Birmingham City University has teamed up with five other institutions across the region to form a new partnership aimed at increasing growth and prosperity across the region.
BCU is a member of the new 'Midlands Enterprise Universities' partnership which will combine the group's collective research, expertise and facilities.
The other partners are Coventry University, Nottingham Trent University, University of Derby, University of Lincoln and the University of Wolverhampton.
The new partnership will support the Government's Midlands Engine as it bids to focus on higher level skills gaps, the talent pipeline and innovation requirements in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, transport technologies and creative digital and design.
BCU's vice-chancellor Professor Cliff Allan said: "The Government has made it clear that they see the Midlands Engine at the heart of economic growth and prosperity in this country and universities have a significant contribution to make to the skills, research and innovation that will drive this.
"The creation of Midlands Enterprise Universities is a major step forward in uniting the east and west of our region and ensuring higher education institutions support increased productivity, wealth creation and job opportunities right across the Midlands.
"Our collective aim is to contribute to Midlands Engine productivity and to support and stimulate innovation in the Midlands' supply chains.
"Combining our work with business and employers and our respective local communities positions us perfectly to provide the spark that will really kick the Engine into gear."
Sir John Peace, chairman of Midlands Engine, added: "I am pleased to see this new collaboration between the region's universities which further adds to the spirit of partnership and unity being developed across the Midlands Engine region.
"Their aims align closely with the Midlands Engine ambitions to support sector growth, improve productivity and boost the region's economy."