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University of Arkansa
Fayetteville, AR
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U-I Outside Major Metros Workshop: University of Arkansas

May 21, 2019 - May 23, 2019

University-Industry Engagement outside Major Metropolitan Areas and Megacities: Identifying Issues and Finding Solutions

On May 21st – 23rd, the University of Arkansas, in collaboration with UIDP, is hosting a three-day forum in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Universities and companies outside major metropolitan areas are invited to attend.

The workshop will leverage diverse experts and recruit attendees from metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas across the United States. Discussions will include practical approaches that can be used by academic, corporate, government, and nonprofit groups in a community.


Attendees will assess existing national models, brainstorm new programs and ideas, and develop steps that can be taken to improve academic-corporate engagement in non-metropolitan regions.  Objectives are to advance university missions (teaching, research, service, and economic development), company goals, and local and state economies.

Topics for discussion include:

  • existing national programs that universities and companies use for research collaboration that can lead to economic development at every level
  • successful (and not so successful) strategies for university-industry engagement
  • strengthening graduate and undergraduate research
  • technology commercialization
  • career development and workforce pipelines
  • global competitiveness and influence
  • the importance of diversity and inclusion in innovation teams

More details and logistics coming soon.

University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

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