Community events, projects for entrepreneurs, educational programs in the field of IT – are just some of the initiatives that will be hosted by the future EU4Innovation Centre in Cahul city. It will be built on the territory of „Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu” State University and is about to open its doors in 2022. The centre will be created with the financial assistance of the European Union in partnership with Sweden, within the project „EU4Moldova: Startup City Cahul” implemented by ATIC. With its launch, it will significantly increase the prospects and opportunities for employment in IT or related fields, continuous training of non-IT professionals and specialists, as well as the possibilities for launching and developing new IT businesses in the Cahul region.
Nicolae Dandis, the Mayor of Cahul city: “The creation of EU4Innovation Centre will give impetus and added value to the intellectual potential of Cahul locality. The geographical location of this centre opens numerous opportunities for cross-border cooperation, with partners from Romania and Ukraine. I believe that the EU4Innovation Centre project will provide learning and growth opportunities for the future workforce, which will lead to a new wave of innovation in the region and in the country. ”
Through the development of the ICT Centre of Excellence, the project aims to increase the attractiveness of the Cahul region, the economic development through innovations and creating more opportunities for the inhabitants of Cahul district. It also aims to increase the pay level in the coming years (average salary in the region) by at least 15%, as well as to rise the local IT sector, which should represent at least 5% of the national one in the next 3 years.
„EU4Innovation Centre” is one of the main achievements of the project „EU4Moldova: Startup City Cahul”. The initiative addresses the sustainable socio-economic development of Cahul municipality and neighbouring localities, which complements the regional coverage of development assistance provided by the European Union to the Republic of Moldova. The project mainly supports economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, employment for small and medium-sized enterprises outside the capital, as well as offers study opportunities to young people, women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).