Texas A&M Global
Size and wide open spaces are not the only things Queensland has in common with Texas. Our economies are similar, as are our research strengths in life sciences, agriculture, aquaculture, resources and engineering.
The Queensland-Texas A&M Global Commercialisation Partnership is but one product of our common ground. Texas A&M is one of the USA’s largest higher education providers, and an acknowledged leader in commercialisation.
In May 2016, Queensland’s relationship with Texas A&M reached a new milestone with the securing of a major agreement. During a visit to the College Station campus, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch announced the Queensland Government had become an executive member of the Open Worldwide Innovation Network (OWIN).
Established by Texas A&M in 2013, OWIN is a not-for-profit innovation network promoting market access, entrepreneurship and technology commercialisation.
Queensland’s Trade and Investment Commissioner’s office in Houston helped establish this important partnership. It will play a key role in assisting Queensland businesses benefit from our membership to OWIN.
Open Worldwide Innovation Network
The impressive west entrance to the Texas A&M campus.
Besides Texas A&M, other OWIN executive members include the Foreign Trade and Export Agency of one of Europe’s most dynamic innovation hubs, Wallonia in Belgium. The commercial arm of Tsinghua University, one of China’s top universities, is also a member.
Through OWIN, Queensland businesses and universities will have access to:
- important partners in the US, Europe and China
- potential new venture financing
- targeted trade delegations.