From the Ivory Tower to the Corporate Tower
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 17 Oct 1985, p. 59-70
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From the Ivory Tower to the Corporate Tower


Some opening remarks about National Universities Week to begin in two day's time, and universities in general. The audience and general public as beneficiaries of university research, with examples. How universities are important to individuals and to business and industry. A major transformation in business-university relationships in Canada. Address focusses on one aspect of university-industry relationships: the flow of new graduates who go from universities each year to jobs in Canadian companies (more than half). A brief history of how universities have always prepared graduates for employment. The question of quality—how well are the universities doing today? Some positive signals, as well as anecdotal evidence. The Corporate-Higher Education Forum. A Forum Task Force on Human Resource Management: how the study was undertaken, by the speaker and a colleague. Major findings and conclusions from the study. Some personal observations. The work of the Corporate-Higher Education Forum and how it can assist not only universities and corporations, but governments, to choose appropriate strategies and policies.