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Training Course
Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy in a Developing Country Context (DEIP)

Woraburi Phuket Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand
5-9 March 2012

Deadline for application: 31 January 2012

The Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policies in Developing Countries (DEIP) is a one-week course provided by UNU-MERIT (Maastricht Economic and Social research and training centre on Innovation and Technology, United Nations University, The Netherlands). Proven to be popular since 2004 inception, this course has been designed for policy makers in science, technology and innovation policy, particularly in developing countries. Focus on strategic decision-making about technology and innovation, analyzing the latest technological developments and designing appropriate responses and policies tailored to specific development contexts.

The course focuses its contents on theory and practices of innovation policy, on policy design, policy implementation, on measuring and monitoring innovative performance, as well as outcomes and impact evaluation. There are dialogues for sharing lessons learned among participants, and all participants are expected to give a presentation based on their respective national experience.

The target groups consists of senior and middle level officials from science, technology, innovation development and policy agencies and offices, key representatives from private sectors, along with international participants. This course expects to welcome around 50 participants in total.

The DEIP training courses 2012, proposed to be in Phuket, Thailand, will be jointly organized by Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) with support from UNU-MERIT. NSTDA and STI are public organizations under the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Royal Thai Government.

Objectives
This training aims to enhance policy design and evaluation knowledge of senior policy makers in Thailand, combining with experiences from EU and internationals. At the same time, this provides great opportunities to expand network of science, technology and innovation policy makers, thus fueling the drive for better future.

After attending the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Better appreciate the various components of an innovation policy and especially to distinguish between financial and non-financial instruments and their impact;
  2. Understand the importance of policies to increase the supply of technically trained human resource for R&D and other innovation activities;
  3. Improve the collection and presentation of conventional indicators and innovation surveys so as to use them to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of specific instruments of innovation policies;
  4. Familiarize themselves with methods of policy evaluation;
  5. Improve the understanding and use of innovation system perspective as a focusing devise in formulating policy and strategies to identify and promote productive activities in the context of a rapidly changing global economy and;
  6. Appreciate how innovation policy can be useful in global competition and policy learning.

The Teaching staff
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), Maastricht and experts from Thailand to reflect the experiences and needs of emerging countries.

Venue and Date
Woraburi Phuket Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand, 5-9 March 2012.

Participants
15 participants from NSTDA
15 participants from STI
10 participants from public and private sectors in Thailand
10 international participants

Number of participants: 50 qualified participants

Selection of the candidates:
The candidate's qualifications, experience, and the relevance of their present work to innovation and policy making, will be the main selection criteria.

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 in English.

Course fee
There is no course fee for participants. Participants from outside Thailand are expected to arrange for their own travel funding.

Language
The language of the training will be English.  The lecturers will be a combination of international and Thai based speakers.

Training Course Topics

  1. Rationale for innovation policy in developing countries
  2. Evaluation of innovation policy
  3. Intellectual property rights and development: opportunities and threats: patents as an innovation tool
  4. Science and Technology Development: Evolution
  5. Education, Human Resource Policies and Diaspora
  6. Innovation and promotion of small and medium enterprises, networking, clustering and the regional dimensions in Europe
  7. Cluster-related Policies and cases in Thailand
  8. Financing Innovation in Context of developing countries: tax incentives, subsidies and research grants
  9. Monitoring and evaluation of Innovation Policies and the logic of evaluation
  10. Promotion of non-traditional exports and Innovation

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Application:

Application deadline is 31 January 2012.
Selected candidates will be notified before 08 February 2012

Please send your application form and CV to any of the contacts cited below.

application form (Word)
application form (PDF)

Ms. Eveline in de Braek
Secretary to the Training Programmes
UNU-MERIT
Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC Maastricht , the Netherlands.
E-mail: indebraek@merit.unu.edu
Fax: + 31-43-388 4499
Tel: +31-43-388 4400

Dr. Chatchalee Ruktanonchai
Director of Organization Evaluation Division
Corporate Office
NSTDA
chatchalee@nstda.or.th

or

Ms Amara Chunplang
Analyst
Organization Evaluation Division
NSTDA                
amara@nstda.or.th

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