A UK-led project that will bring cutting edge international standards to Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) in Colombia has officially launched.
The project will initially build a network of ST&I experts (RedCTeI in its Spanish acronym) that can then provide capacity building to strengthen skills, and in turn provide a platform for users to contact the experts. Once this has been established, the project will issue recommendations to the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation – Colciencias (Colombia partnership) on how best to manage and maintain the network in the short, medium and long term.
The project is led by Henley Business School, part of the University of Reading, with support from Oxford University Innovation. Funding for the project has come through a British Council programme, the Newton-Caldas Fund, which promotes economic development and welfare in Colombia through science and innovation partnerships.
‘This is a high priority project for the Newton-Caldas Fund and the UK in general,” said Luis Calzadilla Waldmann, Newton-Caldan Fund director at the British Council in Colombia.
“Working with Colciencias at a strategic level, structuring Science, Technology and Innovation projects in local regions, is an important commitment to the strong support the work of different participants has on the sustainable development of the country.’
RedCTeI will be able to share knowledge, disseminate research and contact other experts. Members may also have the opportunity to take an online training course (MOOC) that will further strengthen their knowledge base.
Research Fellow at Henley Business School, Dr Claudia Murray, is leading the project.
“Colombia has been going through a fantastic transformation from being one of the sleeping giants of the region to becoming part of the ‘big six’ club of largest economies in Latin America and the Caribbean (which includes Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru),” said Dr Murray.
“We feel very privileged to be working with Colombian experts in developing this project and very excited to be part of this momentous transformation for Colombia.” Applications are now officially open to professionals with experience in ST&I who would like to join the network. Further information is available at www.colciencias.gov.co, where an application form can also be found.