International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

A Science and Technology Road Map for Developing Countries: National Initiatives in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan
Dr. Bashar S. El-Khasawneh, Dr. Robert M. Pech

Cultural and economic globalization and the rise of strongly developing economies has created tremendous pressure on developing countries which are striving to change their economic conditions in many different avenues. This stems from socio-economical and geo-political forces in a world that is becoming increasingly global. This paper creates a practical “road map” that serves to guide an educational aspect of that transformation, and examines the roles that may be played by collaboration between government, industry and academia. Then a number of initiatives that the United Arab Emirates and Jordan have started will be discussed and are showed to be very effective in realizing the intended transformation towards more knowledge-based economies. Whilst these two countries in a state of transformation, their initiatives may serve to kick-start programs in other economies which are at the same stages of development, and like the UAE and Jordan, look towards making progress.

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