László Palkovics, Minister for Innovation and Technology, welcomed Luis Sanz, Director General of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) and leaders of the Association of Science and Technology Parks (HASP) in his office on January 15, 2019.
According to László Palkovics, the creation of science parks is a crucial element in stimulating an innovative economy, and the experience of the international organization represents a significant added value for Hungary.
Universities should be close to market demand – the Triple Helix model is implemented in a collaboration of industrial, state and local government entities and higher education.
The Minister emphasized that the integration of Hungarian STPs into the international network is a major task in which the Ministry counts on the work of the Association of Science and Technology Parks (HASP).
During his two-day visit, Luis Sanz experienced significant changes in development on a policy level. Increasing the number of science parks, science and technology parks, and the importance in the economic strategy are key factors for knowledge economy development. The clear policy direction that has been developed in recent times is worth to be recognized, in which the ideas of decision-makers and participants point in the same direction.
The international organization, founded in 1984, represents nearly 400 science parks, 115.000 innovative companies in 77 countries, and is a permanent member of the UN Economic and Social Council.