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

Venue: Maastricht, the Netherlands

Date: 10 to 14 November 2008

Target clientele: Senior and middle level officials of Ministries of Science and Technology, Ministries of Industry and other technology supporting institutions and agencies based in developing countries.

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.

Number of participants: 35-40

Duration: The programme will be spread over five working days (Monday to Friday)

Selection of the candidates: The application form can be downloaded on the UNU-MERIT 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.

Faculty: The core faculty are drawn from the UNU-MERIT research staff. They will be supplemented by scholars from other institutes specialized in the design and evaluation of innovation policies.

Curriculum and structure of the programme: The course adopts an innovation systems perspective to the analysis of innovation policy. It is spread over five working days with an opportunity for informal meetings between the participants. 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. Approximately two hours are scheduled for country case preparation in one of the morning sessions. An issue-oriented roundtable will enable the participants to discuss innovation policy initiatives in their own countries. The workshop emphasizes cross-country dialogue on innovation policies. Earlier successful editions of this course haven been organized nine times at different locations (once in Nigeria , once in Mauritius and once in Argentina and six times in Maastricht).

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

Reading Materials: Participants will be provided with a compilation of key reading materials. These will be sent to the selected candidates by email prior to their arrival in Maastricht .

Course Fee: No course fee will be charged for participants from developing countries. Candidates are encouraged to find their own sources of funding for travel and living expenses . UNU-MERIT has possibilities for financial support for travel and expenses for a limited number of participants.

Application: Application forms can be downloaded from the links below. Application deadline is 15 August 2008.

application form (Word)
application form (PDF)

For additional information, please write to:

The Coordinator, DEIP Programme
Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC Maastricht , the Netherlands.
Fax: + 31-43-388 4499
Tel: +31-43-388 4400

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