PMI2 Connect Policy Dialogue – The British Council in conjunction with the National Research Foundation, UAE. Under the patronage of His Excellency, Sheikh Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; United Arab Emirates
27 February – 2 March 2011, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel, United Arab Emirates
In 2005 the UK Prime Minister renewed his commitment to internationalising UK education and the development of mutually beneficial education partnerships with other countries through a second ‘Prime Minister’s Initiative’ (PMI2). A key strand of this initiative is the strengthening of strategic collaboration at policy and institutional level.
Building mutual and sustainable research partnerships between Higher Education Institutions in the UK and Gulf States is a priority under the PMI2 Connect funding opportunities. Following a Policy Dialogue held in Al Ain in February 2010 entitled Building International Research Cultures and Business Outreach, four symposia on areas of mutual research interest (water security, diabetes, carbon capture and alternative energy) are being organised to lay the foundation for UK – Gulf university partnerships in these areas to incorporate knowledge exchange and transfer activities in addition to pure research. This second Policy Dialogue has helped to set the context for these partnerships in terms of national agendas.
The following link shows PDF version of Developing National Innovation Systems (Popper, 2011)
It aims to support the Gulf States further to develop their national innovation systems with particular focus upon science and technology policies by:
- understanding the strategies of a range of governments, including some which faced similar challenges;
- considering the strengths and weaknesses of their various approaches and their potential transferability to the Gulf region;
- encouraging collaboration and knowledge transfer between HEIs and industry in order to drive economic growth;
- reviewing the potential advantages of regional cooperation; and
- developing an informal network of senior policy makers and influential practitioners in research and knowledge exchange.
Thanks to one of the Czech experts participating in the Security Group of the iKNOW workshop in the Czech Republic (Dr Vivienne Soyková), I had the opportunity to meet with the Ambassador of Venezuela in Czech Republic (H.E. Mr. Victor Julian Hernandez).
During our 90-minutes meeting, we discussed about historical linkages and cultural similarities between Venezuela and Eastern Europe (e.g. the traditional role of the family as the most important institution driving societal change). We also talked about the need to promote participatory and prospective policy-making processes in Latin America, such as the Venezuelan Technology Foresight Programme. In particular, we exchanged ideas about strategies for science, technology and innovation (STI) knowledge and know-how repatriation.
In this comprehensive and critical Handbook, cross-cutting analytical chapters explore the emergence and positioning of foresight, common approaches and methods, organisational issues, and the scope for policy transfer and evaluation. Leading experts and practitioners contribute chapters analysing experiences in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the USA, Japan, China, Latin America, small European nations, Nordic countries and selected developing countries. The book concludes with consideration of the future of foresight itself.
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