New school director Martin Meyer pledges closer link with firms
Professor Martin Meyer,
director of Kent Business School
by business editor Trevor Sturgess
The new director of Kent Business School has pledged to
strengthen its links with firms across the county.
Professor Martin Meyer officially takes over the role in July,
although he will join the school in April. He currently heads
business and management at the University of Sussex in
KBS, part of the University of Kent, operates from campuses in
Canterbury and Medway. It has 1,600 students.
Applications to the Medway campus have risen 100%, with students
attracted by a year of practical experience in industry and
enhanced prospects for a job after graduation.
Prof Meyer said: “The school has a well-established reputation
as a leading regional centre for business and management research,
teaching and engagement, which I believe we can build on nationally
and indeed internationally.
"One of my first priorities will be to further strengthen the
School’s links with businesses in the region to facilitate the
mutually-beneficial transfer of cutting-edge knowledge and
An expert on innovation, his reasearch has focused on knowledge
exchange, academic patenting and emerging science-based
He has a particular interest in nanotechnologies and the way
technologies and knowledge can transfer between universities and
The school has also appointed Professor Veronica Wong, also from
the University of Sussex, to head its marketing group. She is an
expert in a number of research areas, including knowledge and
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