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The University of East Anglia Seeks Business Collaborations

Posted by Richard Ward

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The University of East Anglia (UEA) has bought together businesses to discuss the government's Industry Strategy, what it could mean for the area, and opportunities to collaborate in order to deliver it.

The government's Industrial Strategy whitepaper was published in 2017 and sets out how to focus productivity, tackle challenges and foster partnerships between industry and government.

The event was hosted by UEA's Vice Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor and helped introduce the five foundations identified by the strategy. These include ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment, and place and helped shape discussions on how these can be strengthened throughout the region, with support from the Norwich based university.

UEA's Vice Chancellor, Professor David Richardson, said: "The industrial strategy is ambitious, but it is great to see UEA and Norwich Research Park identified as key to its success locally."

"Part of our vision 2030 is to deepen UEA's engagement with our community, particularly with business and enterprise."

"As local organisations, we must continue to work together to develop partnerships and leverage investment in this region."

UEA has received additional Higher Education Innovation funding to support and develop collaborations with business via projects linked to the Industrial Strategy. It is hoped local projects will drive growth, prosperity and productivity in the East of England.

Meanwhile, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Fiona Lettice, added: "We have world class research and expertise to share and by working together on the four challenge areas and five foundations we can learn from each other's good practice and innovate to accelerate economic growth and productivity within the region and beyond."