AURP & AURP Canada

History of AURP

From a gathering in Tempe, Arizona, the Association of University Related Research Parks (AURRP), was formed in response to a growing interest in research and development activities based in unique planned properties. The name was changed to the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) in 2001.

A non-profit international organization, AURP represents these planned technology developments, alternatively referred to as research, science or technology parks, which are designed to promote university-industry relations, to foster innovation, and to facilitate the transfer of technology from academe to the private sector. Today, the Association serves over 350 members around the world. It was during the 1980’s that a surgence of research parks and technology incubators took hold. Prior to 1980, only a handful of such developments had been undertaken. Today, more than 400 research parks worldwide are in varying stages of development.

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The Canadian Chapter: AURP Canada

The Canadian Association of University Research Parks (AURP Canada), is recognized as the Canadian Chapter of Association of University Research Parks (AURP), a non-profit corporation, with offices in Washington & Tucson, AZ USA.

AURP Canada’s primary membership consists of 27 planned and operating research parks within Canada. A variety of university, governmental, not-for-profit and private organizations interested in the development and operation of technology projects and programs comprise the balance of AURP Canada’s membership. Associate memberships are available to suppliers of goods and services to university research parks.

The Canadian Association of University Research Parks supports and promotes the development of university research and science parks worldwide. AURP provides the resources, tools, networking and industry experience to support research parks around the world. The role of the association is to represent the members and to advocate the position of the organization before administrative tribunals, municipal government, provincial ministries, federal departments and their agencies.

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