Science and Technology Park Governance
Since 2004, UNESCO has focused on capacity-building and technical assistance in the governance of science and technology parks.
The expected results are:
- stronger partnerships and linkages between universities and industry, including small and medium-sized enterprises, to promote innovation, engineering education, North-South cooperation, gender mainstreaming, maintenance and related areas for technological development;
- development of human resources, including the training of engineers in the transfer of research results, maintenance of equipment and related areas;
- stronger networking of technology for development, sponsored by industry with UNESCO support.
To this end, UNESCO’s works in close cooperation with the international professional organizations in this field. These include the World Technopolis Association (WTA) and the International Association of Science Parks (IASP). In July 2012, UNESCO and WTA committed to strengthening cooperation.
In September 2006, UNESCO, the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Daejeon Metropolitan City signed a five-year agreement to help developing countries manage science and technology parks in such areas as biotechnology and ICTs. As part of this agreement, several international training workshops were run for park managers. The project also developed a number of regional networks.
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