Science and technology park governance
Since 2002, UNISPAR 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).
This activity is now attracting international development agencies like the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). In September 2006, UNESCO, 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, international training workshops are being organized annually for park managers. The project is also developing regional networks.