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Research and development funding in the

Republic of Moldova
Knowledge transfer, establishment of application-oriented skill centers
and creation of high-quality jobs in the Republic of Moldova in
cooperation with IAW and German businesses

IAW Internationale Akademie fr Aus- und Weiterbildung


(International Academy for Education and Professional Training),
non-profit institution
Walter Erchinger, Dipl.-Volkswirt, Dipl.-Wirtschaftsing. FH, (equiv. to M.A. in Economics and
Industrial Engineering)
Ob der Wanne 19, D-78086 Brigachtal,
E-mail: kontakt@iaw-germany.de
Phone: +497721 9178 30, +491729727970 +49172 9727970, fax:9178-38
Stuttgart/Brigachtal July 2013
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Contents
A) Goal ...................................................................................................................... 3
B) Conceptual design .............................................................................................. 3
1. Initial situation ................................................................................................... 3
2. Project implementation ..................................................................................... 3
C) Quality assurance ............................................................................................... 4
1. Choosing trainees ............................................................................................. 4
2. Quality assurance for the provision of engineering services ............................. 4
E) Organization and responsibilities ..................................................................... 4
F) Funding ................................................................................................................ 5
1. Previous funding ............................................................................................... 5
2. Future funding and financial requirements ........................................................ 5
G) Timeline ............................................................................................................... 5
H) Project status ...................................................................................................... 6
1. Goethe Institute in Chisinau and IAW ............................................................... 6
2. Employment agency and immigration office in Germany .................................. 6
3. Fiscal authority.................................................................................................. 6
4. Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK)....................................................... 6
I) People in charge of the project ........................................................................... 6
J) Participants, consultants and sponsors ........................................................... 6

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A) Goal
The goal of this project is to establish application-oriented skill centers (know-howcluster) at Moldovan universities and to create high quality jobs at these skill centers
in the Republic of Moldova.
Later, engineers and scientists in Moldova will help to outsource these skill centers to
the private sector.
B) Conceptual design
1. Initial situation
Increasing the Moldovan GDP exclusively with programs in the low-wage pre-product
processing industry is not a very promising strategy for the future, because usually
this type of jobs is very short-lived due to cheaper alternatives emerging on the
global labor market.
Compared to high quality engineering jobs, low-wage jobs contribute only marginally
to GDP growth. Wages for these types of jobs are even lower in Asia. That is why
low-wage jobs cannot fundamentally change Moldova's economic situation in the
long run.
Our project thus aims at encouraging and fostering the qualified workforce's own
initiative now and in the future, and creating incentives for them to stay in the country.
Establishing technology-oriented SMEs generates additional spending power both in
the capital and the consumer goods sector. The resulting multiplier effect generates
an impetus for growth and employment gains, an additional need for qualified
workers as well as additional income across all social strata.

2. Project implementation
Graduates from the engineering, natural science, and math departments at Moldovan
universities work as trainees at German businesses for 6 to 12 months. The German
partner company determines the traineeship's length. It depends on the difficulty of
the field of activity and the trainee's previous knowledge.
The German companies give them the expertise they need to independently process
orders/ follow-up orders for the company they trained with once they're back in
Moldova.
Upon their return to the skill centers in Moldova, the trainees receive financial support
and resources such as hardware, software, licenses, etc.

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C) Quality assurance
1. Choosing trainees
In the course of the application process for a job in Germany, each trainee must take
an oral or written aptitude test.
The extent and content of the test is to be determined by the German partner
companies in cooperation with IAW.
2. Quality assurance for the provision of engineering services
Professors at the engineering departments in Moldova take care of quality assurance
and verification according to the German partners' standards.

D) Project handling
This project is carried out by IAW (International Academy for Education and
Professional Training). IAW is a non-profit association.

E) Organization and responsibilities


1. Organization in Germany, liaison body to German companies and
coordination in Germany
Walter Erchinger, Dipl.-Volkswirt, Dipl.-Wirtschaftsing. FH (equiv. to M.A. in
Economics and Industrial Engineering)
Karl-Heinz Boos, Diplom-Ingenieur FH (equiv. to M.A. in Engineering) and deputy
Galina Stserbakova, Magistra M.A. in Sociology and Political Science, University
of Stuttgart
2. Mentoring and housing of trainees in Germany
Galina Stserbakova, Magistra M.A. in Sociology and Political Science, University
of Stuttgart, as well as other IAW staff
3. Contract processing (Conclusion of contracts with German companies and
contractors in Moldova)
Dr. Eberhard Goll, lawyer
4. Organization in the Republic of Moldova
IAW staff
Professors at universities in Chisinau
5. Quality assurance and aptitude test
IAW staff
Professors at universities in Chisinau

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6. Editing, translations
Renate Zipfel
Alexandro Vlasenco
Berthold Seliger, Dipl. Ing. FH (equiv. to M.A. in Engineering)
7. Finances
Kurt Glkler
8. Cash auditing
External cash auditors

F) Funding
1. Previous funding
So far the costs, material expenses and services (visiting the Republic of Moldova
and German companies, translations, assessing Moldovan partners, selecting
universities, choosing suitable language courses in the Republic of Moldova,
inquiries at Moldovan authorities, requesting computers and software for Chisinau
from German authorities, establishing a project expos, etc.) were funded by
donations (both monetary and non-monetary) and by contributions of those involved
in the project.

2. Future funding and financial requirements


Long-term funding is guaranteed by

Subsidies of public institutions.

The aid project's funds from donations, subsidies and project profits are
exclusively used for traineeships in Germany and for the creation of new jobs
as well as for fostering education and professional training in the Republic of
Moldova. There are no gifted programs.

After a few years, the project should finance itself.

G) Timeline
The trainees' aptitude tests should be carried out at Moldova State University in
Chisinau in June 2013.
The first trainees could start working at German companies at the end of September
2013.

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H) Project status
3. Companies in Germany
Well-known companies in Germany have already announced their willingness to take
part in this program and to take on trainees.
1. Goethe Institute in Chisinau and IAW
The Goethe Institute agreed to cooperate and offers specific German courses for
engineers and natural scientists. The body responsible for the project, IAW, also
offers courses in Moldova - language courses and courses to prepare the trainees for
their jobs at German companies.
2. Employment agency and immigration office in Germany
The procedure to receive entry, residence and work permits was agreed upon with
the immigration office and the employment agency in Germany. Entry and residence
permits will be granted and issued by the German Embassy in Moldova.
3. Fiscal authority
The fiscal authority of Villingen-Schwenningen attested IAW's (body responsible for
the project) non-profit status (tax number: 22101/64098), SG: 02/01).
4. Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK)
The Chamber of Industry and Commerce Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg supports the
project.

I) People in charge of the project


This conceptual design was developed by:
Walter Erchinger, Dipl.-Volkswirt, Dipl.-Wirtschaftsing. FH, (equiv. to M.A. in
Economics and Industrial Engineering), Ob der Wanne 19
D-78086 Brigachtal, E-mail: kontakt@iaw-germany.de, phone: +497721 9178-30,
+49172 9727970, fax: 9178-38

J) Participants, consultants and sponsors

Karl-Heinz Boos, Diplom-Ingenieur FH (equiv. to M.A. in Engineering)


Christoph Glogowski, Dipl. Ing. (Equiv. to M.A. in engineering)
Alexandro Vlasenco, Dipl. Betriebswirt, (graduate in Business Administration)
Lutz Kalkofen, legal adviser
Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Frick, chemist
Dr. rer. nat Reinhold Walz, physicist
Rene Spengler, CEO of ICG Schaffhausen, Switzerland
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Dieter Beck, Dipl.-Ing. FH (equiv. to M.A. in Engineering)


Inge Beck, Dipl.-Psychologin (equiv. to M.A. in Psychology)
Gerda Schwemmer, CEO of Invest Holding
Rolf Salzer, CEO of Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademie Stuttgart
Christoph Wendel, Dipl.-Ing. (equiv. to M.A. in Engineering)
Stephan Krohn, MD candidate
Clarissa Erchinger, MD candidate
Claudia Erchinger, management assistant in event organization
David Stoll, commercial administrator
Dr. Eberhard Goll, lawyer
Volkmar Weber, Dipl.-Ing. (equiv. to M.A. in Engineering) former mayor
Oliver Schrder, Studienrat (tenured teacher)
Ruth Erchinger, tax consultant
Hans-Jrgen Gtz, Dipl.-Ing (equiv. to M.A. in Engineering), computer scientist
Kurt Glkler
Veronika Schwanz, legal adivser
Renate Zipfel
Berthold Seliger, Dipl. Ing. FH (equiv. to M.A. in Engineering)
Anna Schwanz
Christa Erchinger teacher
Christoph Schler teacher
M. Mller Dipl.-Ing. (equiv. to M.A. in Engineering)
Dr. Weiss Dipl.-Kaufmann (equiv. to MBA)

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