As Sri Lanka is becoming an upper middle income country, collaboration between universities and industries is critical for improving skills development (education and training), strengthening of knowledge production and dissemination (innovation and technology transfer), and the promotion of entrepreneurship (start-ups and spin-offs).
The benefits of University-Industry (U-I) linkages are wide-reaching: they can help coordinate and exploit synergies and complementarities of scientific and technological capabilities, and increase innovation in companies creating new market opportunities and job growth. University-industry collaboration can also expand the relevance of research carried out at universities and research institutes, and foster the commercialization of public R&D outcomes.
It is in this context that the Project Office of the Higher Education for the Twenty-First Century (HETC) Project under the Ministry of Higher Education is undertaking a survey to universities and industries in Sri Lanka on U-I collaboration. The survey is supported by the University Grant Commission (UGC) and private sector representatives.