IASP to evaluate shift in its strategic focus to better serve evolving economies

Published March 16th, 2010 - 09:28 GMT

“The International Board members suggested changes to achieve a new value”, said Hamad Al Hashemi who attended the Bi-annual IASP Board of Directors meeting in Spain

Dubai, March 16, 2010 Hamad Al Hashemi, Managing Director of Dubai Institute of Technology (DIT), TechnoPark and other Board members in an IASP Board Meeting held in Malaga recently called for a shift in the International Association of Science Parks (IASP) strategic focus so that it can respond effectively to the changing fiscal realities and needs of evolving economies.

Mr. Al Hashemi, quoting the Board Members statement, said: “Science and Technology Parks need to focus on developing innovation and knowledge clusters particularly in current times, when it is most needed. We need to re-examine IASP’s role and see how it can be strengthened to further stimulate innovation, transfer of knowledge and entrepreneurship. IASP has to work closely with its members to understand how we can mitigate the effects of the current investment-shy and risk-averse environment. It is imperative that we adapt the network to accommodate evolving needs of member science parks in the current environment.” The recommendation of the Malaga board meeting will be taken up for further discussion during The 27th IASP World Conference on Science and Technology Parks which will be held in Daedeok, the research and development district in South Korea, on May 24-26, 2010. 

The Malaga meeting was the first of the two annual Board of Director meetings of IASP for 2010. Al Hashemi’s active participation in the brainstorming sessions underlined TechnoPark and Economic Zones World’s commitment to the Association’s global efforts to co-ordinate the activities of science and technology parks. He was elected to the Board in September 2008. DIT is a fully owned subsidiary of Economic Zones World.

The IASP, with over 400 members from 70 countries, is the worldwide network of Science and Technology Parks that connects professionals from across the globe and provides services that drive growth and effectiveness for members. It is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN. The organisation is a founding member of the World Alliance for Innovation (WAINOVA).

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