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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 07 October 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER 2017 9 NEWS FEATURE in the immediate future, we are discussing policies that have already been implemented on a small scale, and aim to control the outward flow of young scientists. We are fostering innovation and self-employment of higher education graduates and the employment of doctorate holders by higher education institutes so that they gain academic teaching experience and so on. It seems that, the implementation of a National Development Strategy 2021 requires structural changes, which in turn require time, etc. Quite a number of Greek scientists who live and work overseas do not wish to or cannot return to the country immediately. Therefore we must find a way to work with them while they are abroad, and create the appropriate conditions for the development of their business or research activities in Greece concurrently. It is for this reason that we have launched Knowledge Bridges. Let's not forget that over time Greeks have created diaspora networks which have safeguarded and strengthened national unity i.e. the Greek communities of Egypt, Middle East, London, and Australia. More than anything, we want this plat- form to be a networking world for Greeks, wherever they are. The success of the initiative doesn't only depend on us, but on all Greeks around the world! Through the initiative's website, someone can find partners, information about funding programmes and scholarships within Greece, they can help a Greek business to sell its products in the country where they live, they can assist friends who are selfemployed or are employed in a business in Greece to come into contact with businesses abroad, or even set up a business in Greece alone or jointly and act as a mentor/business angel to a start-up. Through the platform's cooperation/ partnerships sector the initiative acts as a bridge between young and/or renowned Greek scientists and professionals overseas and local Greeks. Greek scientists and professionals who work either overseas or within the country can register on the cooperation/partnership platform by filling in information about their field of science, professional or business background and their needs relating to employment in Greece and networking with other young scientists. In this way, we are creating a robust online community. Greek organisations can also register on the platform by completing details on their available job positions and opportunities for partnerships and networking with Greeks who live and work abroad. The main objective is to create links between valuable Greek personnel and Greece, ultimately to create new opportunities for everyone. Knowledge Bridges is a national initia- tive that I believe in. Benefits at personal, local and national levels can result from this initiative. Therefore I would like to invite the Greek diaspora to visit our website and support it. Their contribution will be invaluable, since Greece's national prosperity is not only a matter of collective responsibility, but it is also the result of everyone's effort and participation. For more information about the Knowledge Bridges Platform and details about registration to participate in the initiative, go to knowledgebridges.gr/en Secretary General for Strategic and Private Investments of the Greek Ministry of Economy & Development Dr Lois Labrianidis. For more on the National Development Strategy 2021 view chronos.fairead.net/labrianidis-EAS2021 Dr Lois Labrianidis is the Secretary General for Strategic and Private Investment of the Greek Ministry of Economy and Develop- ment. He is also a Professor at the University of Macedonia (Department of Economics) and Head of Regional Development and Policy Research Unit (RDPRU). He specialises in economic geography and regional development and has written many articles and books on brain drain. Maria Filio Tridimas is a sociologist with a strong interest in immigration policies, inclusion and migrant education. She has studied Human Rights, European Studies and International Relations and Educational Policy at the University of Warwick (UK) and University of Athens (Greece).
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