Aston University driving force in knowledge sharing

UK- Turkey Partnership knowledge sharing panel discussion

24 October 2012

Aston University was invited by the British Council to discuss ways to secure a successful future for business and education partnerships between Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Professor Gina Rippon, of Aston University, was among key panel representatives answering questions on employment, entrepreneurship and growth. The event held in Istanbul earlier this month brought together business leaders and policy makers from the UK and Turkey to address some of the key issues emerging in the current economic climate.

The "Question Time" styled Panel discussion focused on themes surrounding employment, entrepreneurship and growth. As part of the UK-Turkey Knowledge Partnership, the discussion looked at how governments, businesses and education providers can best collaborate to help ensure growth. This included how to develop an enterprising mindset among young adults to in turn help develop business leaders and industries of the future.

Those involved included the President of the Turkish Higher Education Council, the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges in Turkey and the Chair of the Turkish-UK Business Community in the Foreign Economic Relations Board.

Audience members included UK and Turkish business representatives, journalists, senior government policy makers and regional development agencies.

Professor Gina Rippon, Aston University said; “It’s important that industry understand resources that universities have to offer and that universities also understand the needs of industry. This includes training needs such as management and entrepreneurship, and research and development opportunities. Institutions like Aston University strongly encourage business and academia relations, this is evident through our active involvement in and development of business start-up support schemes, such as the Birmingham BSEEN”.

The UK Government has recently set up a £50 million growth and innovation fund to support employers in addressing the skills needs - recognising the vital importance of a properly skilled workforce for stable economic growth.


For further media information please contact Alex Earnshaw Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4549

For further details about the event please contact Professor Gina Rippon Aston University, Life and Health Sciences on 0121 204 4080

Alternatively for further details about the event please visit British Council website