Victoria Galan Muros and Todd Davey have authored an opinion article on Research Media’s blog spot (Click here for the Research Media blog). Research Media is an international dissemination expert that offers a full suite of editorial, design and production services to research projects across the globe. Please find the blog article below:
European universities have conducted research since the 17th Century; however, it was not their explicit task (or main interest) to ensure that its findings were applied in society. Indeed, most universities have traditionally been perceived as ‘ivory towers’, producing knowledge for its own sake without much contact with their communities.
However, during the last decades of the 20th Century, policy makers and university managers started asking big questions: How can we undertake science relevant to society? And how can the knowledge developed by universities be better managed and transferred to have a greater impact on the communities?
Nowadays, evidence of universities collaborating externally with business is increasing, with some outstanding examples of science playing a crucial role in regional development, such as the University of Twente (The Netherlands), Coventry University (UK) or Linköping University (Sweden). In this way, university and business worlds are moving closer, and these blurring boundaries benefit everyone.