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Fostering Innovation in Higher Education and the Latest Latvian Initiative

Kovács, O. (2012): Fostering Innovation in Higher Education and the Latest Latvian Initiative. News of the Month, ICEG European Center, April 2012 pp. 4-10.

Latvia is still inviting applicants for the “Education Innovation Award 2012” which aims at promoting educators’ competitiveness in an era where knowledge creation and successful economic utilisation have become an ever more requested prerequisite of innovation driven economies. Albeit education system and the Academia can be portrayed as knowledge creator and transfer institutions; we argue that Eastern European member states are still coping with the heritage of the pre-transition education and academic system, undisputedly face path-dependency which to a certain extent hampers the evolvement of a healthy innovative milieu.