The UNESCO-WTA Technopolis Development Center was established in Daejeon, Korea on November 6th, 2006.
This center aims to successfully implement the UNESCO-WTA Cooperative Project(2005-2010) and various supplemental research projects with the purpose of facilitating sustainable Science City development in developing countries.
The Centre will conduct international training, workshops, and seminars or conferences hosted for the science and technology park(technopolis) stakeholders such as: technopolis managers, scientists and local/national government decision makers from 5 different regions: Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
The Centre will provide developing countries with technical assistance in science and technology park/technopolis governance, which will consist of: (i) preparation of feasibility study, (ii) elaboration of technopolis development plan, (iii) technical advice on networking, fundraising and technopolis establishment, and (iv) foreign investment promotion. The experts on science and technology parks will be mobilized for this technical assistance.
As part of these capacity building and technical assistance activities, one pilot project will be developed in each of the aforementioned regions. They will serve as laboratories of technopolis development in each region. The participants of the international training are members of network of technopolis development in their regions and will actively participate in the development of pilot projects.
In order to promote the transfers of knowledge between public and private sectors, the centre will foster cooperation between government, academia and industry.
The proposed centre will support or host junior and senior research fellows working on science and technology park/technopolis governance.
The Centre is facilitating network development and collaborative research and development (R&D) as well as training programmes at regional and international levels, including the linkage of designated nodal centres in participating countries.
The centre will promote information exchange and dissemination, including the publishing of books and journals on science and technology park governance.