Corporate Relations

Matching World-Class Research with Industry Leaders

As corporations expand globally and work locally, they seek the “front door” to an academic institution that the Corporate Relations Office of Blue Sky University can provide. The mission of the Office of Corporate Relations is to create and maintain dynamic relationships with business and industry. Working with companies and business entrepreneurs, the Office of Corporate Relations helps the private sector fully explore partnership opportunities across the Blue Sky U campus. Opportunities for collaboration include sponsored research, career services and internship placement, corporate philanthropy, leadership and professional development and specialized training. Blue Sky University is uniquely positioned to showcase the best practices that can result from private sector/academic partnerships.

Blue Sky University fosters a climate where collaboration with industry thrives, generating both breakthrough discoveries and the science and technology that can support continuous innovation. With a long history of very productive relationships with corporations of all sizes, from startups to mature, successful enterprises, Blue Sky U provides our corporate partners with education, research partnerships, and connections to world class faculty and students.

At the Office of Corporate Relations, we believe that collaboration drives innovation. We work closely with faculty and researchers to keep up with the latest developments emerging in their respective fields of study. Strategic partnerships at Blue Sky U provide your organization with unparalleled access to cutting-edge research, and provide our students with invaluable real-world experience. Our world-class faculty and students perform cutting-edge, world-changing research that is not limited by the bounds of departments or fields. Our strong, interdisciplinary focus produces truly innovative results with applications in a variety of fields.

Collaboration with Blue Sky University offers industry more than just access to excellent research and talented future employees; it offers your company a unique opportunity to partner with a world leader in innovation. The Office of Corporate and Relations is here to assist you and your company in building strategic partnerships with the university in areas such as sponsored research, recruitment, technology transfer, continuing education, and philanthropy.

Engagement Opportunities

The creation and transfer of knowledge for the good of society is an underlying goal of higher education. While protecting its intellectual vitality and integrity, Blue Sky U seeks to maximize opportunities for partnerships and collaborations with industry. Corporations have invested substantially in the University through philanthropic support and support for research programs, and have interacted with faculty and students through participation in a wide range of industrial affiliates programs.

Support Faculty, Students, or Facilities Through a Broad Partnership

By making gifts to Blue Sky University, corporations strengthen their relationship with an innovative university, gain exposure to an important source of intellectual talent, support departments and faculty engaged in research related to their interests, honor individuals who have played key roles in their success, introduce their companies and their products to future users and consumers, and support and encourage the philanthropy of their employees.

Sponsor Research

As a strong research university, Blue Sky U receives funding from organizations that directly underwrite research projects. Usually awarded upon submission and evaluation of a proposal, sponsored projects typically include a statement of work, a budget, and terms for the disposition of resulting tangible and intangible property.

Why might industry contract out their research efforts to a University? The answers are as varied as the intellectual questions behind the projects; however the answer may be the desire to make best use of limited corporate resources, to take advantage of unique research facilities, and to engage faculty and students in questions which will impact the future of the world.

Join an Industrial Affiliate Program or Research Center in your Area of Interest

Industrial affiliate program memberships provide a “window” on the research activities of a specific Blue Sky U department or research program and afford companies the opportunity to enjoy special relationships in the areas of greatest value to them. Each affiliate program is free to focus on the interests of the involved Blue Sky U faculty and allied industries. While each program has its own benefits, consistent emphasis on close, effective communication exists between member companies and the faculty, staff, and students in the program.

Student Recruiting

Numerous employers work with the university’s Career Development Center to help locate graduating students for full-time positions, as well as other students for internships or summer employment. The Career Development Center can facilitates on-campus interviews, hosts career fairs, as well as maintaining job banks, databases and other online employment tools.

Another way to learn of and work with graduate students engaged in particular types of research is through faculty members who direct that research. Corporations may investigate the appropriate research center or industrial affiliate program for easier access and possibly a closer working relationship with faculty and students in a particular academic or technical area.

Student Organizations

Blue Sky University has many different student organizations. These organizations are often looking for speakers from industry and are an excellent informal way for corporations to get to know our students and students to know corporations.
Please contact the Office of Corporate Relations to explore have we may be assistance to your company.

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