What is Knowledge Transfer?

Knowledge Transfer

  • is the collaborative process that enables the knowledge generated in universities to be transmitted to a third party, so that this user can apply it to his/her own purposes in a socio-economic environment. 

Concepts of knowledge transfer, research and scientific communication 

  • Research is the process of generating new knowledge.
  • Scientific communication is the transmission of knowledge to non-scientists. 

In knowledge transfer: university researchers collaborate with the organisation that incorporates the research results into its activity, with a view to adapting these results for its own purposes.

In the scientific communication: any person or organisation can access and use the reported results. 

    Knowledge Transfer is one of the missions of universities since the implementation of the amendment to the 2007 Organic Law of Universities. Thus, a clear legal framework is in place, and serves as the starting point to define the characteristics of knowledge transfer in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities.

    What is the role of knowledge transfer in SSH?

      • It is aimed at different actors in the socio-economic environment: the business network, civil society and public sector (Central and Regional Governments, Councils,Local Authorities, Public Companies ...).
      • It promotes the quality of life of citizens, economic and social progress, and equitable and sustainable development.
      • It has a support role in any process of implementing a new technology.
      • It promotes exchanges between researchers and those who use the research results.
      • It fulfils that stated by the Organic Law of Universities as a third mission of the university: the transfer of knowledge and technology to society.


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