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Main areas of cooperation between UNESCO and WTA

1. Capacity building

The objective of capacity building activities is to regularly upgrade the knowledge of managers or future managers of science and technology parks in developing countries: Conducting training, workshops, seminars and conferences for science park and technology business incubator stakeholders.

International Training Workshop

Since 2005, we have been organizing one international training workshop per year for science park managers and researchers from developing countries. The participants are members of a network of technopolis developments in their region and will actively participate in the development of a pilot project. The lecturers for the training are invited international experts.

Regional Training Workshop

The objectives of the regional workshop are: i) to assess the state of the development of science and technology parks in every country of each region; ii) to initiate the development of a network of science and technology parks at regional levels; iii) to identify a science park that can be used as a UNESCO-WTA pilot project. The workshop consists of five different parts as follows: introductory courses, participant presentations, working group discussions, panel discussions on networking and the development of science parks, and finally the conclusion.

National Training Workshop

The main objective of the national training workshop is to assist the national government in preparing new managers or upgrading the knowledge of existing managers on science park governance.

2. Technical Assistance and Policy Advice

UNESCO and WTA provide the interested Member States with technical assistance in all phases of science park and technology business incubator development. We have provided technical assistance to the following countries in the formulation of their national strategy on science park development: Providing developing countries with technical advice in science park and technology business incubator governance.

The technical assistance consists of following the activities:

- Preparation of feasibility studies

- Elaboration of technopolis development plans

- Technical advice on networking, funding and technopolis establishment, and

- Encouraging and promoting the region to attract foreign investment.

3. Sharing Experiences and Networking

Promoting knowledge transfer between the public and private sectors(publication of an international journal ‘WTR’ and the collection of best practices for STP development like as Technopolis, 2014. Springer), facilitating local and international network(leadership networking: Global Innovation Forum) and establishing collaborative R&D.

4. Pilot Project

Supporting the development of science parks to be used as regional case studies.

UNESCO and WTA have agreed to establish one pilot project in each of the following regions over the next five years: Africa, Arab States, Asia Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean.