Issue 20
Monday, 20 November 2017
Charles Darwin University
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Research Training Professor Lawrence Cram
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Research Training Professor Lawrence Cram

Partnerships key to solving complex issues

Charles Darwin University remains committed to developing high-quality mutually beneficial partnerships that have the potential to advance economic growth and social development, a senior executive told delegates at the Business / Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) in Darwin recently.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President Research and Research Training Professor Lawrence Cram said that while CDU had developed several outstanding partnerships in recent years, the challenge remained to broaden and deepen existing engagements and to identify new opportunities.

“We are eager to explore short, sharp, targeted partnerships that might be appropriate for rapidly growing small businesses,” Professor Cram said.

“It is through our partnerships with government, industry and community that we contribute expert and reliable knowledge that help solve complex problems and deliver quality outcomes in our region.”

Professor Cram said CDU greatly valued its partnerships with organisations such as SPEE3D, the Darwin Innovation Hub, the Darwin Bushfire Centre, Power and Water, and safety training specialist ERGT.

 “These are examples of different worlds coming together, where both parties have invested time, social capital and money into a prospect with great potential for creating prosperity through partnership.”

Professor Cram said he had valued the opportunity to address the BHERT Round Table, which allowed executives from business, industry and CDU to explore what was possible in the realm of innovation-based partnerships.

“It was important to take a moment to review existing university-business and industry collaboration in the NT and to develop a better understanding of what can be achieved and what opportunities exist for increased engagement,” Professor Cram said.