Academy newsletter Volume 4 Issue 2-2004

Academy newsletter Volume 4 Issue 2-2004

The human resources at Palestinian universities represent
a major potential needed for developing and promoting
directive scientific research. Most Palestinian universities
have realized the need for utilizing this potential by
establishing research centers. There are more than twenty
such centers of diverse specialties and infrastructures
affiliated with eleven universities. A survey study
published by the Academy has revealed serious problems
affecting the advancement of the centers and hence the
research and development on the national level.
Problems of funding, coordination and cooperation, lack
of clear objectives, responsibilities and policies, etc could
only be tackled by consorted efforts. A recognition of
the value of research centers as important tools for
national development is urgently needed and this should
be reflected on national policies positively, first by
allocating proper research funds with all associated clear
guidelines, and second by adopting policies that
encourage relevant information exchange and
dissemination. As the process is reciprocal, scientific
research centers should also adopt policies with
prominent features among which is exerting efforts to
link scientific research centers with industrial,
agricultural, health, services, and other important sectors
in addition to avoid overlapping and duplication,
especially when raising international funds. Centers
should seek proper connections between scientific
research and its findings on application fields, and they
should look at benefiting Palestinian society by
improving the quality of life through scientific research.
On a broader level, consorted efforts should be directed
at developing a framework of international cooperation
that is capable of brining emerging technological
solutions to Palestine. In all above mentioned requisites,
the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology
should also play its role, much like other academies of
sciences in other countries, without interfering with the
roles of other organizations. During the last five years,
the Academy has proven its credibility and ability to
play its role on the national level even during the ongoing
tough times and when its facilities were deliberately
stormed and looted.