(2013 Brighton, UK) “Towards a Sustainable Knowledge-Based Economy in the Middle East & North Africa”, University of Brighton
Towards a Sustainable Knowledge-Based Economy in the Middle East & North Africa
One Day International Conference
Wednesday 30th January 2013
University of Brighton and Sussex
Aims and Objectives
The conference aims to critically discuss a range of issues relating to the role of academics and professionals in supporting and enhancing the process of transforming the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to advanced, knowledge-based societies led by sustainable innovation and social advance. The conference will also discuss the major obstacles for science, technology and innovation (STI) in the MENA region and help policy-makers to constructs an “ideal role” for STI in achieving sustainable development in the region. This conference will focus on the question what do policy makers actually need to know about the knowledge-based economy and the underlying boundlessness of the concept of knowledge-based economy and whether ‘STI’ has anything to offer policy makers. In doing so, the conference will adopt a holistic approach to critically examine these issues through an interactive discussion and debate by leading international scholars and practitioners in the field and participants from across various disciplines and from various parts of the world. Attending this conference is an opportunity for academics, government officials, policy makers to get together and share their knowledge as a first step toward a transformational plan that they can tailor to suit their unique circumstances for a sustainable future. Moreover the conference will also include a LIVE DEMO of the first of its kind Knowledge Management Framework established in the MENA region and the opportunity for participants to explore the various activities (teaching, research, and consultancy) offered by MEKEI and meet face to face MEKEI’s core members and explores future collaboration and partnership.