Ramazan Uctu, Associate Professor | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Ramazan Uctu, Associate Professor

Email: ramazan.uctu [at] auis.edu.krd
Office: B-B2-10
Dr. Uctu received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. While earning his Ph.D., he served as an Associate Postgraduate Student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong,  through the university's exchange program.
His scholarly activity and research focus on innovation systems, biotechnology of developing countries, university-industry links, technology transfer and commercialization, industrial cluster research, and local economic development. His Ph.D. research sought to understand the reconstruction of the regional innovation system in the Western Cape region of South Africa to enhance the biotechnology sector, including legislation altering the role of universities in bridging the gap between research outputs and commercialization through licensing and spin-offs. Along with his Ph.D. research, he was awarded a prize as one of the best Ph.D. students in South Africa in 2013.
In addition to authoring various publications, he also reviews articles for international journals including Industry and Higher Education, and African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development. Moreover, he is an active external examiner for master's and Ph.D. students at the UKH Business School in Erbil.
Dr. Uctu currently holds a research fellow position at University of Stellenbosch.


Uctu, R., “Use of Generic Medicines in the Middle East: knowledge, perceptions and experiences of the Sulaimani population in Iraq” Journal of Generic Medicines (April 2021) https://doi.org/10.1177/17411343211008948
Uctu, O., C. Karaca, and R. Uctu, “An Evaluation of Investment Project in Gaziantep Province Footwear Industry: A NPV and IRR Approach”, The Journal of Accounting and Finance, Vol. 89, Issue: 1, pp.251-272, (January 2021)
Uctu, R. and Essop, H., “Identifying the strength and weaknesses of the South African tech-based industries: Insights from the Swiss South African Business Development programme”, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Vol. 12, issue. 4, pp. 517-528, (July 2020)
Uctu, R., Essop, H. and Jafta, R., “Evaluating South Africa’s Tech-entrepreneurship Programme for Venture Creation through the eyes of the Participants”, Industry and Higher Education, ‘Entrepreneurship process’ special issue, Vol. 34, Issue.3, pp.203-218, (April 2020)
Uctu, R., “Generic Drugs in the Middle East: A case study in Sulaimani city, Iraq”, Journal of Generic Medicines: The Business Journal for the Generic Medicines Sector, (first published April 2020)
Uctu, R. and Jafta, R., “Turbulence in the biotechnology sub-sector of the Western Cape Regional Innovation System”, Journal of Commercial Biotechnology Vol. 24, No. 2: 10-20, (August 2018)