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

Putrajaya, Malaysia
31 October - 04 November 2011.

Deadline for application: 07 October 2011

The United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht and the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of Malaysia are jointly organizing a training course on the Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy (DEIP). The course will be held in Putrajaya, Malaysia from 31 October – 04 November 2011.

Malaysia aspires to become a high income economy by 2020. The New Economic Model (NEM) announced by the government in March 2010 aims to achieve inclusiveness and sustainability through a model of growth driven by innovation and reforms. The Tenth Malaysia Plan sets out specific policy actions to support an innovation-led growth along four key dimensions namely, shaping a supportive ecosystem for innovation, creating innovation opportunities, putting in place innovation enablers, and funding innovation.

Innovation rests on structures of institutions and innovation performance depends on the functioning of these institutions. Thus, policy design should take a system approach whereby innovation performance is evaluated based on how the sets of institutions function in an innovation system. The NEM calls for a clear and transparent process for setting priorities in the promotion of innovation. The Government will need to continue evaluating the impact of policies and programmes aimed at achieving the desired outcomes of economic transformation driven by innovation.
The objective of this course is to understand some concepts, practices and techniques related with the design and the evaluation of innovation policies. The content is focused on the role of innovation policy in developing countries, where particular attention is given to the needs of Malaysia and middle income countries. The role of innovation in both the global and local context, as well as the link with topics such as education, intellectual property rights, and structural transformation are part of the main subjects of the course.

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 Malaysia to reflect the experiences and needs of Malaysia.

Venue and Date
Putrajaya, Malaysia, 31 October – 04 November 2011,

Target Audience
Senior and middle level officials dealing with science, technology and innovation in Malaysia. This includes personnel of Ministries of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministries of Industry and Economy, Officials involved in Education Policies and University Governance, Representatives of other policy supporting institutions and agencies and personnel from the private sector involved in strategic planning with regard to innovation. Participants from Asian countries other than Malaysia are welcome to participate.

Number of participants: 50

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 Malaysia are expected to arrange for their own travel funding.

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

Training Course Topics

  1. Rationale for Innovation Policy in Developing Countries
  2. Malaysia’s Transformation Agenda for An Innovation-led Growth
  3. Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy: A Conceptual Framework
  4. From Science and Technology Policy to Innovation Policy
  5. Innovation Policy and Innovation Systems
  6. Policy Instruments for Enhancing National Innovation Capacity
  7. Indicators for Measuring Outcomes of Innovation Policy and Policy Instruments
  8. Evaluation Methods and Monitoring
  9. Best Practices in Innovation Policy
  10. Leveraging FDI for Creating Innovation Opportunities
  11. Innovation in the Services Sector



Application deadline is 07 October 2011.
Selected candidates will be notified before 15 October 2011.

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

application form (Word)
application form (PDF)

Ms. Eveline in de Braek
Secretary to the Training Programmes
Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC Maastricht , the Netherlands.
Fax: + 31-43-388 4499
Tel: +31-43-388 4400

Dr. Fatimah Mohd Amin
Economic Planning Unit
Prime Minister’s Department
Parcel B, Block B5, Level 1
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62502 Putrajaya
Fax:+603 88883644

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