10 May 2019 | Münster
The levels of university-business cooperation (UBC) in Southern Mediterranean Neighbourhood (SMN) could potentially be a fertile ground for more development and innovation in the region, yet its potential remains not fully harnessed.
As part of the Horizon 2020 project Quintuple helix approach to targeted open innovation in energy, water, agriculture in the south Mediterranean neighbourhood (5 TOI 4 EWAS), and following the methodology devised by S2BMRC, a major study was conducted to benchmark the levels of university-business collaboration in SMN. The countries participating in the study include Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey. The research included 46 qualitative interviews and 731 responses to the quantitative survey (electronic survey) from the area. The target group of the research consisted of all academics, university management, knowledge transfer professionals and business representatives.
Student Mobility Leading UBC Activity in SMN
The study looked into 14 activities of UBC grouped into 4 dimensions, namely: education, research, management and valorisation. Out of all 14 activities, education-related ones are the most developed, with mobility of students (work placements) capturing the highest levels of the development. Furthermore, the research-oriented dimension also proves to be an active area for UBC in SMN, with joint R&D and consulting for businesses being at the forefront. On the other hand, activities belonging to the other two dimensions lag behind and the least developed one is pertaining to the valorisation dimension, namely, commercialization of R&D results.