23.04.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Promotes Innovative Entrepreneurship in Indonesia through Science and Techno Parks

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Within the framework of the project “Supporting the development of innovation acceleration platforms – science parks and technology business incubators in Indonesia”, UNESCO held on 19 and 20 April 2018, a training workshop on the development of science parks and technology business incubators. It was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia and with the financial support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

The workshop was opened by Prof Shabhaz Khan, Director and Representative of UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific  in Jakarta. It was followed by opening remarks from Ms. Oh Gi Youn, Country Director of KOICA in Indonesia and Prof. Ainun Naim, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. 36 participants  attended the workshop with approximately 33% of women . 15 Indonesian science and techno parks were represented through their managers or officers in charge of their development.

The activity was developed in the context of a UNESCO project dedicated to supporting the development of innovation acceleration platforms, particularly science and technology park in Indonesia. It opens a new opportunity for Indonesia and UNESCO to strengthen their cooperation in the development of a culture of innovation.

The objective of the workshop was to develop the capacities of the trainees to combine international and national experience that would be used in their own science or techno park and be shared with other science parks in Indonesia.  In a round table format,six international experts delivered presentations on the all aspects of science parks governance, including the important role of national innovation policy, the role of governments, research and development in the universities and research centres, private sector (industy), financial support system and networking, with example in Europe, North America and Asia. The workshop ended with the trainees presenting their institution to receive comments and advice from the global STP experts

At the issue of the workshop, the trainees were invited to use the knowledge acquired to train other managers and become agents propagating innovation practices all over Indonesia. As the follow up of this training, the international experts will provide technical assistance  in reviewing masterplan   on selected science parks including: IPB Science Technopark in Bogor, Marin Science Technopark in Jepara and UGM Science Technopark in Yogyakarta.

Currently UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in Jakarta conducts activities in Science, Technology and Innovation:

  • On the promotion of ICTs and their use to strengthen higher education with the National Research and Education Networks (RENs- INHERENT) with CONNECT-Asia and School on Internet Asia (SOI-Asia) supported by JFIT;
  • On the promotion of Women and Girls in Science in the context of the UNESCO-L’Oréal For Women in Science Programme, who celebrated its 15th anniversary in Indonesia;  
  • On strengthening Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation for Disaster Risk Reduction

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