Universities and Corporations—Drivers of the Knowledge Economy

From Silicon Valley to Austin’s technology cluster to Richardson’s Telecom Corridor, university-corporate collaborations are fueling the innovation age. Successful partnerships typically start with recruiting, research and professional development, but grow into broader and deeper engagements that include:

  • Serving on advisory councils. Advisory council members serve as liaisons between UT Dallas and the community. Members assist University leaders in matters that range from alumni involvement to community outreach, and include responsibilities such as providing input regarding curriculum enhancements and increasing awareness of UT Dallas.

  • Giving guest lectures

  • Providing company tours for top students.

  • Being a mentor. The Alumni Mentor Program allows you to choose your mentor activity, decide how to connect with the student, arrange for job shadowing and facilitate career discussions. The Naveen Jindal School of Management: MBA Power of Two Mentoring Program assigns a local business leader to each Full-Time MBA program student to serve as a professional contact and advisor.

  • Hosting alumni events. Corporate alumni receptions provide an important venue for networking and learning. Our corporate hosts provide an opportunity for UT Dallas alumni to hear from University leaders and to network with senior academic leaders. PowerGrid is a networking group for Jindal School of Management alumni. Events are held quarterly at locations around DFW and event speakers feature industry or community leaders.

  • Engaging with student societies including engineering and computer science organizations and Jindal School of Management organizations.

  • Investing in scholarships and fellowships allows corporations to support the success of students at many different levels. Annual named scholarships can be awarded at $500 and above, while endowments and endowed naming opportunities enable scholarships to be awarded in perpetuity.

  • Corporate sponsored and corporate funded student projects for engineering and computer science UTDesign, School of Management, business idea competitions and venture development and innovation programs.

To learn more about these and other ways to partner with UT Dallas, please contact any of the corporate relationship managers.