Innovation drives change and change makes progress.

In a globalised world, it is as important for a nation to be innovative and showcase its ability to drive progress as it is for individuals to. With this in mind, the UK Alumni Association of Montenegro (MAUK) had a vision of a special event with the chief purpose of encouraging more innovation in Montenegro. They planned to do this by making visible, under the Chevening name, the outstanding innovative projects, ideas, and research in different areas of Montenegrin social, cultural, and intellectual life. With financial support from the Chevening Alumni Programme Fund (CAPF), this vision became a reality last month.

MAUK who are innovators themselves, having delivered the first ever UK-Montenegro business forum, brought speakers from across the global Chevening network to talk about trends and changes that they felt would drive the future.

The aim of the forum was to present innovative recent projects, ideas, and research, which have reshaped other countries of the world in the fields of public policies, science, entrepreneurship, and culture.

Chevening alumnae Beatriz Mejia-Asserias, a Colombian diplomat, and Radhika Bhatnagar, an Indian journalist, gave masterclass sessions. These sessions focused on Colombia’s domestic and foreign policy innovations, the meaning of being a diplomat in the 21st century and how they forge new ties, and innovation in education for a peaceful and sustainable world.

Ms Zinaida Dedeić, who is working on biomedical research at the prestigious University of Oxford, as well as Ms Tamara Srzentić, who brought her experience in access to public administration and open government from California, attracted a lot of attention from attendees.

The purpose of this event was threefold: trying to present innovative recent projects/ideas/research that have reshaped Montenegro in the fields of public policies, science, entrepreneurship, and culture; to inspire people of all ages and social groups in Montenegrin society to create and innovate (particularly young adults); and to influence decision-makers to support and foster creative and innovative ideas and projects. It is expected that there will be more conferences in the future.

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