Robust innovation systems play a vital role in promoting employment, economic growth and human development. Well-developed innovation systems also aid in good governance and policy formulation around the world. Yet, creating robust and well-developed innovation systems remains an elusive task for many economies. What are the key factors in creating such innovative systems? How to transform existing innovation systems through policy innovations and good practices? How to make innovations systems work across countries in different stages of economic development? Our executive program on “Making Innovation Systems Work: Transformative Policies and Good Practices” aims to provide participants with cutting-edge thinking about policy innovations and good practices in creating and sustaining innovations systems.
The program consists of a series of interconnected and interactive training sessions seminars on topics of regional and global interest, including the changing faces of innovation policy, social entrepreneurship and comparative perspectives from different world regions. Through exposure to cutting-edge insights from leading academics and thinkers in the field, evidence-based approaches to policy development, a practical orientation towards policy and practices, and attention to unconventional actors and institutions in shaping innovation systems, participants will develop an enhanced understanding of new policy approaches and their applicability across different policy sectors and regional contexts.
This one-of-a-kind program is jointly offered by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Sussex. University of Sussex’s Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) brings its unparalleled 50-year history in the field and combines it with the dynamism and academic rigor of science, technology and innovation policy.
The program is most suitable for those in government and industry, including the non-profit sector, who are seeking policies that respond to rapid social, political and technological change to address the challenges of economic growth, competitiveness and sustainable development.
Explore the importance of innovation systems and how they are changing
Understand the role of unconventional actors and linkages for innovation policy
Identify how social innovation can contribute to economic and social transformation
Examine practices from different world regions in order to inform technology policymaking and contextualise best practice
Identify strategies for strengthening science, technology and innovation advocacy and overcoming political and operational obstacles
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The program is designed for senior executives and professionals in the government, non-profit and private sector, whether working at national or international levels. The program is well suited for senior civil servants across government agencies, as well as consultants and staff of international development agencies. Leaders from non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and corporations who are concerned with innovation and technology policy will also benefit from the program. Training in the natural sciences is not a requirement. Program participants typically possess a broad cross-section of backgrounds, and have experience working in a variety of fields including: finance, economic and development planning, infrastructure development, industry, trade, science and technology, information and communications, education, health, environment, and regional development.
The Changing Faces of Innovation for Economic Growth, Global Competitiveness and Sustainable Development
Innovation Systems and Transformative Change
The Role of Unconventional Innovation Actors
Field visit to Explore Innovation Policy in Practice
Innovation Policy in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Asian economies
US and European innovation policy approaches
Social and Grassroots Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Overcoming Political and Operational Obstacles
Dr. Adrian ELY, University of Sussex (Lead Faculty)
Prof Naubahar SHARIF, HKUST (Lead Faculty)
Prof Joanna CHATAWAY, University of Sussex
Prof Can HUANG, Zhejiang University
Prof Kira MATUS, HKUST
Prof Xun WU, HKUST
Application Deadline: 30 April 2018