Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) accelerate responsible "smart" innovations to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate Action. The programme leverages the University for Sustainability's global ecosystem in support of its academic institutes, social enterprise, youth and responsible technological innovation for a just and humanitarian transformation.
The KTP helps member academic institutes to increase their research productivity, postgraduate student success, and social impact while across sectors social enterprises improve their competitiveness and productivity through access to innovative SDG solutions that reside within the University for Sustainability global ecosystem. The programme serves to meet a core strategic need to identify innovative SDG solutions to help grow social enterprise. It delivers benefits for social enterprise partners as a direct result of the partnership through improved quality and operations, access to smart solutions and markets. It does this by linking social enterprise partners with a University for Sustainability academic or research organisation member and a postgraduate student. It enables a social enterprises to bring in new leadership skills, the latest academic thinking, and innovations to deliver a specific, strategic project through a knowledge-based partnership.
The University for Sustainability social enterprise partner shall help to recruit a suitable postgraduate, referred to as an Associate. The partner will act as the employer of the Associate, who then works at the organisation for the duration of the project.
For Social Enterprises:
Taking part in a partnership can help your to develop your enterprise. You can get academic expertise that you don’t have in-house. This can improve your performance and help you to become more productive, social benefit and impact.
A Partnership may be partially funded by a grant. Your enterprise will need to contribute to compensate the Associate who will work with you, plus the cost of a partner academic supervisor who will oversee the scheme. The enterprise contribution depends on the scale and length of the project.
For Academic or Research organisations:
The University for Sustainability's academic member who take part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership produce more new research projects and research papers for each project.
How to apply:
If you are interested in taking part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership click the button below. The University's social enterprise partners will be invited to detail their requirements.