An online course (MOOC) on innovation policies for regional development, dealing with innovation policies for regional development is commencing on the 15th of January 2018. It provides numerous perspectives regarding the concept of smart specialisation and presents the analytical tools and concrete methods necessary for the design and application of smart specialisation strategies on the regional or national scale. The MOOC will address not only innovation policy issues in developed countries but also development by innovation issues and structural change in the least developed countries.
The course will be directed and supervised by Dominique Foray, who was the creator of the concept and was then deeply involved in European smart specialisation policy between 2009 and 2013 as well as Martin Eichler, chief economist at BAK Economics (BAK), who is involved in developing indicators to support regions in terms of regional benchmarking and economic assessment.
More information about this course can be found at https://www.smartspecialisation.ch/.
Note: The smart specialisation concept, originally developed within the framework of a European Commission Expert Group, involves both a general innovation policy concept and a method designed to operationalise this concept.