Facilitating a UNIDO Global University Network on Industrial Innovation Systems
First Phase: Taking care of the future of Innovation in Africa.
By 2013, a UNIDO Global University Network on Industrial Innovation Systems between at least 300 Universities world wide, will be recognised by UNIDO Member States as an essential example of practicing effective Industry – University cooperation in Science and Technology. The Network will have created a non-marginal national capacity, both in academia and industry, for raising the next generation of Industrial Innovators.
The importance for successful Innovative capabilities and the flexibility herewith obtained, is directly derived from the challenge to industry to initiate, or adapt fast enough to changes in the economic and commercial business environment, in order to continue catering to human needs while maintaining the environment and natural resources as a long term pre-condition for human societies.
The size of the network reflects the need for UNIDO to have a significant impact.
- To increase the success rate of innovations through improvement of Industry – University cooperation to apply Science and Technology.
- To bridge the gap between the technological and human resource requirements of industry in the field of innovation on the one hand, and the academic capacities to supply these on the other.
- The ability to regularly review and update the national policies of UNIDO Member States in the field of innovation.
- To facilitate the knowledge and coordination of experiences and research in the field of Innovation Systems in developing countries and economies in transition.
- To increase the perception of Innovation and Applied Science and Technology as an instrument for supporting the sustainable growth and the alleviation of poverty