The event is part of the efforts of public universities to convert knowledge generated into benefits for society.

In order to open collaborative spaces and dialogue to generate multidisciplinary alliances between the productive sector and academia, the VI Congress of the Business-University Network Latin America and the Caribbean – European Union brought together teachers, students, researchers, business executives and linkage managers from different countries during the week of October 16th in San José.

During the four days of the event, workshops and conferences were offered on six thematic areas: Regional Innovation Strategies / Innovation Ecosystems and SMEs, Structure and Institutional Governance of University-Business Linking, Technology Transfer and Knowledge, Training for Entrepreneurship and Distance Education, Business Intelligence and Technological Surveillance, and the Challenge of Employability of University Graduates.

One of the workshops taught was “University-Business Linking from the Perspective of Costa Rican Public Universities: Experiences of Success in Linking Projects”, in charge of the Nexo University-Company Subcommittee of CONARE.

The objective was to provide participants practical tools to consider for the development of university-business link projects through a dynamic methodology of “learning by doing”, inspired by high-speed racing and pit stops.

There was also an exhibition space of entrepreneurs and academics, who shared experiences of University-Business linkage. At the end of the workshop, new topics and discussion questions were generated addressed to the final panel in which the expositors of success stories expanded their responses.

According to Yorleny Campos, innovation manager at Proinnova UCR and in charge of the workshop, having such spaces is really important for successful alliances, “there are tips and learned processes that deserve to be shared in dialogical and collaborative processes”.

In addition, to maintain these company-university links is also important to transform the character of knowledge generator of the study center, which affects the benefits for the Costa Rican society.

During the workshop organized by NEXO Subcommittee, the participants concluded that it is possible to take into account the very important components, such as trust between the university and the company, the counting of communication channels and the well-developed legal instruments, the support and accompaniment in the processes of knowledge and technology transfer, and the clear definition of the resources proposed by both parties.

For Marianela Cortés, director of Proinnova, University-Business linkage generates these spaces of convergence, where knowledge is the result of research, social action and teaching.

The Congress is just one of the efforts made by the ALCUE Network to establish successful links between companies and public universities. Since its foundation in 2013, we have assumed that this alliance has to be seen as an action that is carried out within the framework of innovation and development systems in Ibero-America, under the specific socio-economic and technical conditions in the different territories.

For this, we have already held six annual conferences, publications, digital courses, meetings and thematic conferences on the areas of interest of the Network, with the aim of encourage an important flow of information that should enhance the knowledge of good practices in linking.

Valeria López

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