The Engage HEI conferences provide a much needed opportunity for academics, practitioners and persons in government interested in understanding the impact of knowledge exchange between higher education institutions (HEIs), government and industry to share their experiences and policy and practice.
The focus of the 2012 Engage HEI will be on the impact of engaging. HEIs have long engaged with businesses, large and small, NGOs and community groups. Much of this work has been supported through third mission activities (teaching and research being the first two missions). The building of networks supports this work and draws on university-based expertise to build capacity at local, regional, national, European and international levels.
Given the changing environment surrounding the way in which universities are funded and the importance of impact, this conference is timely and stresses the importance of exploring and debating the role of HEIs in supporting and working with businesses.