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STPI Learns from Japanese Science Parks

2020/01/16

The Science and Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI) joined the 2019 Science Park Innovative Policy Research and Developing Team to assist the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) with science park transformation. Through examining the policies of various science parks around the globe and exchanging ideas with the officials involved, the team hoped to bring innovative energy into science parks in Taiwan. Earlier in 2019, the team visited Osaka and northern Kyushu, the hubs of AI and biotechnological industries in Japan, and learned about the management, the operation, and the regional innovation systems of local science parks, which could serve as excellent examples for the MOST in promoting innovations in Taiwan science parks.

Visiting the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster

 

The team visited six institutions involved in the operation of science parks and cooperation between the industry and the academia, including the Earth Environmental Service at the Saito Life Science Park, the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe of the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster, the Kitakyushu Foundation for the Advancement of Industry, Science and Technology (FAIS) at the Kitakyushu Science and Research Park, the Panasonic AI Solution Center of the Panasonic Corporation, the Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University, and the Robot Village of the Yaskawa Electric Corporation. These institutions constantly come up with and actively promote regional innovations. For example, the FAIS operates the Kitakyushu Robot Forum, facilitating the collaboration between the industry and the academia, coordinating the central and local governments, and driving the commercialization of the research and development outcomes. The institution is dedicated to nurturing talents and carrying out the projects commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.

Visiting the Kitakyushu Science and Research Park

 

The team has summed up a few insights they obtained during the visit which might be beneficial for policy planning in the future: (1) tax preference can be a pull factor for companies to relocate in science parks; (2) international events can facilitate regional development; (3) cooperation between the industry and the academia as well as interdisciplinary courses should be encouraged; (4) participation of residents should be included in the planning; (5) smart technologies should be incorporated into the manufacturing process; (6) the regional innovation system should be a joint effort by the industry, the government, the academia, and research institutions.