Science, Technology and Innovation
Given the global character of business supply chains today that ensure all countries are exposed to international competition, IP Consult believes it is the quality and interrelation of science, technology and innovation that increasingly defines each country's competitive advantage.
In helping countries make the most of its competitive advantages, we advocate that four key sectors be accessed, and targeted strategies be developed to maximize their overall contribution:
- The educational system
- The ability of enterprises to innovate,
- The presence of technology-oriented institutions and
- A framework for the promotion of technology.
General education, vocational education and higher education including science are strongly intertwined and build upon each other. Collaboration should lead to qualifications that enable an individual – as either an employee or self-employed – to contribute to economic success. Now more than ever, this process is never completed but remains part of a lifetime strategy for each individual. It is therefore critical to make the links between science / higher education, (vocational) education and R&D (research and development) departments of companies and organisations work, as this a prerequisite for economic, socio-cultural and ecological development for every country.
New technologies and organizational innovations become more and more the drivers of development where know-how and capability are equally necessary. The mobilisation of private or corporate capital to finance such innovations is also essential.
Technology transfer supports the process of developing technological competence.
National research institutes or competence centres to build a generic database of knowledge for each country in every region are especially relevant today. Well-targeted measures designed to establish or promote such organizations can help enormously to trigger economic and technological development in a sector.
Equally importantly, support from the fields of research and education, along with technology transfer, can significantly contribute to reducing poverty.
However, it is essential to recognise that the pace and degree of acceptance of new technologies is dependent on existing structures and framework conditions. Our experience has taught us that framework conditions can often be modified to create a more enabling environment for both the provider and recipient of innovative technological solutions.
As a result, we offer the following services in this area:
- Analyzing the framework conditions for successful technology transfers
- Strengthening innovative systems through policy advice and the preparation of national innovation strategies
- Setting-up technology institutes, competence centres or technology parks with integrated incubators.
- Facilitating knowledge sharing networks, innovation linkages and promoting technology partnerships at both international and inter-institutional levels
- Promotion of human resources, along with institutional development