Business Engagement Is No Longer an Optional Extra for Universities

  • Quintin McKellarEmail author


This chapter addresses the importance of building links between higher education and the business community, arguing that the pursuit of knowledge has always had application to developments outside of academia, with business links not only providing economic benefits for the community but personal and professional benefits for the individual. It examines high-level strategic actions taken in the UK and elsewhere to promote links between businesses and universities, concluding that the mission of universities will continue to evolve to benefit the societies they are part of.


University business engagement University business collaboration Enterprise Research Innovation Knowledge exchange Skills Graduate jobs Spinouts Intellectual property 



The author is most grateful to Tamsin James and Emma Pritchard for the background research and critical review of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HertfordshireHatfieldUK

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