The High-Tech sector in Israel has turned in the course of the last two decade into a striking economic success story, both by local and by international standards. In fact, Israel stands as one of the most prolific innovating economies, and as one of the few “Silicon Valley” types of technology centers in the world. There is no doubt that Government policy was key to the emergence and success of the sector, a policy embedded for the most part in the programs and budgetary resources of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) at the Ministry of Industry and Trade. A major factor in that policy was the bridging of the gap between Academy and Industry, the incubating of young companies, and a focus on international cooperation.
A comprehensive review of this policy was done by The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies (JIIS).
The JIIS is an independent, non-profit organization which acts as a bridge between the academic and the practical. Founded in 1978 and maintaining a balance of highly qualified academics and practitioners, the JIIS provides a constant flow of relevant, accurate, and in-depth data, policy papers, and professional analyses for use by decision-makers, researchers, and the general public. Its studies serve as a valuable resource for a variety of governmental bodies, public institutions, and civil organizations.
The JIIS works in an effort to conceptualize and identify appropriate public policies for generating high levels of industrial/technological growth. The group was involved in several major projects including an evaluation of the MAGNET program which centers on encouraging industrial pre-competitive collaborative R&D; a study on the operation and functions of the semi-public Technology Centers in Israel; and a study on the role of consultants and the innovation patterns of the SME sector.