At the campus of the British University in Dubai, DIAC
Triple Helix Sustainability Forum 2016
Delegates from UK and UAE universities, UAE and local Emirate governmental bodies, and UAE based business and industry are invited BUiD to:
Sustainability + The Need for Change
Sustainability is the effective combination of enhanced living standards, improved health and well-being, the preservation, protection and renewal of the environment, and stable economic productivity. Effective pursuit of this agenda requires that government, industry, academia, non-government organisations and multi-national agencies work collaboratively. Change and innovation is required across fields of activity including policy, strategy, operational practices, structures and technologies; this must happen across the different sectors: public, private, infrastructure, commercial, societal. Change and innovation will be stimulated and supported by growth in knowledge and expertise in what works, and by evaluation and development of new initiatives.
The Triple Helix + The UAE
The ‘Triple-Helix’ describes of collaboration between government, industry and universities in programmes of research. It is rare to see the triple helix working effectively. Initiating and orchestrating such collaboration is a complex endeavour, even where conditions known to be favourable are available. In the UAE these conditions - for example tax incentives, non-transient employment markets, a concentration of domestic industry, universities with research missions and funded research budgets, and political structures that afford professional associations or quasi-government organisations with influence on policy - are not well developed. So what alternative conditions do exist in the UAE that would stimulate effective ‘triple-helix’ collaboration between government, industry and universities? What would collaboration look like in projects aimed at improving ‘sustainability’? How would the outcomes be put to use?
Order of Events: 9 am - 1 PM
Panel One: Policy Context
Panel Two: The Triple Helix” UK and UAE perspectives
Panel Three: The Research Agenda
The British University in Dubai has extensive research and educational experience in the area of sustainability. We find evidence of this in students' MSc and Doctoral theses, and in the outcomes of other scholarly activities: academic research, advisory roles and professional training to private and public local entities, and international and local conferences, seminars and workshops. We have, for example, identified smart technologies and developed their integration and adaptation for improved energy and water consumption. The University has been recognized for its work on sustainability by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Sheikh Zayed Appreciation Award for the Environment 2016.