Malta Enterprise brings together academia and industry reps

(source: Malta Enterprise media)

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In an attempt to bring together academia and industries for nourishing further collaboration and synergies between the key stakeholders, Malta Enterprise has organised a round table to discuss the current challenges faced by Maltese industries, according to a press statement sent to Business Malta.

“Such initiatives work to further develop Malta’s research and innovation ecosystem — which is one of the agency’s primary aims, as a collaboration between industry, the public sector and academia remains critical to sustaining both economic and social development,” the Malta Enterprise said.

During the event, Malta Enterprise CEO Kurt Farrugia stressed the importance of strengthening strategic cooperation by stimulating industries and motivating academics to collaborate together.

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“The importance of such collaboration is crucial to ensure that we edge our innovation element even further — especially given the current high-paced growth and dynamic investment climate in Malta. This is key to sustain and drive to new heights, our economic and social growth,” according to the Malta Enterprise.

Malta Enterprise says it will keep its commitment to holding similar initiatives which the organisation hopes will result in forging closer ties between academia, industry and the government. “The role of the government will be that of a catalyst to facilitate closer interaction between academia and industry,” Malta Enterprise says in the press statement.

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Dr Christopher Haley, Head of New Technology & Startup Research at Nesta, chaired the Academia & Industry roundtable. Senior representatives from the government, the University of Malta, the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology (MCAST), Chamber of Commerce and various industry players gathered together to explore further avenues how to bridge the gaps between academia and industry. Present for the meeting were the President of the Chamber of Commerce David Xuereb, representatives from the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses, the Ministry for European Affairs and Equality, the University of Malta, MCAST, MCST, National Skills Council together with representatives from Trelleborg, Abertax Technologies and Raesch Quarz Ltd.