DAAD RAMSES Overview

InnoSPICE Assessment in ESAK

In the latest visit at the Esak institution in Kef, the three assessor trainees of the innoSPICE methodology shared their views about the Ramses project and the innoSPICE approach. Ramses is a  DAAD project started at the beginning of 2016. The objective is the improvement of management capabilities of the participating universities in research and higher education.  It is a collaboration between IRESA and the University of Bremen.

Prof. Thouraya Souissi, when asked about the project, says that technology transfer is one of the strategic plans of IRESA. “Actually, this is one of IRESA’s mission” says Pr. Souissi. “The innoSPICE Tool fits very well on it. InnoSPICE is a tool that can be used for the improvement of all processes of an institution involved in innovation and technology. This could be very helpful to our organization ‘s improvement of technology transfer.”

A big challenge that a lot of research institutions are facing is the transfer of their results to end users, in this case farmers. Interesting research outcomes and publications are not being shared effectively. There is an understanding of this situation in IRESA, and the Ministry is trying to find a solution for these issues. “We are working to improve ourselves” Souissi says. “We are looking for new models of transfer and innovation that could help us to transfer a part of our interesting results.” Souissi believes that the use of the innoSPICE Tool, will assist with the evaluation of all processes that need to be improved. As a consequence, this could lead to the successful transfer of technology.

Prof. Souissi, said her interest in the innoSPICE tool was because she found it interesting to have a tool that can identify weak points in the organization and help improve their work. Other interesting aspects for Souissi are the opportunities that this tool offers: Staff of different categories and interests can come together and exchange ideas about the development of their institution.

“For me, it is a positive aspect of the tool, that people come together and discuss solutions and ideas that could help to improve the development and functionality of the institutions.”

Every innoSpice assessment gives her a positive impression because she already can see that the participants are getting more aware of the need to improve a lot of things.

Prof. Souissi describes it as a quick win. “I can feel that something is changing on the way that we see the things, and this is positive,” she says. In the future, Souissi would like to see the institutions, supervised by IRESA, to implement this tool in their daily work, “not just because it is required of them, but also because they see its benefit. I know that this is going to take a lot of time and work, but I am also very optimistic” she mentions.

Pr. Thouraya Souissi

Dr. Nouiri is also one the assessor trainees. He expects to train staff who, within a short period of time, could perform innoSpice assessments. “It will be very efficient if we make this a tradition, yearly assessment, and evaluation.” Nouiri believes that the innoSPICE approach can be very helpful in the Tunisian research centers of Higher Education and Agriculture. “It is exactly what we need,” he says.

Dr. Benrebah, also an assessor trainee, believes that the improvement of the research results could have a positive effect on the local community and could also increase employment in Tunisia. “The collaboration between research and industry actors can bring new results in the socioeconomic environment” he argues. Benrebah hopes that “after the completion of this project the participants will be able to apply the innoSPICE methodology on their research centers to improve the transfer of their technology and their innovative management activities.”

The innoSPICE Assessors in ESAK

DAAD RAMSES

In October 2017, Dr. Michael Boronowsky and David Wewetzer, members of the Ramses project from the University of Bremen, visited Tunisia for the further development of the innoSPICE Assessment Plan. Specifically, they visited the headquarter of IRESA, and discussed the training plan by the executive assessors and the future direction of innoSPICE within IRESA. IRESA is the Tunisian project partner of the RAMSES Project and the national center for research and education in agriculture.

The second visit of the Ramses project in Kef took place in 21 of November 2017 when, David Wewetzer together with the three trained assessors of the innoSPICE tool, Prof. Thouraya Souissi, Dr. Jamel Ben Rabeh and Dr. Issam Nouiri, visited the Esak Institute in Kef. After a requirement meeting with the Director of the Institute and the members of the group, the team decided the process that they will be focused on the next days.

David Wewetzer and Prof. Thouraya Souissi (Director of Pedagogical Affairs of IRESA) visited the Director of Esak, Prof. Mokhtar Mahouachi

On November 22, a second innoSPICE assessment was conducted with the participants. Because of the large number of participants with different interests, the group was separated in two smaller ones: one group whose focus is on research science and another whose focus is administration. The assessment was successfully completed for both groups on 24 November. The next meetings are planned in March 2018.

Above: The subgroup focused on administration activities during the innoSPICE assessment

Below: The subgroup focused on research activities.

Workshop at the UNESCO IDUAI Celebration Day 2017 in Mauritius

The Innovation Capability Center will be present at the celebration event of the International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI 2017) that takes place on the 28th of September in Port Luis, Mauritius during eLearning Africa, the 12th International Conference on ICT for development, education, and training. The event is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Mauritius with over 50 inspiring sessions, interactive discussions, highlight talks and keynote speeches by experts and innovators from all over Africa and beyond.


Workshop: “Knowledge societies and SMART Development”

The Innovation Capability Center is organizing on 29th September 2017 the session “Access to Space technology and knowledge for S.M.A.R.T. Development”. In this workshop, Mrs. Tanja Woronowisc, Head of Development at TZI Innovation Capability Center, will exchange ideas with other speakers about innovation as a process, good multilevel governance systems, anticipatory governance and participatory governance, build on knowledge strategies and innovation management in a multistakeholder environment that are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely). The aim is to support countries towards sustainable development based on best practices of information and knowledge transfer systems and lessons learn.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • how knowledge transfer can help further to create impact for the implementation of smart development.
  • Improved research and innovation management capacity

Confirmed partners in this session are the International Federation of Information Processing and the European Space Agency.


UNESCO and IDUAI

  

September 28th is the International Day of Universal Access to Information (also known as IDUAI). The official event takes place at UNESCO’s headquarters, with guests from all over the world, including academics, community leaders and journalists who are working towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs recognize the power of communication, freedom of expression and public access to information and ICT in development cooperation. UNESCO is committed to create inclusive knowledge societies and empowering local communities by increasing access and preservation.

According to UNESCO, the resolution of marking the 28th September as the “International Day for Internet Access to Information” gives the opportunity to more countries to adopt freedom to laws with access to information, policy development for multiculturalism in the cyberspace and to guarantee the integration of men and women with disabilities and ensuring that no one is left behind. The respect for Human Rights is a priority for all people of the world, without distinction of race, gender, nationality, language or religion. The importance of this day in Africa was also officially recognized by Resolution 222 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at its 50th ordinary session.


 

 

Innovation Capability Center attended the Smart Regions Conference in Helsinki

Dr. Michael Boronowsky represented the Innovation Capability Center on the second edition of the Smart Regions event, that took place on the 1-2 June in Helsinki and provided the opportunity to national and regional authorities to share experience of how smart specialisation has been implemented in their countries and regions. In 2014 smart specialisation strategies were introduced in the European Union´s Cohesion Policy as the basis for research and innovation investment. As a result, over 120 strategies have been established to shape investments from 2014-20.

The event provided the opportunity to share experience between projects supported by the European Structural Investment Funds and other EU programmes and policies in the areas of research, industrial policy, education and skills. It has been enabled project promoters to learn from experience in other regions and find cooperation partners across EU in areas such as energy, agri-food, industrial modernisation, cybersecurity, health and the maritime industry.

In addition, there was an opportunity to debate the future of innovation in the context of European regional development with senior representatives from the European institutions and national and regional governments. The conclusions of the discussion will be a contribution to the discussion on the future of Cohesion Policy post-2020