The Center of Innovation and Business Development in University college of Applied Science (UCIBD) was launched in December, 2013. The aim of the center is to promote effective transfer and exploitation of knowledge in the University College of Applied Science (UCAS) in order to become more responsive, transparent, and accountable to Palestinian communities. UCIBD facilitates the research relationships between the members of UCAS and the governmental organizations, the private sector, the industrial associations and the international agencies. The brain of UCIBD – the Industry Liaison Office (ILO) – acts as a hub among the members of UCAS and the external parties. It proposes to develop the research relationships, the collaborations and contracts and for the transfer of technology and knowledge arising from the research activities in UCAS.
Strategy, Mission and Policy
The UCAS vision is to become the leading college in the region providing distinguished training in technical and vocational education focusing on applied sciences. In compliance with this vision, UCIBD aims to act as a keystone in the development of the industrial sector in Palestine. In order to achieve this vision, UCIBD mission is set to be a networking point of the innovative ideas and to act as a hub among the academic and industrial components in the Palestinian society
A set of services are organized to be provided by UCIBD:
- Promoting the joint collaboration with the private sector. This can be done by establishing an economic dialogue by funding collaborative research activities between UCAS and the industrial sector.
- Knowledge mobilization: This can be used to protect the work with patent, trade-marks and copyrights by constructing a comprehensive Intellectual Property Infrastructure; thus organizing the technology transfer in UCAS.
- Academic collaboration and joint research activities which facilitates the knowledge transfer opportunities internally and connect with external partners and stakeholders.