For Immediate Release
Large room for improvement in Polish university-business cooperation
Dear Kari Hyppönen,
A European study on university-business cooperation in 33 countries for the European Commission shows that cooperation in Poland is below the European average but academics as well as businesses plan to increase their collaborative activities in the future.
Approximately 70% of Polish academics are not engaged in cooperation with businesses at all, however those engaged are satisfied and generally recommend it. Although student internships in companies and joint research and development (R&D) are the most common activities, some academics also act as consultants for business and some businesses participate in lifelong learning. Nonetheless, the support for students and academics who want to create their own business is still very scarce.
Polish businesses are motivated to collaborate mainly to obtain funding and get access to new technologies and knowledge, whereas academics are driven by the potential to improve their research and teaching through this collaboration. They all consider that cooperation could thrive if funding exists and if it is based on previous contacts and good personal relationships.
Barriers to collaboration are perceived to be higher than in other European countries, according to 1.048 Polish representatives from academia and business. Bureaucracy and lack of funding are among the main barriers for academics. Polish businesses are hindered by the university’s focus on producing scientific outcomes instead of more practical ones and its lack of people with business knowledge.
Polish academics mostly cooperate with large and small/micro-sized businesses at a regional or national level, but more than 60% of cooperating businesses are also engaged in collaboration with foreign universities.
The Polish UBC national report can be accessed through the following link:
The UBC national reports are part of the ‘State of University-Business Cooperation in Europe’ () – see below. However, the results of these national reports cannot be directly compared and ranked, since they are based on respondents’ perceptions.
For further information about the report of UBC in Poland or if you want us to double-check your piece on this topic, please contact Nino Japarashvili
Importance of university-business cooperation
The cooperation between universities and businesses is getting more common across Europe as a potential way to tackle institutional problems such as the businesses need of talent and innovations as well as the universities need to be relevant for the labour market and transfer research results. Governments are increasingly investing more funds to support this cooperation, which can help address social problems such as youth unemployment, lack of competitiveness and slow social and economic growth as well as be the source of regional and national innovation ecosystems.
About ‘The State of University-Business Cooperation in Europe’
The project has been conducted during 2016 and 2017 by a consortium led by the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre (Germany) for the European Commission. It aims to get a more profound, comprehensive and up to date understanding of the state of university-business cooperation (UBC) in Europe, from the perspective of both the higher education institutions and the business sector. The project explored the state of play of UBC in different countries, examining the main drivers and barriers for the different stakeholders, regulatory frameworks and the existing measures supporting UBC at a national level. This was done through over 20 expert interviews, 52 good practise case studies, UBC policy and indicator reviews as well as a major survey conducted in 33 countries that led to 17410 responses.
In addition, over 20 national reports have been designed as part of this project. They offer insights into each country’s cooperation efforts, barriers, drivers, support mechanisms and perceived capabilities. The national reports provide evidence that can support academic, businesses and governments decision-making to foster UBC development in a national context.
For further information about the project, please visit https://ub-cooperation.eu/ and/or contact:
Todd Davey, Project Director,
Arno Meerman, Project Manager,
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