations fail. Here are some tips on how to set up a successful collaboration between academia and industry.
Managing the risks of industry-researcher collaboration: Coca-Cola got caught for funding scientists who shifted blame for obesity away from bad diets. from www.shutterstock.com

Australia’s innovation agenda: embracing risk or gambling with public health?

The innovation report fails to mention the risk of bias for researchers collaborating with industry. We must ensure that researchers maintain their independence.
Research must have an impact – but what’s the best way to measure it? www.shutterstock.com

Watt report suggests financial incentives for measuring research impact

A government report on research funding and policy has recommended introducing a funding incentive to ensure university research benefits society and business.

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