HomeThe Trinitian Researchervol. 6 no. 1 (2014)

Academe-industry Collaboration as a Means of Assessing Levels of Engagement

Marlon J. Gomez

Discipline: Education



Strategic interlink between industry and academe is a viable strategy to address the challenges that most educational institutions are facing today. Incorporating industry training and increasing the participation of industry practitioners in academic work have proven to be very beneficial at increasing efficiency, effectiveness and capacity building of the academe. Recognizing the advantages of academe industry collaboration, the study sought to identify and classify the various efforts exerted by the different disciplines in the academe to promote and maintain their collaboration with the industry along their levels of engagement in consultancy, research, on-the-job training and curriculum development. Results of the study show that Humanities have relatively low engagement ratings while Social and Behavioral Sciences; Business Administration; and Engineering exhibit low to moderate levels of engagement. Mathematics and Computer Science; Service Trades and Mass Communication; and Documentation demonstrate moderate to high levels of engagement with the industry. HEI’s have relative success at collaborating with industries in terms of curriculum development. On-the-job training (OJT) and consultancy are considered determinants of the levels of engagement and must be explored by HEIs to achieve significant collaboration between the academe and the industry. Research exhibits marginal influence and is indicative of low engagement between the academe and the industry along this area.