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1 and sustainable development, the example of KFUPM.

2 We shall introduce the concept of Science Park and its role in promoting industrial competitiveness and sustainable development in selected areas. We shall introduce the concept of Science Park and its role in promoting industrial competitiveness and sustainable development in selected areas.

3 Petrochemical Industry Petrochemical Industry Hydrology Hydrology Information Technology Information Technology Communication Communication Selected Areas Petroleum Industry Petroleum Industry

4 Science Park development is part of a global rethinking of the role of higher education in a society ( linkage to S.D. ) Science Park development is part of a global rethinking of the role of higher education in a society ( linkage to S.D. )

5 Plan n Quick overview of references. n What is a Science Park ? n List of various goals set for Science Parks. n Benefits of a Science Park.

6 n Element of success for a KFUPM Science Park. n UNESCO and the Science Park at KFUPM. Plan (Contd)

7 On the importance of incubators. Some establishment difficulties.

8 Quick Overview of References n Books, reports, web sites and specialized publications. n Meetings and discussions with various directors and founders of many Science Parks around the world. n IASP literature. n Personal visits to some Science Parks.

9 What is a Science Park? n It is a medium in which collaboration between universities and industrial research centers flourishes, leading to regional and national economic growth. n It organizes joint research projects between the university researchers/graduate students and national and multinational industrial R&Ds.

10 n It offers selected national and multinational companies a possibility for establishing research centers in the park where they can have access to the university facilities and expertise. n It helps the start-up of small and medium size companies through its incubators. What is Science Park? (Contd)

11 4 It aims at increasing industrial wealth through knowledge based activities. 4 It supports the main national industrial activities. 4 It creates start-ups useful to the major national industries. 4 It optimizes the interaction between the industry and the academic sectors. Goals of a Science Park

12 4 It facilitates the technology transfer from the university to the park clients. 4 It enhances the industrial interest in basic research. 4 It increases awareness of the industrial needs and problems in the academic sector. 4 It creates job opportunities. Goals of a Science Park (Contd)

13 4 It promotes an entrepreneurial culture among faculty and graduate students. 4 It encourages selected faculty and graduate students to join the incubator. 4 It helps solving the problems of less competent industries. 4 It helps regional development. Goals of a Science Park (Contd)

14 Benefits of a Science Park n Technology transfer from the university to the industrial partners. n Reverse of brain drain. n Increase of employment opportunities. n Increase the number of successful companies in technology based industries especially those supporting the major national industries.

15 n Development of the high-value-added industries. n Creation of development funds from the operating surpluses to provide for the future growth of the Park. Benefits of Science Park (Contd)

16 n Help in the establishment of joint research projects between the members of the park. n Providing a forum for meetings and contacts between various researchers, technical specialists, and university professors. Benefits of Science Park (Contd)

17 Requirements for Science Park n Government support. n Critical mass of high tech companies. n Access to centers of learning. n Sufficient land area for present and future projects. n International and national accessibility (airports, freeways, port etc...).

18 n Good climate and clean environment support infrastructure. n Involvement of regional and national organizations. INTERNATIONAL? n Recreational opportunities within reach. n Internet accessibility. n Availability of all necessary utilities. n Availability of legal and financial experts. Requirements for Science Park (Contd)

19 Elements of Success for a KFUPM Science Park The university is located in the Eastern Province which is the industrial center of the gulf region. The university is located in the Eastern Province which is the industrial center of the gulf region. The university has a well established Basic Research Program (Lasers). The university has a well established Basic Research Program (Lasers). Proximity to ARAMCO, SABIC, SWCC and Jubail. Proximity to ARAMCO, SABIC, SWCC and Jubail.

20 The presence of an International Airport within the region. Low probability of natural disasters. Low probability of natural disasters. The Kingdom is an important market. The Kingdom is an important market. The availability of lands. The availability of lands. Elements of Success for a KFUPM Science Park (Contd)

21 On the importance of incubators. About 1000 incubators in the USA.. # increased by a factor of 4 in UK between 97 and Impact on the management of SMEs, Scientist and Eng. Globalization of economy. ¼ of ecommerce in Europe. By 2003 ecommerce will amount to 3 trillions of $. To access SMEs Intel is establishing ecommerce solution centers in IASP Science Parks.

22 UNESCO and the Science Park at KFUPM 1- Selection of a group of experts 2-Feasibility study

23 Some establishment difficulties. Faculty support and participation. Faculty creativity and initiative. Financing and Venture Capital. Industry involvement. Industry and the traditional role of RI. A judicious choice of partners. Change in the rules of CSB.

24 Some establishment difficulties. Consult: Ministry of trade. Ministry of Industry. Ministry of higher education. Industrial cities. KACST. Municipalities. Private investors.

25 n End of presentation.

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