The beginning of the third millennium has witnessed considerable changes in the research infrastructure to cope with the requirements of the knowledge era.
This new infrastructure is affected by two main factors; the first is related to completing the scientific research cycle towards the achievement of innovative products and services, and the second factor corresponds to linking research outcome to society needs. The new infrastructure includes for example;
- Centers of Research excellence
- Virtual Networks of Research and Innovation
- Science Parks and
- Technology Innovation Centers
ECU seeks in this respect, to establish a set of modern research centers that meets the needs of its faculties and copes with the non-traditional research infrastructure of the knowledge era.