How to enhance the cooperation between the university and the industry?

In order to answer this question and to develop goals and strategies for the German Jordanian University (GJU), the president of the GJU, Prof. Natheer Abu Obeid, invited the Deans, Vice Presidents and the Office for Industrial Links (OIL) for a one-day internal workshop that took place on Thursday, 17th of March, 2016.

Since its establishment in 2005, GJU has been focusing on applied sciences and innovation. One of its core concepts is to build a close university-industry partnership in order to connect researchers, students and graduates with the private sector in Jordan, the region and Germany on different levels. Over the years, many collaborative activities with industrial partners from Jordan, Germany and the region were already successfully implemented at GJU. Hence, in line with the motto “together we can do it even better” the workshop aimed at defining the top priorities and necessary next steps to increase the collaboration with industrial partners at the University as a whole and at the different Schools.

The workshop started by highlighting previous achievements, which then were presented and further discussed. Among those are collaborative graduation projects, industrial professor assignments, field trips to factories and industrial internships, conferences and workshops on a national and international level, cooperation agreements with industrial and governmental institutions as well as sharing academic expertise with business partners. Building on these achievements, the participants were asked by the moderator, Eng. Jamil AlKhatib, to define the necessary resources that are needed in order to better support the implementation of cooperation activities. The workshop included lively discussions and came up with clear recommendations, like the establishment of supporting bodies at each School and incentives for staff members to successfully realize GJU’s goals.

GJU is looking forward to a closer and more incentive cooperation with its business partners and invites the industry to participate in upcoming projects and joined workshops.

This press release was published at GJU website

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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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Eco-System Workshop at GJU

The Office for Industrial Links at the German Jordanian University in collaboration with Migrate and with the support of the Migration for Development Program ( CIM ) organized a workshop on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Eco-System.

Complete article available at http://www.gju.edu.jo/page.aspx?type=n&lng=en&id=471

At the end of the opening, Eng. Jamil Alkhatib the director of the innovation and entrepreneurship center project of GJU, shared the vision of the university in supporting job creation through responsible innovation at this center and how it is going to support not only the students and academics but also the local community in their innovations and startups. The approach is based on collaboration and openness while building the right culture and environment for innovation and entrepreneurship at GJU.

The formal opening was followed by discussions and activities with the aim of discovering opportunities to better contribute to building the innovation and entrepreneurship environment in Jordan. It is worth mentioning that more than 50 participants of different active organizations in the entrepreneurship support field, private sector and research organizations joined the activities and contributed with their feedback and ideas in innovative approaches.

In order to strengthen the students’ point of view, a parallel discussion in the same room took place with a group of active students who proposed a model for the entrepreneurship center and presented it to the stakeholders.

At the end the participants appreciated the open discussion and the opportunity to have the actors in this field in one room to support the innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system in Jordan and collaborate rather than duplicate activities.

It is worth mentioning that the GJU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center is seeking to play a remarkable role in the development of the innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system in Jordan through collaboration with different stakeholders.

Cup of Coffee: The distance between industry and academia

Cup of Coffee: The distance between industry and academia

Last week I was at the German Jordanian University to give a talk during the global entrepreneurship week (GEW). During the day we had different presentations about innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration between industry and academia. The overall event was very interesting with lots of inspiring speakers and networking.

After that a group of the speakers had coffee together at the university cafeteria. Sounds like all the other events we have attended. But that simple informal setting and chatting, while having the coffee was amazing. The participants got to know each other as individuals and the organizations they represented by sharing their concerns, questions and experiences.  The best part of the conversations they were genuine, spontaneous, drink coffee and share the reality each of us was experiencing.

At my table were people representing: university staff, professors, private sector, and industrial association, plus students keen to do more than learn in classrooms. The cafeteria was and full of energy and buzzing with future opportunities, NOT just issues.

I noticed that the level, age and experience of the person wasn’t as important to bridging the gap as the ability to listen, question and share.  Everyone was equal and respectful; it is our chance to build the future.

Moreover the people around that table have different backgrounds and they each had a range of experiences with a spectrum of roles (student to business executive to academics). The table combined experiences in engineering, sciences, management and more.

So who said universities and industry can’t share real issues, and consider the others perspective?  Where was the big gap I have heard so much about?,

Maybe, just maybe the gap is in our minds just like other cultural divide (men vs. women, adults vs. youth, German vs. Arabs, academics vs. industry). It can be addressed by not assuming we are the same and exploring the other party and try to understand each other and know different roles and perspectives.

It was great to watch mutual respect turn into trust between academia, industry and students as they learned more about each other.   A cup of coffee was a real first step to mutual understanding.

So a few lessons from a coffee with academics, industry and students:*

a)     Don’t assume we see the world or issues the same,

b)    Consider asking questions to learn about the other parties issues might be more valuable than telling them about yourself (until they ask),

c)     Consider investing time over tea or coffee, to learn about those in your expanded community (not everyone lives, works or thinks like an academic),

d)    Explore opportunities more than issues; future possibilities create more energy than complaining.

e)     Consider reaching out to those you do NOT know every 2-3 weeks to expand your understanding face to face.  Not everything is on the web.

f)      Be ready for fresh insights.

All what we need to bridge the gap, is to share our concerns, opportunities and talk about positive results we achieved in our roles. Such moments will build trust and further collaboration.

So let’s have a cup of coffee, chat and collaborate.

*Special thanks to Scott Gillespie for his inputs and the lessons learned.

Cup of Coffee

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.

 

SRTD Program

Support to Research and Technological Development and Innovation Initiatives and Strategies in Jordan Project (SRTD) (2008-2010) is an EU funded project through ENPI.

Some presentations,workshops and training programs delivered during the SRTD project are available here  http://www.slideshare.net/SRTD

Jamil was mainly responsible for the Technology Transfer element of the project.

Jamil as a local expert was responsible for

– Support the development of a national Technology Transfer Program
– Support the establishment of 11 Jordanian Technology Transfer Offices
– Support Industry Research Link assessment
– Perform assessments of Technology Transfer Programs, Incubation Training and Consulting Programs
– Organize training programs for the Technology Transfer Offices
– Coordinate consulting and training missions by EU experts to improve Technology Transfer and Incubation strategies
– Support the development of Quality system for Incubators based on EU Systems
– Develop and organize twinning program between EU and Jordanian incubators
– Support the development of consulting services program, based on the results of incubator audit
– Prepare consulting and training ToRs and offers evaluations
– Monitor and evaluate grant contracts
– Conduct need assessment for Knowledge Transfer Programs
– Support the assessment of IP Policies of universities & funding agencies
– Organise Tech Transfer Study tour in Europe
– Perform value and impact assessment of over than 30 funded researches

Innovation and Management Projecs

Innovation and Technology Transfer

  • Technology Commeclization Process and Assessement Program (ASTF, UAE)
  • IP Rights and Technology Transfer Agreements (ASTF, UAE)
  • Applied Research Grant Management (ASTF, UAE)
  • Applied Researches Assessment and Evaluation System Development (ASTF, UAE)
  • Early-Stage Technology Commercialization Assessment (ASTF, UAE)
  • Technology & Patent portfolio building (ASTF, UAE)
  • Technology Incubation analysis and Incubator Proposal (ASTF , UAE)
  • Master Program Proposal for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PSUT University & QRCE Center, Jordan)
  • Invention Commeclization Process Model(TAG valuation, Jordan)
  • Inventors guid Booklet (Alnayzak, Palestine)
  • Cooperation Agreements (Handasa Arabia, Palestine)

Marketing and Strategies

  • Change management program Proposal (Hadara, Palestine)
  • Strategic Marketing Plan for Trainings and consulting services (Vision,Palestine)
  • Strategy and Organization Development Program (Vision,Palestine)
  • Business Plan (OpenTechnologies, Tunisia)
  • Strategic Marketing Plan (OpenTechnologies, Tunisia)