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Company Partnerships

A primary focus of the LATeRAL program involves graduate studies coupled with strong professional development activities. Partner companies will typically sponsor the graduate education of their employees or top students from local universities, with the intent of the students returning to more senior positions at the company.

If your company chooses to be a strategic partner in this program with Purdue University, you can expect both well-trained future leaders and a long-term connection to Purdue that builds on our mutual success.  These benefits are made possible by several aspects of the program to which Purdue is committed:

  • Understanding your company needs and goals, and those of the company employee becoming a student
  • Matching students with strong faculty advisors at Purdue, and involving a home-country representative on the advisory committee (from university or company)
  • Involving students in interdisciplinary research that prepares them for team approaches to address complex problems as future leaders
  • Providing special training to students in entrepreneurship
  • Providing students exposure to translating research into commercialization
  • Identifying resources that help ensure students success as they return to industry
  • Maintaining long-term Purdue connection of former students for their success as industry leaders
  • Providing personalized logistical support to the students prior to and during their time at Purdue, and to company sponsoring the student

In addition to the core activities within LATeRAL, member companies will also receive the following benefits:

  • Opportunities for collaborations in research and education with Purdue
  • Opportunities for company to license Purdue Intellectual Property
  • Opportunities for company to sponsor research projects
  • Connecting company to Indiana businesses
  • Linking company to Purdue Research Park (start-up incubator) and Discovery Park (translating research to commercialization)