Learning from the experience of South Korea’s rapid economic growth, STI policy and system, I gained the following skills which guide my daily work in light of formulating and managing Rwanda’s STI policies: a) STI Policy should be focusing on targeted and clear goals, b) both academia and private sector need to be involved in the process of making science and technology policies.

Now that I am a member of the technical team which is working on the revision of the Rwanda National STI Policy, I have been applying the acquired skills from TAP to ensure that our revised National STI Policy will be more focused to national development agenda.

Besides, I learned from the Korean experience on taking advantage of the results of Research and Development that are already available for fast economic development “Late comer’s advantages”. Since 2011 I have been using this principle of “late comer’s advantages” to encourage Rwandan young researchers and entrepreneurs to engage more on innovation. This has helped me to successfully manage the Rwanda Innovation Endowment Fund which (RIEF) which was established 2013 by Rwanda through the Ministry of Education to support promising innovation projects.

From the history of South Korea I understood that for STI to change the country, citizens need to be more patriotic and committed to national development. Since 2011, I have been applying this principle in my daily work to ensure that I make a positive change to my country.

I liked way the training was organized; there was a good mixture of lectures and field visits. The only thing which I found missing was the extra training curriculum program provisions such as leisure. “I could not find a place and a ball to play soccer for example….” This is minor but very relevant as TAP takes many days, participants should have individual or collective ways of relaxing doing sports such as gym, soccer etc.