Latin America

SICD is presently collaborating with Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Cochabamba, Bolivia.

According to the vision of the Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS), the national development agenda, and the specific experiences gained from the last years with innovation processes at UMSS, the approach to achieve the expected main goals of the INNOVA program is done from two linked branches or components.

The 2 linked components of the INNOVA program are
A. Research Training in the Innovation Area
B. Research Supporting in the Innovation area

By intertwining these 2 components, the technical transfer unit UTT at UMSS is expected to become a Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer at UMSS, building institutional capacities and competencies for UMSS as a Developmental University (Arocena, Göransson, Sutz, 2018) and linking effectively the three university missions to foster the socially valuable use of knowledge within concrete interactive learning spaces both at local, regional and national levels.

The pioneer research-based and action-based approach of innovation involved will consolidate UTT as a national nodefor knowledge democratization and to foster co-evolutionary processes for inclusive and sustainable development. Learning by doing, by using and by interacting (Lundvall, 2016) are key to promote dynamics of innovation systems in context.

The executed activities are focused on the following main strategic lines:

  • Cluster formation.
  • Skills training.
  • Innovation and technology development.
  • Commercial cooperation.
  • PhD program.
  • Master program.
  • The creation of action policies.