This paper reviews existing university and industry research collaboration and to develop a best practice model suitable for facilitating research collaboration.

The important roles of Higher Education Institutes/Universities in creating and disseminating knowledge to the society research have been widely acknowledged and in many cases directly embodied in research collaborations between universities and industry partners. Depending on the environment, i.e. government’s policies/regulations/supports and the existing research culture in different countries, different collaboration mechanisms exist. As a part of a small-scale research project aiming to develop a best practice collaboration model between universities and industry partners, this paper reports the review of various existing collaboration models. This provides a platform for developing data collection instrument in this research. Questionnaires involving construction professionals in Australia have been considered suitable to facilitate data collection. The subsequent data analysis intended is also discussed in this paper to clarify the way forward for this research.

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