High-level government and private sector officials stressed the critical importance of universities and science parks as ’knowledge creators’ on day three of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation World Conference (IASP 2014 Doha) taking place in Qatar.
The four-day annual event, hosted by Qatar Foundation Research & Development’s Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), is being staged in the Arab world for the first time.
In the opening plenary session, officials from Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Spain, Taiwan and South Africa gathered to discuss and explore new models of collaboration, indicating that strong links between universities and science parks will be essential to the success of research outcomes and innovation in the region and around the world, both now and in the future.
Experts agreed that universities, in close collaboration with international science parks, can be ‘solvers’ in the innovation value chain, ensuring that science-driven innovation from universities is diffused into the economy through science parks.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) last Science Report
cited Qatar as an example of an Arab state tackling regional challenges by setting up a science park and implementing a national research strategy in close collaboration with universities.
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