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MTCI – Training for the development of innovation systems

What is MTCI?

MTCI stands for the structured preparation and conveying of a harmonised knowledge basis for the development of innovations and innovation systems in emerging countries. The concept of the training instrument enables a consistent design. This embraces the introduction/arrangement of the theme, the objective, the specific process (approaches and methods of implementation) and the supervision and review (methods of further development and assessment). Research and development form the respective core elements of the innovations.

At whom is MTCI directed?

The priority target groups for the implementation of the training contents - depending on the module - are political representatives (implementation level), management and specialist personnel at the meso-level (agencies, innovation managers, consultants, businessmen, associations, chambers of commerce) and management and specialist personnel from institutions at the micro-level (consultants, managers and specialist personnel of companies, universities and research centres).

How does MTCI work?

As a rule, structures and elements are initiated for the development of the innovation landscape of a country by political decision-makers with foresight and vision. As soon as government officials or ministries demonstrate interest in the implementation of the modular MTCI approach, a joint design of the contents, taking into account national particularities and challenges, can begin.

MTCI consists of the methodological point of view of three essential elements:

  • Basic training for conveying of basic innovation policy knowledge (incl. practical examples, guidelines, presentation templates, etc.)
  • Practical training in innovation facilities (technology and new business centres, transfer agencies or clusters)
  • Support with implementation in the target country (as far as required)


The education and training are designed so that graduates are subsequently able to implement what they have learned and experienced in their own environment. To make this goal achievable, intensive preparation and implementation equipped with sufficient resources are necessary in addition to the core element of the training.

Why should MTCI be used?

Political decision-makers, third-party investors and consultation institutions called on for the implementation of innovation policy usually act individually and often without coordination. "In-house philosophies" are taught in the context of innovation, depending on the respective responsible institutions. With MTCI, a harmonised approach to training and promotion of the further development of national innovation systems can be realised, which, due to its modularity, sufficiently takes into account specific national circumstances and ensures a comparable procedure.

What are some example results of MTCI?

In the project "BTCpro - qualification of personnel for business technology centres as an element to assist Indonesia in creating its own national innovation system", the MTCI concept was able to demonstrate its practical suitability in 2011. The objective of the project was (and, with its implementation, since 2012 has been) the further development of the Indonesian innovation system, in particular through strengthening a sustainable culture of innovation in different regions of the country.

For the theoretical basis, the participants were trained in the MTCI modules:

  • Main elements and success factors of a national innovation system
  • Conditions to set up and to improve the impact of a national innovation system
  • Technology transfer – approaches, tools & actors
  • Practical innovation management
  • Entrepreneurship support
  • Cluster policy and clusters as a driver of innovation


and by means of practical exercises, were prepared for the adaptation of "good practice" from Germany to the Indonesian innovation landscape.

Learning not only from the best, but from those who are most suitable – this was the motto of the practical part of the training concept. The group was split up and distributed across five regions in Germany, in which various actors of the German innovation landscape organised a programme strongly focussed on practice. The experience and knowledge conveyed were prepared in such a way as to be applicable to the regionally very different characteristics of the Indonesian innovation system. Necessary adaptation steps and possible implementation methods were prepared.

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