Last Thursday, December 10th 2015 UEL Research, Innovation and Enterprise group hosted a delegation from Indonesian Ministry of Industry. The delegation was in London for an Innovation Study Visit exploring how the UK and in particular London is supporting and cultivating innovation at a Government and private sector level.
Mr. Munandar, General Director at Agency for Research and Development of Industry, outlined Indonesia’s ambitious plan in developing knowledge-based economy. Indonesia’s economic growth and development is supported by European Union through the EU-TCF programme for building innovative capacity in Indonesia. TCF is working with the key ministries and government agencies in Indonesia on policy and institutional change. One of the practical areas that TCF is currently supporting Indonesia at city level is in the setting up of Business Innovation Centres and Technology parks. Indonesia has 23 established R&D institutes and is working on development of new 80 science and innovation centres in order to develop de-centralized innovation ecosystems.
As Knowledge Dock at UEL is the oldest official and accredited Business and Innovation Centre in London the delegation visited Knowledge dock and grasped experience and expertise on the Enterprise development programmes offered. Unique redevelopment of East London’s Docklands area and the role of University of East London to provide learning opportunities and to stimulate the local economy through innovation and business growth were discussed. As Prof. Dr. Abdalla from UEL School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering concluded UEL is pleased to be able to share some of its expertise through capacity building, researcher exchange or expertise exchange projects. Twinning doctoral degrees might also be a way of collaboration between UK and Indonesia.
Knowledge Dock is a combined work, exhibition and teaching space offering dynamic environment for students, staff and businesses located at the University of East London's (UEL`s) Docklands Campus. As a UEL business and innovation centre Knowledge Dock is a place for experimentation, incubation and business growth. It is available to our community of 19,000 students, inspiring academics and dedicated support staff spanning 120 different nationalities as well as external businesses engaging in collaboration with UEL innovation, research and development projects. Through civic engagement - or 'learning by doing' as we call it at UEL - we give students the chance to enhance their knowledge by learning off campus on real-life projects.
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