On 20 September 2018, HERAS in cooperation with MEST organized a conference on Fostering links between Science and Industry in Kosovo, with an aim of identification appropriate instruments to promote the innovation and knowledge transfer Kosovo wide. The event was opened by Mr. Shyqiri Bytyqi, Minister of Education, Science and Technology and Mr. Gernot Pfandler, Ambassador of Austria in Prishtina.
Mr. Shyqiri Bytyqi stated that Kosovan universities need to develop further towards the field of research, innovation and science. He said that in recent years, there have been changes and developments in both public universities and private colleges, but there is still a need to deepen the research part of the universities and a far greater cooperation among the main stakeholders in order the higher education is closer to the labour market and industry. Mr. Bytyqi said that MEST plays a very important role and is willing to cooperate on whichever part, so that educational institutions in Kosovo have the opportunity to secure their own income by becoming entrepreneurs.
Mr. Gernot Pfandler said that HERAS project is among the largest projects in the field of education in Kosovo and he personally appreciates the work done by the consortium and the project team. He stated that the knowledge between academia and the business enterprise sector shall be intensified in order universities are more entrepreneurial and that will facilitate the increase of the economic impact of universities into the labour market (so called 3rd mission of universities). Mr. Pfandler invited all stakeholders and beneficiaries, to get actively involved into this subject matter and help the cause of bringing the higher education of Kosovo closer to labour market and make it entrepreneurial oriented.
During the event, Mr. Aqim Emurli, project leader followed by the key note speakers Mr. Helmut Gassler from ZSI Austria, Ms. Myzafere Limani from Science Council of Kosovo and Mr. Fis Malesori from VentureUP spoke about the innovation and knowledge transfer from their own perspective – tackling the issue from different aspects. The plenary session of the event was an opportunity for all participants to take an active part at the discussions with their contributions. HERAS will follow-up closely with MEST and together design the next activities that are expected to be implemented in the coming period.