During the OECD Meeting held in South Korea’s Daejeon, Dr. Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation discussed with Japan’s newly appointed Minister of State for Science & Technology Policy, Ms. Aiko Shimajiri, Japan’s 5th S&T Basic Plan. The focus of the new basic plan (under preparation) is to enhance the framework conditions for innovation, to enhance flows between different actors, and to expand international cooperation and researchers’ mobility.
Minister Shimajiri was inquiring why despite it’s small size Switzerland has become the world’s most innovative country. Switzerland’s State Secretary emphasized next to the top-ranked universities also Switzerland’s dual-track education system as key factors towards a successful and innovative industry. Dr. Dell Ambrogio further mentioned the international connectedness, expressing the wish to further deepen the exchange with Japan, which is already now Switzerland’s most important research partner in Asia.
On Swiss side, State Secretary Dell’Ambrogio was accompanied by the head of the S&T Office Seoul, Mr. Christian Schneider, who also perfectly organized all the logistics related to the OECD meetings.