UAE among top 10 countries for community innovation
According to the survey, five per cent of the country's population are innovators.
Dubai - The survey revealed that Emirati women surpassed their male counterparts and made up the majority of the UAE innovators, in contrast with the other countries on the list where men dominated.
The UAE is one of the top 10 highest-ranking countries in the world with regards to community innovation, revealed the Global Community Innovation Survey. According to the survey, five per cent of the country's population are innovators.
The results were made public at the community innovation panel discussion, organised recently by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI). The MBRCGI conducted the study in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The findings place the UAE on the top 10 list along with the UK, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Japan, South Korea and China.
"The results of the survey reaffirm the UAE's pioneering role when it comes to innovation," said Huda Al Hashimi, assistant director-general for strategy and innovation, UAE Prime Minister's Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future. "They are the testament to the success of the UAE government's vision and efforts, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has called for turning innovation into a lifestyle and daily habit.
"The survey reveals many opportunity areas that the UAE is ideally poised to benefit from," Al Hashimi added. "We could be one of the first countries to develop plans and regulation to manage community innovation and provide incentives for innovators - especially in areas of national priority, such as education and health."
Furthermore, the study determined the UAE innovators' areas of interest, which include health, education and computer programming, among others. The innovators were willing to venture into other strategic sectors where their contributions could significantly boost the UAE's innovation score. The report also identified the sectors that have the most potential to boost nationwide innovation: Professional training and hands-on technical experience.
Women surpass menThe survey revealed that Emirati women surpassed their male counterparts and made up the majority of the UAE innovators, in contrast with the other countries on the list where men dominated. All innovators expressed their enthusiasm to share their innovations with others to help them improve their quality of life.
In addition to revealing the results of the survey, the panel discussion introduced the concept of community innovation to attendees, identifying it as the process by which individuals create breakthrough products and services to address social needs that were otherwise untapped in the market.
The session featured Eric Von Hippel, professor of technological innovation at MIT's Sloan School of Management. He has announced the results of many innovation-related surveys in the UAE and around the world, underlining innovation as an invaluable economic and social resource.
The UAE's participation in the survey aligns with the objectives of the National Strategy for Innovation to make the UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation was inaugurated in September 2014 by Sheikh Mohammed. It seeks to encourage innovation in the government sector by establishing an integrated system.