University and Industry: Bridging the Gap

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Dr. Ali Al Soufi: University and Industry: Bridging the Gap

Dr. Ali Al Soufi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Bahrain with expertise in Information Systems (Business Informatics), Information Science. In his talk in TEDxSakhir, Dr. Al Soufi narrates the challenges of a university-industry collaboration and his journey of establishing a team of students and professors to create highly advanced mobile applications and sell them to organisations in Bahrain.

The main challenge between industry and the academic is difference in mindset between both parties. As such, both are living in two different worlds with varying goals. In addition, there is a myth about academic’s capabilities and quality. Often, academics are perceived to be (1) unorganised and fail to meet deadlines (2) too theoretical (3) lack understanding of industry’s challenges and pains (4) poor in marketing.

Participate in the upcoming QS WorldClass 2018 from 16-18 April 2018.

This is an event organised exclusively for senior higher education leaders and key industry partners. Interested in making a change to the higher education world? Come join us in Abu Dhabi as we discuss on the “Changes in University/Industry Interaction”.