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Positive Macedonian Experiences with foreign funded project Cases of USAID and ADA funded projects Dr. Atanas Kocov Dr. Radmil Polenakovik Mr. Tasko Rizov Mr. Bojan Jovanoski Content Current status in Macedonia I Project : Business Start-up Centre II Project : CIRKO-MES CE

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positive macedonian experiences with foreign funded project

Positive Macedonian Experiences with foreign funded project

Cases of USAID and ADA

funded projects

Dr. Atanas Kocov

Dr. Radmil Polenakovik

Mr. Tasko Rizov

Mr. Bojan Jovanoski

  • Current status in Macedonia
  • I Project : Business Start-up Centre
  • II Project : CIRKO-MES CE
current status macedonia
Current status - Macedonia
  • Not developed National Innovation System
  • R&D investment for 2004 – 0.25 % of GDP
  • Business sector participation - < 6% !!!
  • Only 2 small, 21 medium and 31 large enterprises invested in R&D activities amounting to Euro 1.7 million (in 2003) and Euro 1.24 million (in 2004)
  • Low interest among SMEs for R&D activities
  • Low level of collaboration between “knowledge creators” and “knowledge users”
  • Problematic absorption capacity of Macedonian “knowledge users”
  • Only few bright examples of good practice
current status macedonia4
Current status - Macedonia
  • Lack of technology parks
  • Lack of hi-tech business start-up center
  • Low level of promotional activities related to increasing Science, Technology and Innovation awareness
  • Low level of entrepreneurial education and mentality
  • Lack of data and instruments to measure innovation trends and STI policies
  • Decreasing of capacities of R&D human resources (brain drain, etc.)
  • Low level of investment in R&D infrastructure
current status macedonia5
Current status - Macedonia

R&D investment as % of GDP

current status macedonia6
Current status - Macedonia

Structure of R&D expenditure by sectors for selected countries in 2000

current status macedonia7
Current status - Macedonia
  • Decreased government support for science and research projects
  • Direct links between Faculties and industry almost lost:
    • New established companies are small or medium enterprises and they are not aware for need of expertise from faculty members
    • Foreign companies bought best Macedonian capacities; new owners are oriented to bring know how from abroad
current status macedonia8
Current status - Macedonia
  • Ministry of education and science has major responsibility for activities related to R&D:
    • Co-financing developmental and innovation projects up to 30% of total amount of the project,
    • Co-financing of 45 scientific journals per year,
    • Co-financing of more than 200 scientific books per year,
    • Co-financing of more than 50 domestic scientific conferences,
    • Co-financing of participation of international conference, seminars, etc., of more than 500 scientific workers,
    • Co-financing of study visit of more than 100 young scientists abroad,
    • Financing of 294 research projects for 2003, and 186 projects for 2004
our experience with io
Our experience with IO
  • Austrian Development Agency
  • US Agency for International Development (eBIZ project)

University Ss Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Skopje

  • To serve as a creative incubator of innovative technology based and service oriented solutions
  • To improve entrepreneurial spirit among students, recent graduates and University staff
  • To provide entrepreneurial and small business management training
  • To assist students and recent graduates to start their own businesses
  • To increase students and recent graduates employability
Project Duration: 01/04/2006 - 31/03/2008
  • Project Total Costs:508.342,00 Euro
  • Target group:University students and young graduates (for phase I)
economic environment of the centre
Economic environment of the centre
  • Mainly engineering, but other knowledge based and service oriented ideas are also welcomed;
  • The centre is in phase of establishment and will get its new tenants in June 2007
  • to train
  • to found
  • to support
main outcomes
Main Outcomes
  • Established BSC
  • Trained 120 students
  • Founded 10 new companies
  • Increased awareness about self-employment
  • Developed on-line course for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management for all UKIM students
feel free to contact us
Feel free to contact us

University Ss Cyril and Methodius

Business Start-up Centre

Skopje, Macedonia





Center for Research, Development and Continuing EducationMechanical Engineering Systems Center of Excellence

Tashko Rizov

Project Manager, CIRKO MES CE



Part drawing,

tool’s design




CIRKO MES Center of Excellence



Tool Design

Production Design

NC Programing

3D Modeling training

3D Modeling

Technology definition*

Material data**

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

type of services offered
Type of services offered
  • Die design
  • Industrial design
  • Training (C++, JAVA, SolidWorks)
organized events 1 seminars conferences workshops trainings
Organized events (1)(seminars, conferences, workshops, trainings)
  • Advanced engineering technologies
    • for the Macedonian tool and die design shops
    • one day seminar with international participation
    • experts from Slovenia
    • September 23-24, 2005
  • 3D digitalization and 3D CAD model creation
    • 14 days training program in TECOS Celje, Slovenia
    • for 4 participants from CIRKO MES CE
  • Improvement of the marketing skills
    • of the Macedonian tool and die design shops
    • 7 days seminar with international experts from TECOS - Celje, Slovenia
    • University of Ljubljana and Austrian Cluster of Plasticity
    • October 23-29, 2005

Organized events (2)(seminars, conferences, workshops, trainings)

4. Solid CAM training

  • for practical experience for Macedonian tool and die design machine tool shops
  • Skopje-Ohrid
  • May 23-25, 2006

5. Conference on Clustering and Networking

  • Rogla, Slovenia, September 6-9, 2006
  • 4 participants sponsored by e-BIZ and CIRKO MES CE

6. Numerical Simulationas advanced engineering technologies for improvement of the competitiveness of the Macedonian tool and die design machine shops

  • Ohrid, Macedonia, July 6-8, 2006
mevnet macedonian engineering network
MEVnet –Macedonian Engineering network
  • MEVnet is designed for Macedonian SMEs from the field of mechanical engineering industry
    • Provider of organized and meaningful mechanical engineering communication
    • Resource center to disclose resources, organizations, research activity, educational initiatives and scientific events
    • Link between Macedonian SMEs and similar world wide networks
    • Advisor to members regarding specific professional issues in the field of activity

SCM- Pilot project sponsored by e-BIZ – USAID Project

  • Project Aim:
    • Maximize profitability of SMEs in Macedonia
    • Improve the competitiveness of SMEs in Macedonia
    • Technology transfer
    • Creating young professionals
  • Project Activities:
    • eSCM (Electronic Supply Chain Management)
      • sharing product description catalogue (over the Internet)
      • order status information
      • inventory data
      • demand projections
    • Organizing events
    • Workshops & Seminars
    • Education and training
    • Research and publications
    • Networking
    • Consultancy
  • Target Group:
    • Machine tool industry (in pilot phase)
    • SMEs in Macedonia

Technology Park - RITC Macedonia

Aim of the project is

  • To build »technological city«, which will create longterm conditions for development of creative class
  • To develop conditions for global entrance of the region in the field of technologies and competitivenss
  • Prepare background for inflow of technological companies in the region
  • To create knowledge (international university) and co-operative network based on strong development, research and education for the demands of Johnson Control Inc. and other investors in MKD










s tiger

Scientific and Technological Innovation

for Greater Economic Revitalization

Regional Conference

March 21-23, 2007 Skopje Macedonia

More info:




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