Training Course
Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy:
Evaluating the Impacts of Science, Technology and Innovation Programs

San Salvador, El Salvador, 26-30 October 2009

Application deadline: 25 September 2009

The United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht, Ministry of Economy, Government of El Salvador are jointly organizing a training course on the Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy (DEIP) in El Salvador from 26 to 30 October 2009.

Focus of this course will be to facilitate understanding on innovation policy to identify
and generate productive activities in the Salvadoran context. This requires understanding of innovation process in present-day global and local context through grasping the general perspectives on concept as well as the specific policy on particular themes such as education, intellectual property right and diaspora in relation to innovation. The course would explore the relevant case studies to well reflect the Central American (and Salvadoran) realities.

Thus, 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. Improve understanding and use of innovation system perspective as a focusing devise in formulating policy and strategies to identify and promote productive activities under rapidly changing global economy;
  3. Familiarize how innovation policy can be useful in global competition and policy learning.

The teaching staff
The training will be mainly conducted by distinguished lecturers from United Nations
University- Maastricht Economic and social Research and training center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht and various institutes from Latin American countries.

Venue and Date
San Salvador, El Salvador, 26-30 October, 2009

Target Clientele
Senior and middle level officials of Ministries of Science and Technology, Ministries of Industry and Economy, Officials acting in Education Policies and University direction, Sectoral Chambers and Trade Union Representatives, relevant pro-development NGOs, other supporting institutions and agencies based in developing countries in the region and personnel from the private sector involved in strategic planning in relation to innovation.

Number of participants: 40-60

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.

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

The language of the training will be English (in particular with regards to the
international speakers), however local speakers could lecture in Spanish. Simultaneous translation will be also provided.

Training course topics

The list of typical topics to be considered during the course includes (preliminary list):

1. Innovation processes and innovation systems: general perspectives on innovation policy:

  • Introduction to the Course
  • What is innovation? Introduction to innovation policy
  • Why Evaluation? Evaluation as part of innovation policy and Policy learning;
    Opportunities and threats for developing countries

2. Globalisation and innovation policies: rationale for innovation policies in a borderless economy in the developing world:

  • Why do governments have innovation policies-the theoretical arguments
  • Empirical evidence on globalisation of technology
  • Growing imperfections in the market for especially disembodied technologies
  • Components of an innovation policy

3. Challenges for the design and innovation policies in developing countries: lessons from the European experience;

4. Clusters, network and regional innovation systems:

  • Sectoral and local policies
  • The Regional dimension
  • Going beyond horizontal policies

5. Designing education policies for innovation: the supply of scientists and

  • Skill and Education for Innovation
  • Pecuniary and Non-pecuniary restrictions
  • University policies and scholarships
  • Scientists and Engineers in the firms
  • Education trends in the North? Moving R&D towards the market and knowledge on the move

6. Tapping into the talent abroad: the role of the Diasporas of the highly skilled in leveraging innovation, entrepreneurship and financing for innovation;

  • Why the Diaspora?
  • Benefiting from the experience of Taiwan
  • Recent and promising initiatives: Mexico and Chile
  • GlobalScott as a policy objective?

7. Issues related to international technology transfer and its management:

  • IPR rationale and meaning
  • Global system of IPR
  • IPR and trade
  • Multinational Firms, its attraction and implications
  • Trends in R&D

9. The role of R&D and innovation in economic growth

  • Available evidence
  • Measuring innovation: Innovation Surveys
  • How to measure the impact of innovation
  • Innovation, employment and development

10. Recent country experiences:

  • The process of policy design and implementation in different countries
  • Difficulties and Opportunities
  • Is there room to learn?
  • Suggestions and criticism

Application deadline is 25 September 2009.
Selected candidates will be notified before 1 October 2009.

Application: Please send your application form and CV to any of the contacts cited below. The application form can be also downloaded from the following institutional links

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
Tel. +31-433884449

Alternatively, application documentation can be also sent to:

Mr. Yax Canossa Humberstone
Gerente de Innovacion
Ministerio de Economía Dirección de Calidad y Tecnología
Alameda Juan Pablo II y Calle Guadalupe
Edif. C-1, 3ª Planta Plan Maestro
Centro de Gobierno
San Salvador
El Salvador CA
Tel. +503 2231 5633/5642

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