Structured knowledge transfer through online education: Mutual benefits for academia and industry
2016 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Scientists are required to disseminate the results of research to the society and companies participating in research projects. The dissemination procedure normally consists of seminars, scientific and layman journal contributions, and conferences that generally are not flexible and timely enought to capture industrial needs. In an effort to accelerate knowledge transfer and technology implementation to sustain and improve competitiveness, Jönköping University has developed a one-year online master programme in cast metals and processes in collaboration with the industry. The collaboration includes development of the curriculum, case studies, lectures and study visits. To explore the development process, we performed interviews and a survey with participating students/professionals, teachers and industrial partners. Our results show that a profound two-way knowledge transfer took place, and that course content and teaching were highly relevant to the industry. Furthermore, industry and academia engaged in new joint research collaborations. Consequently, we hypothesize that the procedure for structured knowledge transfer can be implemented in materials education at advanced level to foster engagement between university, industry and society.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Materials Engineering Learning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29782OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-29782DiVA: diva2:920026
8th International Materials Education Symposium, Cambridge, April 7-8, 2016.