Science and technology park development in Asia

UNESCO organized an Asia-Pacific regional workshop on science and technology park development in Jakarta from 3 to 5 September 2007, within its University-Industry-Science Partnerships (UNISPAR) Programme and in co-operation with the World Technopolis Association, Indonesian Ministry of Scientific Research and Technology, the Korea International Cooperation Agency and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The main pupose of the regional workshop was to update knowledge of science park and technology incubator management; facilitate the establishment of a regional network of science parks and technology incubators in the region and; assess the state of development of hi-tech clusters in the region.

The Indonesian government has since requested UNESCO to assist the country in transforming PUSPITEK, a huge national research centre complex in Serpong, into a science and technology park. In response to this request, UNESCO sent a team of experts to Jakarta in February 2009 to conduct a feasibility study for development the pilot project. In cooperation with national experts, UNESCO experts have formulated a broad-based business plan for science and technology parks in Indonesia. In cooperation with the Indonesian experts, UNESCO has since established an action plan for the development of an Indonesia Science and technology Park in Serpong. Implementation of the plan has three main elements: pre-incubation, incubation and post-incubation. These three steps could be started at the same time, as there is no need to wait until the tenants of the incubator graduate to begin developing the high technology industrial park. The process of incubating the start-up company can be done at the some time with a campaign to attract the mature knowledge based company into the park.

For details, contact Yoslan Nur at UNESCO headquarters in Paris

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