Who should attend
This programme is aimed at economic development professionals with practical experience in cluster development policies and practice, and who would like to formalize their knowledge and previous experience.
About the course
This programme is designed for economic development and business support professionals who are responsible for the management of clusters or those who would like to enter this exciting and rewarding profession. It combines classroom-based sessions with the delivery of a practical competitiveness reinforcement initiative in a cluster (that of a field project) over a seven-month period.
The training comprises a core of five integrated modules, which form the foundation on which practical skills and the knowledge required to support and develop clusters, can be built upon. The core is then followed by a choice of three elective modules to ensure participants take away skills and knowledge directly relevant to their day-to-day activities and responsibilities as a cluster manager. The practical field project runs in parallel with the in-class sessions.
In Class Training
The course curriculum for Gold Cluster Excellence Manager is based on materials developed by the ECEI and is taught by many of the professors who developed it. The programme includes 8 learning modules organized around 5 weeks of in-class training sessions spread across the 7-month training period. The curriculum aims to develop expertise in key areas ranging from Cluster Economics, Industry Analysis & Segmentation and Value Chain Analysis to Cluster Policy Evaluation.
After full participation in the classroom-based training sessions and successful completion of their field project, the participants will qualify as Gold Cluster Excellence Managers. The candidates will be evaluated individually, however in order to qualify for their certificate they will need to complete their field project in teams of up to 3 people.
Participants are required to carry out a practical field project in a real sector/industry of their region. This will be based on the theory modules leading to the design of a common competitiveness and innovation roadmap that will develop into the formulation of a strategic plan (per region or per cluster). The field projects will be closely monitored and guided by the Foundation’s tutors (Assistant Professors). The tasks and workload for the field projects are designed for execution in teams. The recommended time dedication required is around 1.8 fulltime equivalent (FTE) hours over the duration of the project. This cannot be effectively achieved per individual person, therefore we urge participants to form teams of up to 3 in order to carry out the field project. In some cases teams of 2 are acceptable, provided they can still dedicate the recommended allotment of time in the delivery of the project. Naturally, the time commitment required per individual participant would be significantly higher.
- Wk 1: 1st Week In-Class Training
- Wk 5: Last Day for Field Project Kick Offs
- Wk 6: 2nd Week In-Class Training
- Wk 10: Last Day for Field Project Phase I
- Wk 14: 3rd Week In-Class Training
- Wk 18: Last Day for Field Projects Phase II
- Wk 23: 4th Week In-Class Training
- Wk 23: 5th Week In-Class Training
- Wk 29: Last Day for Field Project Completion
- Wk 30: 6th Week In-Class Training
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