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Chan, K.T.K., Chan, A.P.C, & Yeung, J.F.Y. (April, 2011). Enhancing University- Industry collaboration via teaching company scheme: A case study on research partnerships in Hong Kong. Paper presented at 36th Annual Conference for Australian University Building Educators, Bond University, Gold Coast.


The concept of partnering has gained growing attention in the research community in the past two decades. Various issues associated with partnering have been widely investigated in the prevailing literature. These research efforts have built up a solid theoretical foundation for partnering development. A review of prevailing literature indicates that case study, survey and interview are the common research approaches employed for partnering research. Close collaboration between the industry and university can facilitate the research process, especially on soliciting information and insights from practitioners in partnering. To facilitate collaboration between industry and university, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) introduced a collaborative platform, termed as Teaching Company Scheme (TCS), which enables companies to take on university’s research expertise to conduct business-specific research projects. At the same time, universities can put the research deliverables into real business world to increase practical values of research. This paper aims to introduce the organization and operation of TCS by a case study on a successful TCS between a utility company in Hong Kong and PolyU. This paper concludes that the TCS is an effective means to foster collaboration between industry and university, resulting enhancement of both theoretical and empirical development of partnering research



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