Trenton, NJ — New Jersey Business magazine, a publication of New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) has published a special supplement, “Innovation Ecosystem: Forging Academic & Industry Collaborations,” that was unveiled in June at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s (BIO) annual international convention in San Francisco.
The supplement includes profiles of Montclair State University, Rowan University, Rutgers University and Stevens Institute of Technology.
In the report’s introductory letter, New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks wrote, “Now, more than ever, our New Jersey colleges and universities are becoming fully engaged partners with business and industry. Together, we are conducting exciting research, equipping students with industry-valued credentials and degrees, while driving innovation that will keep us competitive in the global economy.”
“New collaborations and opportunities can be found on nearly every campus of our 65 institutions of higher education,” Hendricks noted.
“Together, we are building a Statewide Longitudinal Data System that will track student performance from kindergarten, though high school, college and into the workforce, giving us valuable information that we can use to learn how our institutions are meeting the needs of our students as they enter the workplace,” she continued.
In addition, Secretary Hendricks said, “We are working with the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy to form high-quality partnerships with business and industry.”
In addition, she said, “Through our New Jersey Prior Learning Assessment Network (NJ PLAN), universities and colleges are finding ways to bring adults back to higher education, speeding their re-integration into the workplace by giving them credentials and credit for college-level knowledge they have accrued while working.”
“Our STEM Pathways Network is working with colleges and universities to improve the delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the K-12 system, so that more students will be better prepared to fill the jobs of the future,” she said.
“Our Council on Innovation is improving communication between industry and academia, searching for projects that will benefit both,” Hendricks added.
To access New Jersey Business’ 16-page supplement, click below.