INNOVATION POLICY AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT
EVOLUTION OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT: CASE STUDY OF MAKU R&D CENTER
The role of universities in R&D activities is a subject which needs to be reevaluated and thought over in terms of their contribution to the related industries, their vicinities and research parks. The mere reason of the existence of universities is to push the boundaries of the existing knowledge to achieve better and more reliable results in any given field. Although the ideal is having universities which are able to adapt really quickly to changes, often the reality is not so. The change is mostly slow and not swift enough to keep up with the recent developments in many fields such as the economic changes. These changes in the manner of universities require long periods of time. This is one of the reasons why universities should be quick to respond to regional needs and shifts to help pursue more attainable and resilient ecosystems. The main objective of this article is to analyze the role of research and development unit Mehmet Akif Ersoy University R&D services. It aims to support co-evolution of local municipal and industrial enterprises to increase the competitiveness of the region.