UAE President adopts UAE’s Higher Policy for Science, Technology and Innovation – 2nd add

ABU DHABI, 21st November, 2015 (WAM) — xxxx. Academia. In addition, the Science, Technology and Innovation Higher Policy includes a set of educational and scientific initiatives that aim to prepare leaders to align with the developmental changes anticipated for the UAE. The Policy aims to redouble the focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in all UAE educational institutions.
The Policy will establish research centres in all UAE universities, focusing on innovation as the main factor in evaluating both public and private schools. The Policy establishes offices for technology transfer in all universities in the UAE to facilitate the transfer of aanced knowledge.
The Policy will also establish programmes for graduates in basic and applied research and drive cooperation between universities and the private sector in the fields of science, technology and innovation.
The initiatives stemming from the Science, Technology and Innovation Higher Policy also include providing national strategic support to various aanced industries, including space research and specialised aviation industries. The Policy provides a number of investment and legislative incentives to attract global pharmaceutical industries to the UAE by facilitating contractual partnerships with local factories.
The technological and scientific initiatives also include establishing centres for energy storage solutions, expanding solar energy research programmes and launching a national programme for water desalination using aanced technologies. In addition, the Policy establishes specialised innovation complexes in technology, auto industry techniques and spare parts, as well as building national RD programmes in the fields of robotics and genome research. The policy also re-stated the UAE’s commitment to the promotion of the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
The Policy includes new legislative frameworks to protect intellectual property and copyrights, attract scientists and researchers to the UAE’s academic and research institutions and facilitate the easy movement of aanced scientific equipment and resources into the UAE.
Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Committee said, “The direction of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in establishing the Committee was to plan a comprehensive strategic framework to achieve a quantum leap in science and technology in the UAE. His clear guidance was to establish KPIs for ministries and government bodies to effectively execute these initiatives and follow up on their progress.”
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, member of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Committee, stressed the vital role of academia in applying the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy by developing specialised RD infrastructure and supporting SMEs in developing innovations in science and research.
He added that the Ministry has presented several initiatives to support the Policy including the launch of courses on innovation in all national universities, the establishment of scientific and technological complexes at these universities and an increased focus on scholarship programmes in the main fields of the Policy, including the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and a member of the National Innovation Committee pointed out that the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy supports the government’s efforts to adopt innovation across UAE society, contributing to the success of the Policy and meeting the UAE’s vision for 2021.
The Minister added the Ministry’s work supporting the Policy included the launch of a specialised Automotive Technology incubator, ‘Auto District’ as well as initiatives in aviation manufacturing, spare parts and maintenance, as well as building programmes linking the aviation sector with UAE universities.
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SOURCE: WAM