This sub-project is part of the INTERREG IVC Mini-Programme “Brain-Flow” addressing the phenomenon of brain drain and brain gain in border regions. “Brain Flow” creates a platform for the exchange of experience and knowledge transfer amongst regional actors representing eight partner from seven different countries. “Brain Flow” is carried out on two levels: the strategic mini-programme level and the operational level of the sub-projects.
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At a time where innovation and knowledge are at the heart of economic development and prosperity, human capital in the form of highly qualified labour is an essential resource. Better skill levels are needed to stimulate innovation in both private and public sector, and are also vital for other community interests, for instance by securing regional buying power. Many regions in Europe have problems in retaining or attracting this type of labour.
The BUTTON project assists stakeholders in border-regions to offer the right incentives to retain and attract highly qualified workers. In close cooperation with all stakeholders involved, it will develop a toolkit for regional authorities.
From January 1st 2011 to December 31st 2012, partners in six regions in Europe will carry out a programme of research, and knowledge building, involving many stakeholders and comparing between the regions. The partners involved in BUTTON are: Radboud University Nijmegen (NL, Lead Partner), Twente University (NL),