As a follow up to the academic visit, organized and sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation FNF (Jerusalem Office) to North Rhine Westphalia state in Germany, PALAST held a meeting at its premises in Ramallah. This visit came in the framework of the program “Academy and Industry Partnership”. The delegation, comprised of Academy staff, representatives of the Palestinian Biological, Chemical and Agricultural Societies as well as representatives of the Palestinian Federation of Industries and the Palestinian Food Industry Union and FNF Staff.
The delegation was briefed on the German institutional structures and experiences in: financing of scientific research, coordination among universities, research cooperation between universities and the private sector.
As a result of the meeting, it was agreed to:
- Organize an extended workshop attended by members of the founding councils of Palestinian Science Societies, representatives of the Palestinian Federation of Industries, the related unions of industries and related companies. The aim of this workshop will be to benefit from the German model and to develop ideas that can be used to build and promote an effective relationship and a fruitful partnership between academia, the public and private sectors in Palestine.
- Discuss the possibility of applying the successful partnership model that exists between Aachen University and certain industrial companies. In this model, several private companies have established research and development laboratories at the University of Aachen that managed in a transparent and mutually beneficial partnership, where companies benefit from the expertise and knowledge at universities and universities in turn benefit from the tools, facilities and financial resources provided by companies in research, training and education. Applicable example, all Food companies can joined to establish a laboratory in a university or research institution to conduct the tests that companies need, which are often purchased at high prices and sometimes from external institutions, so that the laboratory can run by researchers in University and conduct the tests at reduced prices only to ensure its continuity and operation.
- The possibility of applying the example of incubators and business accelerators (start-ups) that the delegation was briefed in the visit. What distinguishes them is the nature and form of the relationship between partners, which is often between municipalities with the private sector and with universities and research centers. This model can be inspired to create a local model taking into account the specificity and conditions of the Palestinian situation.
- Integration of decision makers at the highest levels in partnership with all educational and private sectors, and the involvement of society at all levels and the involvement of public government institutions, for their importance in providing the necessary resources, legal frameworks and policies that lead to the creation of a climate conducive to a knowledge-based economy, creativity and production.
The meeting stressed the need of organizing and integrating the roles between all partners. It was also proposed, in principle, to establish the initiative “Palestinian Academic Industrial cooperation bridge " to catalyst the tripartite partnership between academia, private sector and private sector, where the beginning is to identify the demand of the industrial sector and the extent to which these demands can be met by the academic sector. This bridge will be coordinated by PALAST in cooperation with the Federation of Palestinian Industries and the Palestinian Scientific Societies.
The Palestinian Academic Industrial cooperation bridge will be one of the mechanisms that the Academy will rely on in marketing the national scientific research outputs and opening new horizons for the inventors and innovators to market their inventions and innovations in a fast and professional manner. On the other hand, to emphasize the importance of linking scientific research and its outputs with industry and the needs of society.