Australia has a poor report card when it comes to university-business collaboration. It ranks last among OECD countries when comparing the proportion of businesses working with universities.
But this is not all. Australia ranks only 72nd in the world on the Innovation Efficiency Ratio, a measure comparing innovation inputs to outputs. And we have one of the lowest numbers of scientific publications co-authored by industry in the OECD.
There is a clear impetus for change. A change towards more academic collaboration with industry.