Title: An innovative model for university–industry partnership

Authors: Salem Al-Agtash, Amjed Al-Fahoum

Addresses: School of Informatics and Computing, German-Jordanian University, PO Box 35247, Amman 11180, Jordan. ' Academic Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence, Hijjawi Faculty of Engineering Technology, Yarmouk University, Irbid 21163, Jordan

Abstract: Knowledge-technology transfer is the core driver for national prosperity and enhancement of intellectual capitals. Jordan has taken major steps towards economic transformation from a traditional rhythm into a knowledge base motivated by the accelerative impact of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In this context, Yarmouk University has developed dynamic programmes of ICT enrichment and adopted an innovative partnership model. This model represents an in-campus facility that works towards bridging the gap between academia and industry. It provides a rich internal collaborative environment that brings together business and technical faculties in the pursuit of projects with an objective to cultivate collaboration with industrial and business partners; update the knowledge base of the university with the latest industry developments; and align the skills and knowledge of students to real and immediate industry needs. This paper presents an innovative partnership model and describes its philosophy adopted to maximise the rate of success of knowledge-technology transfer within a bidirectional relationship body. Results of the application of this model reinforce common ideas about the ingredients for success as measured in knowledge-technology transfer metrics on utilised resources, available technology, level of effort, national competitiveness, innovative technology, macroeconomic and microeconomic levels, and internal performance.

Keywords: industry incubators; industry–university partnership; knowledge transfer; technology transfer; intellectual capital; industry-academia collaboration; industrial collaboration; Jordan; ICT; information technology; communications.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2008.018046

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2008 Vol.5 No.5, pp.512 - 532

Published online: 28 Apr 2008 *

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