A Survey on the Current Status and Future of IUGPs in Qatar: Challenges, Opportunities, and Recommendations
Qatar’s vision for innovation-driven knowledge economy and sustainable development has been the key motivation for its leadership to strategize and invest in the knowledge ecosystem. Although the outlook of knowledge infrastructure in Qatar, including national and international universities, research and incubation centers, science park, and technology transfer offices, resembles that of the United States, Singapore, and Norway, the country is yet to achieve the same level of excellence in terms of the outcomes. The primary reason for the lack of outputs is that the concept of economic transformation is still new for Qatar and its citizens, and since the overall system is at an infancy stage, some crucial elements of Industry-University-Government partnerships are missing at the execution level. We have already discussed the areas of concern for Qatar in the previous chapter in the light of the Global Innovation Index (Chap. 6), which include regulatory environment, research and development, market and business sophistication, and creativity. In order to learn the reasons behind these shortcomings–albeit the country’s commitment to transform to a knowledge-based economy–we conducted interviews and survey with the experts that have firsthand experience of working in the R&D and Industry-University-Government settings in Qatar. In the first part of this chapter, we present the findings of the interviews and survey while in the second part, we propose recommendations to make the knowledge ecosystem in Qatar more effective and efficient.
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