There is an increasing demand for professionals who possess the special qualifications needed for the competent management of a cluster initiative or a programme. In order to cover this need, various courses are offered around the world. TCI is pleased to present a selection of it.

CLUSTER ACADEMY 2019 by Business Upper Austria

Linz, Austria, 5-8 November, 2019. Тhe CLUSTER ACADEMY 2019 is organized by TCI member Business Upper Austria and will take place on November 8-5 in Linz. It will give the opportunity to practioners to keep on developing in the area of innovative eco systems and local best practices that could be later applied and adapted to regional specifics. It will help the participants to feel like a start up and pitche ideas. Registration is now open with deadline September 1.


Summer School 2019 for Regional Competitiveness and Stronger Cluster-Based Economic Policies by European Foundation for Cluster Excellence.

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 17-21 June 2019. The wonderful city of Barcelona will host again the Competitiveness Summer School. Set-up by the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence and hosted by IESE Business School, this edition focuses on learning about competitiveness Economics, Implementation Management, Strategy Foundations for Cluster Management, Digital Transformation etc. This year's special - Blue Economy. A case study of high value nautical tourism cluster.


International Cluster Course by Quercus Group

Copenhagen, Denmark, 26-27 October 2017. Quercus Group and Oxford Research have teamed up - for a second year in a row - to organize the international cluster course. The course will cover cluster analysis, stakeholder management & partnerships, Cluster services & activities, cluster economy and financial models, cluster leadership & organization, SME growth & internationalization and so forth.


The Cluster as a Brand – the Master Class

Brussels, Belgium, 26-27 April 2017. The purpose of this Master Class is to provide the participants with knowledge on and inspiration for how cluster managers and investment promotion professionals can work with strategies and tools for cluster marketing and branding in order to create recognition and attractiveness for the cluster and its firms.


Mesopartner Summer Academy 2017

Berlin, Germany, 3 - 7 July 2017. At the Summer Academy, the specific emphasis will be on emergence and adaptation of meso organisations and their central role in the Territorial Economic Development process. These organisations aim to promote the private sector, address persistent market underperformance, and promote territorial and sectoral competitiveness.


International Cluster Course

Copenhagen, Denmark, 26-27 October 2017. The course is organized by Quercus Group and Oxford Research, and will focus on practical tools and knowledge in different aspects of a cluster such as cluster leadership &organization, SME growth & internationalization, cluster economy & financial models and so forth.


Master in Competitiveness and Innovation

TCI member Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness is working closely with Deusto Business School in running their Masters Degree in Competitiveness and Innovation, led by TCI Board member James Wilson. The Masters is a full-time one-year academic course, starting in September. It is taught in English in Donostia-San Sebastian (Basque Country-Spain).


Microeconomics of Competitiveness, MOC

In 2002, the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) course was created by Professor Michael Porter and colleagues at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. The MOC course explores the determinants of competitiveness and successful economic development viewed from a bottom-up, microeconomic perspective. The course is offered at Harvard as well as at more than 100 partner universities around the globe.


Training the trainers: The European Foundation for Cluster Excellence

The European Foundation for Cluster Excellence offers training programmes: The Essence of Cluster Excellence Management and Gold Cluster Excellence Manager. With the support of the European Commission, these programmes address the need for a more streamlined training format in addressing the training needs of cluster managers. Both programmes push for further creativity, innovation and growth in economic clusters.


Custom training programs

Cluster Development capitalizes on its extensive field-based experience to develop a system of online and offline training to provide cluster managers and cluster policy makers with the tools to enhance competitiveness of cluster companies, as well as strengthening the governance and operation of cluster organizations and main cluster stakeholders. In other words, setting the bases to define high impact services and projects for companies to reinforce their competitive position in the business. 


German-French master’s program in Management of Clusters and Regional Networks

The University of Applied Science Kehl and the University of Strasbourg have implemented this joint master, where students are taught modern communication techniques as well as the basics of conflict management and intercultural management. The master also focuses on the topics of business and competitive intelligence, project, personnel and innovation management, marketing, public relations and European administrative cultures.


Disclaimer: TCI does not endorse any specific methodology or training. Our aim is to give visibility and showcase the activities carried out by international cluster practitioners.