I learned in class that some departments of universities, such as the medical departments, receive funding from corporation that bypass the university administrators, such that the research finding can be used for the profit of the corporations.
I also read that similar mechanism is influencing the curriculum-design of computer science. I want to know how exactly would a corporation fund the research of a department, computer science in particular.
The following is my baseless conjecture on how the interactions works, even though it's probably nonsense, I think it may help you understand the kind of answer I am looking for:
A certain corporation wants a new technology for its products, say phones, it asks the administrator of a university whether the latter wants funding for its computer science department. The administrator thinks that if some funding for computer science is handled by the corp., then more fund can be distributed to other things, and so approves this funding. The department uses the funding to do research, but the research is what the corp. asks them to do. When the department found a novel method of making phone computers, but instead of getting a patent, the department gives the patent to the corp. which uses it for its products