Universities and higher learning institutions need the correct strategies, policies and networks in place in order to promote a successful culture of knowledge exchange.

This was the message from Dr Alexandra Bush (left), Managing Consultant at Oxentia Ltd, who led the discussion on Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) at the Train-the-Trainer workshop last week. The event was the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme’s first dedicated attempt at equipping academics and other professionals with strategies to translate research into innovation and commercialisation of products and services. This was all to bridge the gap between research, innovation and commercialisation that has, for years, been a matter of concern to South Africa’s higher education institutions. Dr Bush was one of the six consultants from Oxentia Ltd, who facilitated the British Council-funded workshop.