The vice-chancellor of Queens University Belfast, Prof Peter Gregson, has said that greater business and university collaboration is essential to ensure future economic growth in Northern Ireland.
Gregson’s words came ahead of a visit by CBI Director-General Richard Lambert, author of the influential Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration. Lambert will be taking part in a question-and-answer session with local business and public sector leaders at Queen’s on Wednesday evening at an event organised jointly by the CBI and the Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s.
Gregson said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Richard Lambert to Queen’s. The Lambert Review stressed that a strong, healthy partnership between business and higher education is not only desirable but essential if the UK is to compete effectively in the global economy. And I believe that there is a clear onus on all of us in universities and the business world to make such a relationship work.
‘Put most simply, universities create knowledge, and industry and commerce can exploit that knowledge to create wealth.
‘At Queen’s we have a strong working partnerships with the business community, both locally and internationally. We contribute to economic growth via cutting-edge research, promoting an entrepreneurial culture amongst our staff and students, and developing global networks and partnerships.’