Issues related to English language education programmes, Top 500 Innovators Programme and support for science and business sectors were the main topics discussed by the Minister of Regional Development Elżbieta Bieńkowska and the U.S. Ambassador to Poland, Stephen Mulla.
- Knowledge of foreign languages is one of the key skills in building a knowledge-based economy - argued Minister Bieńkowska at the meeting held on 5 August 2013. She pointed out that English-language educational projects financed under the Human Capital Operational Programme contribute to supporting innovation in the Polish economy. She also stressed the importance of language learning in higher education, necessary to increase academic mobility and the openness of Polish universities to foreign students.
Technology transfer, research management and commercialization of research results were addressed during the meeting. Top 500 Innovators Programme, supporting the development of ties between science and economy, was discussed. Minister Bieńkowska also referred to the future EU financial perspective, in which support for modern technology shall translate directly into economic development.
The purpose of the Top 500 Innovators Programme financed from the funds of the Human Capital Operational Programme is to upgrade the skills of scientists and the staff of technology transfer centres in the areas of economic cooperation, research management and commercialization of research results. Its participants join a two-month training and internship programme at the world’s best universities, including Stanford University and the University of California in Berkeley. By 2015, 500 people are to participate in internships and training programmes abroad.