A key element of current EC agendas and policies is that universities should develop structured partnerships with the world of enterprise in order to "become significant players in the economy, able to respond better and faster to the demands of the market and to develop partnerships which harness scientific and technological knowledge". It is suggested that enterprises could help universities to reshape curricula, governance structures and contribute to funding. In the context of the current economic downturn there is renewed urgency to building better business-university links as a means to strengthen Europe's knowledge triangle.
Aqua-tnet's Work Package 'Stakeholder Cooperation' has a dedicated subgroup for Industry, which is coordinated and monitored by David Bassett, on behalf of the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP).
The main objectives are to encourage cooperation between the worlds of education, training and work and increase the amount of communication channels between the different stakeholders and learning providers in order to ensure constant and effective transfer of latest knowledge & to develop a structured partnership between the Aqua-tnet Erasmus network with industry, most notably the Technology Platforms in our area such as EATIP and TECNOPEIXE to establish structured partnerships with the world of enterprise, so we become better able to respond better and faster to the demands of the market.POST A JOB!
Improving communication between all stakeholders in education and training (teachers, students, researchers and industry) is vital for shaping provision that really meets the current and future needs of our sector and everyone involved. Workpackage 6 (Stakeholder Cooperation) of the Aqua-tnet project provides structured ways of encouraging and facilitating this interaction. However, this is something that should involve everyone all the time. Social Media has emerged as an ideal way of achieving this and Aqua-tnet now has groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. If you are a member of either of these services, please join our discussion group and share your experiences, questions and insights. Both groups are closed (only visible to members):
Facebook is our less formal forum - easily post chat, news, photos and video and comment on posts from other people. Useful links to other resources are frequently posted here and some of our project resources are also directly available from the group page. This is probably the best forum for connecting with students.
LinkedIn is mainly used to discuss more substantive topics and for event promotions or job adverts. This is probably the best forum for connecting with academics and research professionals.
Contribute to learning materials
Anyone involved in the aquaculture or fisheries industries can play a very useful role in ensuring teachers and learners have access to good quality and up-to-date resources, particularly photographs and videos of aquaculture methods, equipment and processes etc. If you use the photo-sharing site Flickr, please join the Aqua-tnet group and share relevant photos or video with our community. If you have posted videos to YouTube we can include them in a relevant playlist in our Aqua-tnet Channel:
If you are a Flickr member (free) you can share photos, graphics and video with other members of our network via our Flickr Group. This gives teachers and learners permission to use the material in their teaching or student reports providing suitable acknowledgement is given.
If you have uploaded videos to YouTube that you would like to share with the Aqua-tnet community please send us a link via the "Contact Us" link in the menu bar above. As a visitor to the Aqua-tnet YouTube Channel you will find playlists of videos that you might find interesting for your own learning.
For deeper involvement, Workpackage 1 is developing a set of online case studies of specific farms, to use as a basis for private study and group exercises. The aim is to link theoretical principles with real challenges and situations faced by industry. View a presentation on this by WP1 leader, Odd-Ivar Lekang and use the "Contact Us" link if you would like to get involved and contribute to a case study or associated exercises. You may also be interested in John Bostock's presentation to the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP) meeting in September 2013 on strengthening engagement between business and academia.