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UNU-MERIT Training Programme in
Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy in Developing Countries (DEIP)

Agenda

The Royal Scientific Society (RSS) of Jordan, the Jordan Innovation Centre for Engineers and Industrial Enterprises at the Royal Scientific Society (JIC) and the United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and social Research and training center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Netherlands are organizing the training course. The objectives of this course are to learn about the design of innovation policies especially in developing countries and about the evaluation of the effectiveness of these policy instruments using science, technology and innovation indicators of both conventional and non-conventional varieties. The programme is structured into two modules; module one deals with policy design issues, while module two offers lectures on issues and techniques related to the monitoring and evaluation of innovation policies.

Thus, after attending the course, participants will be able to:

  • better appreciate the various components of an innovation policy and especially to distinguish between financial and non-financial instruments and their impact;
  • understand the importance of policies to increase the supply of technically trained human resource for R&D and other innovation activities;
  • improve the collection and presentation of conventional indicators so as to use them to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of specific instruments of innovation policies; and
  • take explicit cognizance of the existence of new innovation indicators such as community innovation surveys and also understand the limitations of replicating such efforts in developing countries.

Your Trainer:
The training will be conducted by distinguished lecturers from United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and social Research and training center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Netherlands.

Venue:
The Royal Scientific Society, Amman-Jordan

Date:
June 10-12, 2008

Target clientele:
The potential participants are senior and middle level officials of Ministries dealing with Science and Technology and other technology supporting institutions and agencies based in developing countries. In addition to personnel from business Management, strategic planning, and business excellence.

Objectives:
After attending the course, participants will be able to: (i) better appreciate the various components of an innovation policy and especially to distinguish between financial and non-financial instruments and their impact; (ii) understand the importance of policies to increase the supply of technically trained human resource for R&D and other innovation activities; (iii) improve the collection and presentation of conventional indicators so as to use them to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of specific instruments of innovation policies; and (iv) take explicit cognizance of the existence of new innovation indicators such as community innovation surveys and also understand the limitations of replicating such efforts in developing countries.

Selection of the candidates:
The application form can be downloaded from this website (see link below). The candidate's qualification, experience, and the relevance of their work to innovation and policy making, will be the main criteria for selection.

Course completion certificate:
All participants who successfully complete the course will be given a course completion certificate.

Reading Materials:
Participants will be provided with a compilation of key reading materials.

Training Course Format:

  • Tapping into global technology.
  • Design and evaluation of innovation policy: a conceptual framework.
  • Globalization and Innovation Policy: Challenges for Developing Countries.
  • The Role Of R&D in Economic Growth.
  • Clusters, networks and regional innovation systems.
  • Intellectual property rights and development.
  • Capital Markets and Innovation Financing
  • Public Sector Innovation through Electronic Governance.
  • Innovation surveys: design, implementation and analysis.      
  • Monitoring of innovation.                
  • Challenges for the design of innovation policies: lessons from Europe.    
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of innovation policies.

Application:
Application forms can be downloaded from the links below.
application form (Word)
application form (PDF)

Application deadline is 30 April 2008. Selected candidates will be notified before 30 May 2008.

Please send your application form to:
Engineer Nizar Al-Halasah
Training Course Coordinator
P.O. Box 1438 Al-Jubieha 11941 Jordan
Tel. +962-6 53 43 281

E-mail: halasah@rss.gov.jo
RSS Link : www.rss.gov.jo

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