Academia and Industry Collaborations: A Research and Professional Perspective

Wilson R. Nyemba, Charles Mbohwa, Keith F. Carter

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While collaborations between polytechnics and industry existed and were well pronounced in the earlier revolutions where apprenticeship training was key to driving industry, the relationship between industry and universities was not well pronounced. The transformations in the engineering education sector, especially from the third to the fourth Industrial Revolution, saw the introduction of industrial attachments for both the traditional and technical universities. This was partly in response to the demands for appropriate skills due to the fourth Industrial Revolution and it was also meant to address the gap created by the conversion of polytechnics to universities. This chapter focusses on the collaborations between various tertiary institutions, both the traditional and technical universities, and industry partners in Southern Africa from 2011 to 2020, in order to establish effectiveness of such relationships and how this could be synthesised and modelled using systems thinking for repeatability and sustainability in capacity building in order to bridge the gap between academia and industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameEAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing
ISSN (Print)2522-8595
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8609


  • Academia–industry partnerships
  • Attachments
  • Attributes
  • Competences
  • Continuous professional development
  • Industrial secondments
  • International backstopping
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Resources and equipment
  • Technology transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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