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Universities and Innovation Networks in the UAE

This policy paper describes the role of UAE universities in local networks to support research and innovation. UAE leaders have recently stated intentions to develop a knowledge economy (Emirates Competitiveness Council, 2011). With higher education widely recognized as a key driver in innovation economies (Aubert & Reiffers, 2003; Etzkowitz & Dzisah, 2008), the UAE’s universities have a central role to play in sustaining active networks among universities, industry, and government. Such networks support innovation by promoting the flow of information and ideas across institutional boundaries (Etzkowitz & Dzisah, 2008).

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