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CEU Business School and National Innovation Office Establish Strategic Cooperation
In a significant step towards its goal of advancing innovation and entrepreneurship in Hungary, CEU Business School signed a cooperation agreement with the National Innovation Office of the Hungarian Government in late February. The National Innovation Office is the governmental body responsible for research, development and technological innovation. It operates under the direction of the Minister for National Economy.

In formalizing a long-term strategic cooperation, CEU Business School and the National Innovation Office agreed on two key points: 1. Innovation is a major determining source of economic growth; and 2. Coordinated innovation development connecting science, research and commercialization is a dynamic and necessary driving force for achieving the strategic goals put forth by the Hungarian government in the new Széchenyi program (Hungary’s major job-creation and economic growth plan).

Activities that will come as a result of this collaboration include faculty experts from CEU Business School advising the National Innovation Office on topics of innovation and regulation. It is also planned that CEU Business School will help develop educational programs for the Office’s employees and others involved with Hungarian-based innovation. Joint conferences between CEU Business School and the National Innovation Office are expected as well.

"The top priorities of the new Hungarian innovation strategy include entrepreneurial training and internationalization of R&D based companies,” said László Korányi, vice president for international relations at the National Innovation Office. “I am convinced that this cooperation agreement between the National Innovation Office and CEU Business School will channel the huge international experience of this university into the Hungarian innovation ecosystem and at the same time will enable CEU to tailor its programs to the needs of Hungarian professionals."

Mel Horwitch, dean of CEU Business School, commented: “It is a privilege to work with the Hungarian National Innovation Office and to have the opportunity of contributing to its very important work.”

This collaboration with the National Innovation Office is the latest of many partnerships the School has forged to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in Hungary. For example, it worked with the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, the U.S. Embassy and the Hungarian Venture Capital Association, among others, to create the October 2012 Entrepreneurship Summit. The School also partnered with Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME) to develop a course called “Design Thinking,” which brings MBA and design students together, fostering interdisciplinary problem-solving techniques that characterize successful innovation and entrepreneurship.

CEU Business School also regularly joins up with top practitioners and thinkers for its Roundtable Series, which explores pressing issues facing entrepreneurs and management leaders. To date, it has held more than ten roundtable events at its Budapest campus. Topics have included protecting intellectual property, commercializing new technology and services, angel investors, and building intelligent communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

NIH-CEU megállapodás
Mel Horwitch (CEU); Antal Nikodémus (NGM); László Turóczy (NGM); Judit Hildegard Hajós (CEU); László Korányi (NIH)
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Cooperation for the mapping of the national ICT sector’s R+D activities
The National Innovation Office (NIH) and the ICT Association of Hungary (IVSZ) signed a cooperation agreement on 15 May 2012. According to the agreement the two institutions help each other’s work mutually in mapping the national ICT sector’s activities, status and processes and in the analysis, data-findings of the NIH’s Science and Technology (S&T) Observatory. The aim of the long term cooperation is to procure information which is necessary to work out industry development proposals which can be the basis of later EU fund’s allocation.

Grounding the decision making of the national RDI strategy planning by collecting appropriate quality and quantity evidence-based information (about resources, development tendencies etc.) is the main duty of the Science and Technology Observatory. To fulfil these duties the institutions (like the IVSZ) which have precise and up-to-date information from the professional fields are necessary beside the elaboration and centralization of the existing databases.

NIH-IVSZ együttműködési megállapodás
Tamás Laufer president (IVSZ), Dr. György Mészáros president (NIH)

According to the IVSZ – NIH cooperation agreement the institutions’ tasks will be the mapping of the ICT sector’s activity, the recognition of its status and processes, to foster the networking of the sector’s enterprises by the S&T Observatory’s analysis and data collections and by the wise communication of its results. The tendency of the development can be prognosticated from the results which can provide appropriate aid for tenders (the later software development programmes for example).

Our institution takes part in the national strategy’s elaboration, realization and in the governmental information and analysis activity in the field of science, technology and innovation policy in which this cooperation is a real improvement, Dr. Gyorgy Meszaros, president of NIH said. We find the S&T Observatory’s continuous development and operation, the creation of analysis with the IVSZ’s help and the expansive communication of the results important for the fostering of the enterprises’ network.

The IVSZ as the representative of the Hungarian info communication (ITC) sector’s enterprises finds it important to do everything to encourage the Hungarian info communication sector’s innovative activities. Mapping of the ICT sector’s innovation activity in which the IVSZ helps to NIH has a major part in the duties, services and analysis of the S&T Observatory which is going to be elaborated within the Science-Innovation programme of the New Szechenyi Plan, Laufer Tamás, president of ICT Association of Hungary said.

NIH-IVSZ együttműködési megállapodás
Tamás Laufer president (IVSZ), Dr. György Mészáros president (NIH)

 

According to the agreement the NIH helps to the IVSZ in the creation of its strategy, in addition to this the NIH makes analysis and reports together with the IVSZ about the ICT sector. The IVSZ provides access to its databases especially to those which are related to the ICT sector’s RDI activity and it helps in the creation and dissemination of analysis about the ICT sector’s characters.

Last modified: February 06, 2015
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