During the week from 13 till 18 May 2013 project participants from Belarus and Ukraine took part in the study visit to Bradford University where they got their impressions about the system of cooperation between University, community and business. During the visit the hosts planned a visit to Salford University in Greater Manchester where their unique experience in liaisoning with business and community within fruitfully developing Knowledge Transfer Partnerships was shared. It was important to notice how the two British Universities take an active role in the development of the local community and have feedback from the community thus expanding their role of academic training to regional development and enhancement of entrepreneurship. During the discussion of the project implementation to which a whole day was devoted, the participants summarised the reflections on the three study visits and made conclusions on the best practices learnt as well as the ways of applying the practices at their home Universities with certain changes that would become possible through the present TEMPUS project.
“The visit to Bradford was very useful – we got information on how knowledge transfer, cooperation with enterprises and authorities, and innovations, all work in the UK. The experience Bradford University and Salford University in Manchester both have is indeed impressive. Professor Peter Hopkinson’s talk about the Sustainable Enterprise Centre & Shahid Rasul’s presentation on the incorporation of business engagement in the curriculum proved that the level of University engagement in business is high and the links between the two sectors are efficient and fruitful. A very informative and instructive visit was made to Salford University where their experience in running Knowledge Transfer Partnerships was related by Janet Morang. We were all very sure that we would take on the experience to develop similar policies and instruments to enhance cooperation between University and companies. Professor Christos Kalantaridis at Bradford University told us their experience in business engagement as a sort of typical example of experience at British Universities. My impression of the forefront achievements in the UK was intensified by the presentation of business engagement made by Lorraine Lucas, Business Development Manager at the School of Management. Their experience of attracting enterprises to optimisation of the employment focus in the study programmes was striking which I found especially interesting and worth following in many ways”.
Dzmitry Lazouski, Polotsk State University