Imperatives to achieve a successful technology-transfer model: A perspective from the arab world

Sami Bashir

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    Technology transfer in universities has always been akin to deployment and realization of research discoveries as market products capable of addressing technological challenge(s). In developed countries, various technology-transfer models have been introduced and adopted, and they are still evolving, with measurable success. Whilst, here in the Arab world, adopting a technology-transfer model that can effectively contribute to the overall innovation ecosystem is still underway with a few emerging successful study cases and stories. Now, there is a greater need than ever to capture the value of the universities’ research intellectual capabilities and transform their outputs to the betterment of the society. Hence, it is becoming critical to develop a technology-transfer model that can support innovation in the Arab world capable of, not only addressing technological challenges, but also advancing the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems. Universities in the Arab world operate differently and exist in different jurisdictions. With this understanding, this chapter is an account to highlight some common challenges that we believe these universities, despite their operational differences, face in developing a working technology-transfer model. Challenges such as intellectual-property laws, policies, and progressive partnerships are addressed; and recommendations are provided on how these challenges can be resolved.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publicationHigher Education in the Arab World
    Subtitle of host publicationBuilding a Culture of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9783030378349
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


    • Innovation
    • Intellectual property
    • Invention
    • Research commercialization
    • Technology transfer


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