Models for national technology and innovation capacity development in Turkey

Models for national technology and innovation capacity development in Turkey

In the 21st century, knowledge is the key factor in determining a country's level of socio-economic development. From this recognition, the Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) was launched in 2004 by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF) of the Republic of Korea and the Korea Development Institute (KDI). The KSP is designed to contribute to the socio-economic development of the targeted development partnership country by sharing Korea's development experience and knowledge. The most distinguishing characteristic of the KSP is that it is demand-driven and participation-oriented. The program analyzes the problems from the partnership country's perspective and provides policy implications that can be practically implemented in the environment of the partnership country. For Turkey, the Knowledge Sharing Program was initially launched in 2005 between KDI and the State Planning Organization of Turkey on the topic “A Way Forward for the Turkish Economy: Lessons from Korean Experiences.”

Upon the successful implementation of the program, MOSF and KDI have decided to further strengthen the relationship by implementing a second project with the Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV) on the topic “Models for National Technology and Innovation Capacity Development.” Under the main topic mentioned, experts from both countries worked on four sub-topics which are: 1) Development Strategy and National Innovation System; 2) University-Industry Linkages; 3) Technology, Entrepreneurship and Incubation; 4) Industrial Upgrading with Cluster Approach. This second project is unique in that the experiences of both Korea and Turkey are compared and discussed in sequence, thereby drawing out valuable policy implications and lessons for both countries.

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