One of the most frequent obstacles is the lack of human resources to participate in different types of research projects in the country. Attracting and retaining highly skilled researchers may help to bring new expertise and skills and also to create and maintain research and business relationships. Promoting international mobility of researchers is for the host institution and inevitable part of maintaining them later in the country which may result in overcoming labour shortages and boosting entrepreneurship in knowledge-based sectors in the host country.
Increased enrollment and retention
|Categories||Profesional & Academic Development|
|Mobility stages||Institutional setup|
|Importance||Essential to have|
|Scale of organizational change|
|Target groups||R2 - R4 researchers Lecturers (incl. Language Teachers)|
|Types of contracts of researchers||Visiting scholar Employee in training (interns, research fellows, postdocs)|
|Career stages of researchers||3-10 years of experience 10-15 years of experience More than 15 years of experience|
|Lengths of stays of researchers||3-6 months 6-12 months More than 12 months|
As a starting point, it should be remembered that the overall attractiveness of a national public research system is crucially determined by the level of excellence and quality of research activities, infrastructure and working conditions for researchers (including career paths, degree of research freedom, access to funding, social security provisions, pension rights, etc.). Mobility schemes are intended in the long-run to enhance this overall attractiveness, but their chances of success are greatly dependent on existing levels of attractiveness. Thus, the primary goal for governments willing to raise the level of researcher mobility is to act upon the system as a whole to reinforce its effectiveness and attractiveness
When thinking about retaining the foreign talents you should consider the following factors:
However, it is important to highlight, that obtaining money for research is determined, above all, by the way in which governments go about retaining their own scientists and attracting researchers from abroad.
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When retaining the foreign talents, get inspired by the following advices:
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University of Copenhagen - summer courses as a recruitment tool; university offers summer courses for international researchers, the courses are important for inspiring researchers to engage with a given field of research, this university has teamed up with pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk to set up the Novo Nordisk International Talent Program, a scholarship programme supporting student mobility between UCPH and partner universities in the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), as well as Harvard University.
MoRePro Programme is a mobility and reintegration programme of the Slovak Academy of Sciences that intends to attract top domestic and foreign scientists to the SAS institutes. On the one hand, there is an effort to provide them with adequate and motivating conditions for their scientific work, on the other hand, these scientists are expected to improve the research environment and scientific outputs. The SAS is thus seeking to attract future leaders to competitively develop research topics in an international context.