KTP Goes International!
Posted on 29/05/2019
Around sixty national and international guests from the university, business and political sectors participated in the KTP Day on May 17th 2019 at Dalarna Science Park in Borlänge, some 2 ½ hours north of Stockholm.
The day reflected on the success and challenges of the Swedish KTP programme which has been running as a regional pilot for 3 years; and highlighted the UK’s beneficial 40-year plus experience of delivering KTP nationally.
The main aim of the event was to consolidate a strategy to extend the Swedish KTP pilot programme from a regional focus into a national Swedish KTP programme.
“We have a national application to implement KTP at seven HEIs around Sweden so it feels exciting”, says Johan Kostela, department manager KTP Högskolan Dalarna. “There is a great variety of projects and they work just as well within the social services as in the IT industry and product development”, he added.
Lena Johansson Skeri from the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth was one of several speakers during the seminar and she could see many positive effects of the collaboration model.
“KTP contributes to many benefits, such as increased collaboration, growth, energy efficiency and enhanced entrepreneurial promotion”, she says.
This is something which has long been recognised here in the UK, with more than 800 organisations currently involved in KTP. Bringing commercial benefit to organisations large and small, the KTP model can be applied to any sector, leaving a legacy of embedded knowledge and fostering a culture of innovation.
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) aims to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. They are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) delivers the KTP programme and Awards on behalf of Innovate UK.
Find out more about how to participate in a KTP here.