Connecting Football and Innovations (Croatian Case)

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Croatian National Team is pretty good in football, we are in top 20 teams in FIFA rankings for a long time now. So, Croatia is really strong in the most popular sport in the world despite the fact that it has population of only 4 million. How is this possible and why Croatia is not so good in other areas/disciplines? Continue reading “Connecting Football and Innovations (Croatian Case)”

New Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011

With the growth in last year, Croatia find the plave among the Moderate Innovators, together with neighbouring Serbia. Hungray & Italy. Other country in Cental-Eastern Europe Are among Modest Innovators, like Bulgaria, Macedonia & Romaina, Moderate Innovators like Poland, Slovakia & Chech Republic. The best is Slovenia which almost got EU average and finds the place among Innovation Followers. The Innovation Leaders in Europe are again Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Denmark & Finland), together with Switzerlan & Germany. Now, let’s take a look at Croatia scores: the worst results comes from Patent Applications, which says a lot about the state of … Continue reading New Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011

eu inno scoreboard 2008

Innovation Scoreboard for 2008 is published. As stated in this publication, Innovation leaders are: Sweden, Finland, Germany, Denmark and UK. Above EU average are Austria and France and below are Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and all “new” members.Fast growers in catching-ip countries are Bulgaria & Romania. Croatia and Lithuania are ranked as slow growers 😦It is noted that EU is decreasing it’s innovation gap with US and Japan, have a look: link Continue reading eu inno scoreboard 2008

european inno-scoreboard 2007

The 2007 European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) was published today. Inno-leaders are Sweden, Finland, Germany, UK, USA… Inno-followers include Austria, France, Ireland… Moderate innovators are Czech republic, Italy, Slovenia… And finally catching-up countries Bulgaria, Croatia (!), Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia…What’s most interesting is to see how it’s determined, so here’sthe list of Innovation indicators:1.1 S&E graduates1.2 Population w ith tertiary education1.3 Broadband penetration rate1.4 Participation in life-long learning1.5 Youth education attainment level2.1 Public R&D expenditures2.2 Business R&D expenditures2.3 Share of medium-high/high-tech R&D2.4 Enterprises receiving public funding for innovation3.1 SMEs innovating in-house3.2 Innovative SMEs co-operating w ith others3.3 Innovation expenditures3.4 Early-stage … Continue reading european inno-scoreboard 2007

the future of europe lies in knowledge

Janez Potočnik, member of the European Commission for Science and Research said The Future of Europe Lies in Knowledge at the National Forum on Europe, in Dublin:“We want to improve our quality of life and remain globally competitive. If we think about how best to achieve that, we can consider cutting costs or improving our productivity. Looking at the costs, then there are limited possibilities. I’ve not met many people who really want to drive down wages or drastically cut back on our social security standards. And even after we’ve made improvements in the flexibility and mobility of our labour … Continue reading the future of europe lies in knowledge