5TOI_4EWAS Survey and Interview

Posted on July 6, 2017

5TOI_4EWAS survey on University – Business cooperation in South Mediterranean Neighbourhood

With the aim of enriching our knowledge, 5TOI_4EWAS has conducted a rigorous investigation spanning from December 2016 till May 2017.

5TOI_4EWAS has spent the last six months to investigate on barriers and motivators, supporting mechanism and good practises which are carrying out among the actors of innovation. The survey lighted the interest of Countries such as:
Tunisia, Palestine and Egypt following by Morocco and Lebanon where researchers and enetrepreuners replied to the questions.
The results of the survey will come out in the next months and the outcomes are going to be published on the 5TOI_4EWAS website, showed in international conferences and disseminated through newsletters in Europe, North Africa and Middle East!

The Countries coverage is showed in the graphic below

Interview at prof. Imad Ibrik, An-Najah University – Nablus

Which are the main barriers in the cooperation between high education institution (HEI) and industries and what are the main advantages of working in a EU project such as the 5TOI_4EWAS. We asked this question to Prof. Imad Ibrik, director of the Energy Research Centre, an associate professor at An-Najah National University in Nablus.
Prof. Ibrik with his usual courteousness explained that from his point of observation the enterprises have not enough interest to work with research centers because exists:
“…a lack of coordination channel between private sector companies and research centers and subsist insufficient information and data on the possibilities of research centers to serve private sector. In addition, enterprises’ management is not interested in activities of scientific research, principally for the absence of marketing mechanisms of the researchers to transfer their ideas into product for the market”. Prof. Ibrik enlightened us on some factors that could encourage the cooperation between HEI’s education and Industry
“…through enacting legislation to protect intellectual property rights in patent, trademarks and providing tax incentives and various forms of support for investors, it is possible to change the perspective. It is necessary to develop strategies which ensure for investors to recover the cost and make profit on the investment”.
About 5TOI_4EWAS, he has highlighted that:”… this project is opening new horizons of interaction. The opportunity to communicate with different institutions at different levels and the necessity of solving problems such as to provide necessary assistance to turn ‘research work’ in ‘practice research work’ are the most important expected impacts. 5TOI_4EWAS could help Institutions and individuals to improve life and economy in all Countries”Last and crucial question asked to Prof. Ibrik has been: which is the support you would like to have from the policy makers? He answered in a direct way…protect intellectual property rights of researcher, encourage investor to support the research work and researcher, enact clear strategic policy and framework for research”. These seem to be the primarily actions to be implemented.
Prof. Imad Ibrik has a doctorate degree of electrical engineering from Vinnitsa State Technical University in Ukraine , with a specialization in power system engineering and planning. Prof. Imad Ibrik is currently the director of the Energy Research Center, an Associate Professor at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine, as well as a consultant. Prof.. Imad Ibrik is an expert in the area of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. He managed and conducted several projects in these fields, and conducted training programs for the energy efficiency and renewable energy applications. Prof. Imad Ibrik has 20 years of experience in various areas of power system engineering and its sub sectors (design of electrical part stations and substations, electrical installation, energy management , economics of energy, solar and wind sources and energy audits.) and he is electrical engineering in professional experience teaching, and research.

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