German Jordanian University Innovation ecosystem

The German Jordanian University in early 2014 started the development of innovation and entrepreneurship center to support its students and staff on startups development and innovation. The proposed model was introduced in the workshop. The following presentation highlights the model.

As a first step to the implementation of the center, it is important to develop the entrepreneurship ecosystem and integrate the university center with the local ecosystem. The following program was used in the workshop to assess and engage the actors in Jordan on building the local entrepreneurship ecosystem

More than 50 local/international organizations in the innovation and entrepreneurship support participated in the workshop. The following report highlights the main findings and recommendations from the workshop.

 

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Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at GJU

The Office for Industrial Links at GJU in cooperation with Queen Rania Center for entrepreneurship (QRCE), organized a workshop on entrepreneurship and innovation, which is a part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), on Wednesday 20 November 2013.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a worldwide movement that celebrates and promotes entrepreneurship in more than 125 countries. The movement will touch and engage millions of people throughout the world. The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship is the Official Host for GEW. The event included many sessions started up with Mr. Mohammad Obaidat, Program Manager at QRCE, who defined GEW as an awareness campaign supported by world leaders and celebrity entrepreneurs. It is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life—spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success.

Arch. Maisa Al Shomali, Committee Head of the JEA Graduation Projects Competition, gave a presentation entitled “Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry, JEA Graduation Projects Competition”.

“Competition of Graduation Projects Conducted at the Industrial Sector“ was presented by Eng. Fadel Labadi, Manager of the Industrial Development Department from the Amman Chamber of Industry.

For his part Eng. Jamil Khatib, Innovation Consultant from Ibtikar, talked about Innovative Graduation Projects. Eng. Alia Gharaibeh, Faculty Member of the School of Management and Logistics at GJU, took part to talk about Entrepreneurship 4 Myths.

Dr. Yousef Abdalat, Director of National Program of Faculty for Factory, explained what the aim of (FFF). Dr. Sami Alnajjar, Faculty Member of the School of Management and Logistics at GJU, gave a very impressive presentation entitled “Unlimited Value: Entrepreneurship with Emotional Intelligence”.

“Leader in Progress –A charity Initiative “was presented by Mr. Fahad Qarasmeh and Ms. Hala Jurf, GJU students. Dr. Abdel Monem M. Rawashdeh, CEO of the Applied Scientific Research Fund (ASRF), presented “from Research to Investment (R2I)“.

GJU participated for the first time in this global event and is looking forward to implement different activities tackling entrepreneurship in the near future.

The article is published in GJU newsletter

English:

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Arabic:

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 at GJU

During the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2013 I participated with a session at the German Jordanian University. My session focused on students graduation projects and how to develop them to target real industrial needs.

The session entitled: “Towards innovative graduation projects” and the presentation was close to this one

Moreover the GEW inspired me to write an article about the gap between industry and academia. Cup of Coffee: The distance between industry and academia

 

Barriers of Applying Gained Knowledge of Training Programs in Organizations

Barriers of Applying Gained Knowledge of Training Programs in Organizations

A presentation delivered at 3rd Symposium with the theme “Professional Training in Developing Human Capital”, 17-18 September 2013, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia organized by King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital

 

Presentation abstract

Capacity building programs aim to provide the human resources of organizations with the right knowledge that will enable them to perform their tasks, improve their skills and capabilities to innovate in their activities. Although all kind of trainings (on the job, public, etc.) help in providing the knowledge and skills, but still organizations may suffer from the lack of applying the gained knowledge in achieving the tasks, not to mention the lack of creativity spirit.
This is because the lack of knowledge and skills are not the only barriers in utilizing the knowledge in organizations. Such novel skills and knowledge to organizations are considered as changes or innovations and have more barriers than the lack of knowledge (do not know) which is the first barrier in overcoming innovations. The other three barriers are the lack of will (not willing to do), the lack of capability (cannot do) and the lack of permission (not allowed). Although these four barriers might seem trivial, but the lack of knowledge is the easiest to identify through training need assessment and get solved. The other barriers involve several factors that cannot be easily identified without understanding the organizational culture, strategies, or policies. Even if these barriers are identified, trainings alone can solve them.
In order to identify those barriers, they must be included in the training or capacity building need assessment process where:
– The lack of capabilities in general can be identified through the availability of human and financial resources and can be overcome through providing those resources.
– The lack of permission can be identified through the organizational culture, policies and regulations which can be overcome by changing the organizational policies to utilize the gained knowledge.
– The lack of willing can be identified with personal characteristics or needs which can be overcome by identifying those needs and reducing their effects.
– The lack of knowledge can be recognized through the traditional training need assessment which identifies the technical knowledge and offer the right training program.

In my presentation I will highlight the different four barriers and how they can be identified. I will discuss the opportunities of overcoming them to complement the training and knowledge acquisition as part of the capacity building programs. Besides that I will show case one of my capacity building projects and how I utilized the four-barriers concept to develop that program.

 

Symposium Program

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 Presentation

Innovation and Creativity stimulation in organizations

“Innovation and Creativity stimulation in organizations” A workshop delivered at 3rd Symposium with the theme “Professional Training in Developing Human Capital”, 17-18 September 2013, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia organized by King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital

 

Workshop abstract

Siemens, Toyota, IKEA, Google, Apple, TATA, P&G and Skype are some of the most successful companies in the world; nevertheless they are among the top innovative companies.  Those companies managed to reach to this stage not only through investment but also through stimulating systematically creativity and innovation in their organizations.

Thinking out of the box and creativity cannot be implemented by demanding employees to do so, because of the nature of human thinking which can be creative only under suitable environment and the right conditions.

This workshop will discuss how creativity of employees can be stimulated through policies, methods and processes.

تحفيزالإبتكار والإبداع في المؤسسات
وسايب هي بعض من أكر TATA، P & G ، وجوجل، وأبل ،IKEA ، سمنز، تويوتا
الركات نجاحا في العالم، ومن أكر الركات المبتكرة . تمكنت تلك الركات
للوصول إلى هذه المرحلة ليس فقط من خال الاستثمار ولكن أيضا من خال
تحفز الإبداع والابتار بشل منهي في منظماتهم.
التفكر خارج الصندوق والإبداع لا يمكن تحقيقها من خال الطلب من الموظفن
أن يبدعوا . حيث أن طبيعة التفكر البري يمكنها أن تبدع فقط حال توفر البيئة
المناسبة والظروف الملائمة والصحيحة.
ورشة العمل هذه ستناقش كيف يمكن تحفز إبداع الموظفن من خال السياسات
والإجراءات والمفاهم.

 

Symposium Program

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Intellectual Property Rights for kids

 

The success and the development of nations are based on the degree of creativity of its people and the innovations they create in various fields. In oder to enhance creativity, the intellectual works and the creative people must be recognized. Here comes what is known as the Intellectual Property (IP) Rights.
The IP rights recognize the authenticity of the creative works and preserve the creators’ rights to commercialize their works for the help of the humanity. The IP rights protect all forms of creative works such as innovations, scientific researches, industry, art or literature, etc. …..
This program will encourage youth to get involved in creative activities and help them to understand the value of their works in terms of recognition and commercializing the results of their creative works. Moreover it will prepare them to understand how the global trades are done beyond import and export of goods. Specially since we live nowadays in a global and highly competitive market where innovations are the only key for survival and continuous improvements in quality and price reduction.
By Preparing both the youth and the school teachers in understanding the value of the intellectual and creative works, they will be encouraged to invent and create new pieces of Arts and generate income for them. Moreover it will help them in understanding the value of IP and citation while preparing assignments and researches.
This program is prepared with the focus on the youth between 10-18 years old, as well as for their teachers. The program is based on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) materials which uses comics and booklets suitable for youth to provide the IP concepts in simple way based on the daily activities youth face. Such activities includes legal implications behind mp3, videos and software programs.

Sample Material of the program

One hour seminar at Mawhiba, Saudi Arabia


Uploaded on authorSTREAM by jamilkhatib

Video recording of Patents for kids at Mawhiba Saudi Arabia

Applied Scientific Research Fund

Applied Scientific Research Fund (ASRF) is  is a non-government; non-profit organization created and has the initial funding by Samih Darwazah, founder of Hikma Pharmaceuticals to promote the development of applied science and engineering ideas.

ASRF is the first research funding organization initiated from the private sector in Jordan as non-profit company acting on commercial basis while 100% of the profit is invested back in the fund to support the creation of the innovation ecosystem in Jordan and the Middle East.

ASRF is applying and experimenting new innovation funding approaches in the Middle East while focusing on the sustainability. ASRF will fund applied researches and innovations that have market potential and the return on investment will be through intellectual property commercialization.

Jamil as Director of Operations and Consultant is responsible for

– Develop the fund strategy and framework.
– Design fund schemes to encourage Jordanian innovation by Funding mechanisms like (proof of concept, industry-research partnership and applied research).
– Develop application and evaluation process.
– Pilot the marketing, evaluation of applications, selection criteria, funding agreements and post investment support.
– Support the fund raising plans and strategic alliances/partnerships.

 

Amman Chamber of Industry Innovation Workshop

During the Global Entrepreneurship week Jamil has conducted a workshop at Amman Chamber of Industry entitled:

“Towards more innovative industrial sector in Jordan”

The following shows some slides of the workshop indicating different levels of innovation management

Amman Chamber of Industry published an article about this workshop which can be read below:

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