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Universities as innovation systems: A crucial key to sustainable national innovation policies and capacity building in Malaysia and elsewhere?


Richards, Cameron and Shahbazim, Masoomeh (2013) Universities as innovation systems: A crucial key to sustainable national innovation policies and capacity building in Malaysia and elsewhere? In: 1st International Conference on Innovation and Sustainability (ICOIS 2013), 3-4 April 2013, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In a fast-changing world where various forms knowledge have become the standard for economic value, national innovation policies have become de rigeour to explain current realities or make varying projections of the future. National innovation plans or strategies are generally focused on the policy nexus between governments and business (or 'industries' more widely).However, with 'research and development' a central indicator of innovation performance, universities are typically regarded as an important foundation for innovation capacity-building as well as theories and policies.Universities inevitably produce the graduates who directly contribute to high end economic and technological innovation and associated economic imperatives.Yet in Malaysia as in many other countries, there is relatively little industry-university collaboration and typically governments and private sector organisations complain that universities are not producing graduates with the innovative-readiness generic skills and attitudes thought to be crucial for improved national competitiveness in the global information society and knowledge economy.In the context that universities are universally regarded as crucial key to national innovation plans and strategies, this paper will look at the related dilemmas, challenges, and also opportunities of not only viewing universities as potential 'innovation systems' but actually trying to innovate and transform particular universities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Organizer: School of Government, Universiti Utara Malaysia Partner With: Sunway University
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2013 04:51
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2013 07:16
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/8603

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