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University of Central Oklahoma launches partnership with South Korean university

EDMOND — A new partnership between the University of Central Oklahoma and a university in South Korea will create study abroad opportunities for students at both schools, UCO officials said.

The university has signed an agreement with Busan National University of Education in Busan, South Korea. The agreement gives students from the College of Education and Professional Studies a chance to study in South Korea.

Students in the college often have a difficult time fitting a semester abroad into their college experience, said Dennis Dunham, executive director of UCO’s Office of International Studies. Students follow a tight curriculum, he said, so it can be difficult for them to find courses at universities abroad that match up with.

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Gillard Government’s $1 billion Jobs Plan

Joint media release with the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, and the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Wayne Swan MP

A $1 billion investment in boosting Australian innovation, productivity and competitiveness will generate business opportunities and economic growth for the future, as part of the Gillard Government’s plan to support and create jobs.

The Government’s Industry and Innovation Statement, A Plan for Australian Jobs, will back our firms to win more work at home, support industry to win new business abroad and help our small businesses to thrive and grow.

Our plan will give Australian firms a fair chance to win work on major resources and infrastructure projects, improving their opportunities to gain the experience, scale and business connections needed to successfully become part of global supply chains.

It will translate the nation’s research effort into better economic outcomes by promoting collaboration between businesses and research institutions through a major new network of Industry Innovation Precincts.

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UC Berkeley, UCSF and Stanford join forces to help commercialize university innovations

BERKELEY, SAN FRANCISCO, PALO ALTO –The University of California, Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Stanford University are collaborating on an educational program aimed at commercializing university research and fostering innovation locally and nationally, thanks to a three-year, $3.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The “I-Corps Node: NSF Bay Area Regional I-Node Program” is one of three new Innovation Corps (or I-Corps) Nodes that the NSF is establishing across the United States, the NSF announced yesterday, Feb. 21, 2013. The goal of I-Corps is to increase the impact of NSF-funded research by setting up innovation ecosystems within universities that will train the next generation of entrepreneurs, encourage partnerships between academia and industry, and commercialize science and technology. The resources of the program are available to NSF principal investigators and their graduate students, as well as local and national startups.

The San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley Node is coordinated by UC Berkeley in collaboration with UCSF and Stanford University. The node is headed by Richard Lyons, dean of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank, entrepreneurship lecturer at Berkeley and Stanford. André Marquis, executive director of the Haas School’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, serves the role of Node manager.

“Our three universities are the source of so many ground-breaking discoveries that can be put into service of society and this grant will allow us to develop next-generation processes to tap them and bring them to market,” says Berkeley-Haas Dean Rich Lyons. “Getting better at this means more jobs, more economic value and better lives.”

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University of Maryland seeks to create innovation hub

University of Maryland, College Park and two other East Coast schools will share $3.75 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a regional hub for turning university research into marketable products and services.

University of Maryland will be working with George Washington University and Virginia Tech to create an Innovation Corps for the mid-Atlantic region. The initiative will aim to draw out the best research ideas from students and faculty members and bring them to the commercial market.

The partnership with George Washington and Virginia Tech is the university’s most recent effort to increase the number of new companies launched from university research. College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore recently merged their tech transfer offices to create UM Ventures. The initiative is intended to increase the number of new companies that are launched out of researcher ideas by seeking out promising ideas rather than waiting for professors to come forward.

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Infrastructure for Manufacturing

State Science & Technology Institute highlighted three new proposals geared toward providing a more robust infrastructure and innovative partnership opportunities for the manufacturing industry.

  • Race to the shop – Competition
  • Proposal for New National Science Foundation initiative which will identify 20 Univerisities as a core group – focused on improving U.S. manufacturing competitiveness
  • Proposal for 25 manufacturing hubs with specialized themes, comprised of multi-agency partnerships

To read more about these manufacturing proposals/programs visit State Science and Technology Institute Weekly Digest.