The “Knowledge and Partnership Bridges” Initiative was created in August 2017. The aim of the Initiative is the networking of Greeks regardless of their place of residence and professional employment, thus contributing to the strengthening of co-operation between them and, more broadly, to the development of the country.
The Initiative seeks to utilize the knowledge and know-how of Greeks operating abroad, and not necessarily or exclusively to help them repatriate. This is based on the great opportunity presented by the use of digital media as “mediators” for networking. Also it is well established that returning to the country is not high priority for all Greeks abroad.
This is notably different from similar national and international initiatives.
The upgraded digital platform of the Initiative is the central tool and networking mechanism for achieving the goals of the Initiative.
Through the platform, targeted liaison services, participation in web conferences and webinars are recommended to members of the network, to both individuals, and companies. Also, processed information on financial instruments and scholarships is provided, as well as specialized guidance on issues of interest to members of the community.
In particular actions, events and targeted services are offered covering the following areas:
Supporting the networking of Greek scientists, professionals and entrepreneurs inside and outside the country Aids the goals of the Initiative which is creative interaction, exchange of knowledge and good practices and the achievement of collaborations with mutual benefit for the stakeholders and Greece
Promoting Greeks who live and work inside and outside the country helps in order to redefine the image of the country and highlight its potential. This can serve as a source of inspiration for Greeks wherever they are and inspire towards new collaborations.
The aim is to map Greece’s specialised human resources abroad so as to understand their mobility, an understanding that will help determine the specific characteristics of this population, the quantitative and qualitative documentation of the phenomenon of human capital outflow, and will contribute to the formulation of the respective public policies.
To this end, the Initiative takes advantage of the infrastructure, research methodology and taxonomic schemes followed by EKT in the implementation of its primary surveys (as a National Statistical Authority on RTD issues).
The aim is to provide specialized and up-to-date information on national and/or European funding programs and incentives for business activities, scholarships and training opportunities, important news about the Greek economy and society, as well as information on critical Greek issues abroad. The objective is to support business and research activity in the country and the development of its human resources.
The Ministry of Development and Investment focuses on the strategic and operational planning, programming and implementation of the country’s development policy with the aim of promoting competitiveness, productivity, entrepreneurship, extroversion and economic innovation, as well as strengthening economic, social and regional cohesion.
Learn more at: www.mindev.gov.gr/
The role of EKT in the implementation of the Initiative and the achievement of the objectives set is crucial, as it provides all the scientific background, tools, know-how and research data that is required. In its institutional role, EKT assists in the mapping, monitoring and exploitation of the specialized domestic human resources. With its experience in national actions related to specialized human resources, in matters of documentation, technological development, innovation, academic interconnection, study and feedback of texts, EKT sets guidelines for further improvement and expansion of the initiative “Knowledge and Partnership Bridges” and, through the services
that meet the above objectives, implement an immediate and long-term socially beneficial action, serving exclusively public interest purposes.
EKT is a public body overseen by the Ministry of Digital Governance. It provides broad information on research and innovation, supports participation in national and European programs, promotes public and private sector research, provides data on the development of innovative entrepreneurship, and generates statistics and indicators for research, development and innovation in Greece.
The electronic infrastructure operated and developed by EKT serves national roles, provides advanced electronic services in the world of research and innovation, enhances open access to knowledge and ensures access for users at all times.
Learn more at: www.ekt.gr
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