Developed as a part of the EMCOSU (Emerging Modes of Cooperation between Private Sector Organisations and Universities) project, involving University and Enterprise partners from six European countries, this publication presents the results of a survey into employer perspectives on University-Business Cooperation (UBC). The survey sought input on a number of themes relevant to UBC, with a specific focus on employers and labour market actors. The original question set was varied and, as a consequence, the final report covers a number of important themes and perspectives, namely: UBC Modes and Activities (chapter 1), UBC Drivers and Barriers (chapter 2), UBC Outcomes and Impact (chapter 3), Company Perceptions of Universities and UBC (chapter 5), UBC and Employability (chapter 6), UBC at European Level (chapter 7), Employers’ Associations and UBC (chapter 8) and the Views of Sector Specific Experts on UBC (chapter 9). In total, close to 400 enterprises and associations - from Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Spain - provided input and insight during the initial consultation with a further 100 stakeholders consulted, from further afield, with a view to building the required wider European picture within chapter 7.
Whilst the initial data set centres predominantly on five European countries, there are a number of key messages provided in this report, notably obvious in the Conclusions in chapter 10, which are just as relevant to those operating in other institutions, countries or localities. Notably, the focus of this report is on employers, yet there are a number of complementary reports and materials (each separately presented in the WBL Toolkit) that widen the scope of the initial investigation to other actors and stakeholders. Findings are equally useful for those governing and initiating cooperation and collaboration as they are for those working to strengthen or extend existing partnerships. The report exists in English only.