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KEN Best Practice Award 2011

Since 2005 at every annual Forum (previously called EREF)  presentation of good practice cases have been part of the programme. Now, in the new framework of recently established Knowledge Economy Network, an Award for the best contribution to knowledge society and economy has been launched, and the first Awards were presented at the KEN Forum-2011  on 6 and 7 June in Maribor, Slovenia.

The winners of KEN Award 2011 were Switzerland for outstanding achievement in Innovation, Region of Stuttgart for Research & Development, Korea for Tertiary Education and lastly, the County of Buskerud for Entrepreneurship.

Presentations of regions

Photos from the dinner held on 6 June, and presentations on 7 June

The purpose of the Award:

To acknowledge exceptional achievement of policy makers and performance of stakeholders in various fields of knowledge economy, with particular emphasis on human capital. The key criteria of selection is:  originality, effectiveness, and scope of impact of a certain policy, scheme, or organisation established with the purpose to contribute to knowledge economy developments in a country, a region, or a local community. It could also be a strategy implemented very successfully in an organisation.

Through broad publicity and dissemination of information on why and how these cases stand out at the global level, KEN wishes to raise the awareness of the knowledge economy potential existing everywhere if the right conditions are created to release the creative strength of people and their institutions, for advancement based on knowledge and its proper usage.

The four KEN awards go to the best cases in the domains of:

(1) education and training;

(2) research and development;

(3) innovation, including social innovation; and

(4) entrepreneurship.

Success of the selected best practice are recognized in terms of comparative performance vis-a-vis similar schemes in other countries, quantifiable results achieved, target-performance relationship, as well as in terms of the long term impact factor.

As best practice not only those schemes and policies established recently would be considered, but any scheme, organization or programme having as objective improvement of human capital in terms of its productive performance and contribution to knowledge-based competitiveness.  In order to qualify as best practice case the schemes selected need to have at least 3 years of consistently successful track record.

The procedure of selection is very straightforward and transparent. All entries submitting the attached questionnaire are evaluated for their merit by a Selection Committee composed of 7 members of KEN Steering Committee and chaired by its Chairman.

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