RMIT University has formed an Industry Engagement Committee for the newly launched Centre for Business Education Research (CBER).
CBER was established to undertake cutting-edge research into business education needs for the future, and to become a global leader in the field.
Member for Caulfield and former small business owner David Southwick MP has been appointed Chair of the Engagement Committee.
Mr Southwick, who was the inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT from 2001-2007, said the CBER initiative was an important step forward in business education innovation.
“RMIT has established an exciting initiative in CBER which will explore unique opportunities for university and industry research collaboration with business, government, and community organisations.“ Mr Southwick said.
“Through a ’living laboratory’ approach, CBER will allow business, students and community representatives to approach complex problems and create innovative solutions through experimentation in a fail-safe environment.“
The importance of developing a new partnership relationship between the university and industry was championed at the inaugural meeting of the CBER Industry Engagement Committee.
Committee members include business futurist Morris Miselowski, who emphasised the need for closer industry-university links in order to focus beyond pure exchange of knowledge and move to the creation of wisdom to meet future challenges.
Antony Reed, Chief Executive of the Games Developers Association of Australia, echoed these sentiments and highlighted the need to share knowledge, create opportunities for collaboration and foster entrepreneurship.
Dr Amanda Caples, Director of Biotechnology and Science and Technology Programs in the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation, discussed how cross-disciplinary collaboration was essential to further innovate business education.
Professor Sandra Jones, Director of CBER, said RMIT was extremely excited by university-industry collaboration.
“The CBER is creating a vision for the future of close university-industry collaboration in a ’safe’ experimental environment.“ Professor Jones said.
“We look forward to evolving the way we understand business through high quality research and practical experimentation.“