5th week of the SME Competitiveness & Cluster Reinforcement Programme is underway

This week in Kostanay the Foundation team covered different approaches to cluster organisations management and cluster project management.  The programme addressed the very essential topics of building cluster development expertise and raising capacity within KIDI - Kazakhstan Industrial Development Institute - personnel.

Through highly nourished debates, training participants were given to reflect with their instructors on real cases and unique challenges they may have to face on the job. This week's professors were: Reza Zadeh and Ines Sagrario from the Foundation, Werner Pamminger from Business Upper Austria, and Maria-Luisa Blazquez from IESE Business School.  

 Instructor Ines Sagrario delivering a business case to the class.

Instructor Ines Sagrario delivering a business case to the class.

 Class of participants from KIDI with the Foundation academic team.

Class of participants from KIDI with the Foundation academic team.

A dip into the Blue Economy with the Competitiveness Summer School 2018

Next June, the 2018 edition of the Competitiveness Summer School will take an in-depth look at a pioneering cluster in the Blue Economy.  A case study on Barcelona Nautical Cluster focusing on high value nautical tourism will be the subject of the analysis, followed by a visit to some of the cluster's key players:

  • MB92, a world’s leading service, repair and refit company dedicated to the finest super-yachts.
  • The Royal Nautical Club of Barcelona, a reference in the Mediterranean navigation founded more than 140 years ago.

Full information and registration form for the Competitiveness Summer School 2018 are available clicking here.

 Barcelona Nautical Cluster: propelling a legacy of 140 years of excellence into 21st century's Blue Economy.

Barcelona Nautical Cluster: propelling a legacy of 140 years of excellence into 21st century's Blue Economy.

Karanganda hosts the 4th training week of the Kazakh'Cluster Excellence programme

The 4th training module on Cluster Excellence Management was delivered in Karaganda, Kazakhstan between the 19 and 23 February 2018. This module focused on change management and creating the environment for competitive collaboration among the businesses.

The training forms a part of the Kazakhstan SME Competitiveness Project, with a special focus on cluster development and has been impulsed by the Kazakh Ministry of National Economy in coordination with KIDI, the Kazakstan Industrial Development Institute.

For this 4th training week  the programme gathered a faculty of experienced international instructors:

  • Saskia Bonefoi, Competitiveness Inc.
  • Jordi Conejos, former Director General, Government of Catalonia.
  • Kadri UUs, Baltic Innovation Agency.
  • Reza Zadeh, EFCE.

For the record, venue for the training week was the Chaika hotel, a landmark in space exploration history since it is the hotel where, after landing, the first cosmonauts stayed, recovering from the feat they accomplished.