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Knowledge exchange income is up to £4.2 billion, while university spin-offs and start-ups also posted strong growth

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Government plans rise in research spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP, far above UK

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Vice-chancellor predicts that sector’s ‘slightly snobbish’ attitude will be swiftly eroded

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Concerns raised over splitting research and universities, while Theresa May’s focus on ‘industrial strategy’ prompts questions

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Times Higher Education’s debut event on universities’ innovation and impact will be held in partnership with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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Teesside has been hit hard economically by the closure of a steelwork plant and the loss of thousands of jobs, says Jane Turner. The area's university has a huge role to play in its recovery

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Energy, ingenuity and international outlook make HK a fertile territory for success, says Peter Mathieson

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David Matthews reports from Canada on a model that gives students up to two years in work placements

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Gearing research too far towards industry goals can lead to short-termist approach, warns Brian MacCraith

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Paper finds that UK sandwich course students ‘outshine’ their overseas counterparts in the final year of university

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Graduate start-ups also show employment and turnover growth, although fewer are being founded

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Academic casts doubt on universities’ spin-off success and impact on SMEs

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A UK university is leading a team to promote academic links with industry in Colombia, Panama and beyond

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Hermann Hauser, who led efforts to launch Catapult network of commercialisation centres, sees a major cultural difference between UK and Germany

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How do universities rated ‘best for industry connections’ improve their students’ employability?

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Institutions will struggle with Chinese government push on entrepreneurship, Ellie Bothwell hears Zhejiang University dean tell conference in Beijing

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Conference hears that fundamental skills, rather than specific languages, will serve graduates throughout their careers

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Scholars in the UK and Australia contemptuous of impact statements and often exaggerate them, study suggests

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Times Higher Education World University Rankings data reveal the 20 best institutions based on private-sector investment per academic

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Despite claims that engagement with business is as important as research and teaching, academics find they have no time for work outside the academy

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