GAUSS Institute is a Foundation for New Technologies, Innovations, and Knowledge Transfer established on 15 August 2006 in Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia.
The aim of the establishment of the GAUSS Institute is through the development and application of new technologies, innovations and knowledge transfer to contribute toward the establishment of the knowledge society. in the region.
Knowledge society? Broadly speaking, the term Knowledge Society refers to any society where knowledge is the primary production resource instead of capital and labor. It may also refer to the use of certain information. The knowledge society “creates, shares and uses knowledge for the prosperity and well-being of its people”.
Creation of knowledge society using science and technology that is eco-friendly and sustainable in the long-term.
GAUSS Institute grows into a regional center of excellence in the field of sustainable and knowledge-based social development.
Because we sincerely believe that the prosperity of any society is possible only if the allocation of resources and knowledge is according to Gaussian* function, i.e. exists their normal distribution.
This means that the majority of the population should have enough knowledge and resources to organize their society sustainably. The extreme cases (positive or negative) do not make society.
Unfortunately, in the Republic of North Macedonia and wider on the Balkans region, the majority of the population currently has not enough (although it is very difficult to define what is “enough”) knowledge and resources to organize society on the sustainable, knowledge-based way.
By giving GAUSS prefix in the name of our foundation, we wanted to stress the importance of initiating changes in behavior and lifestyle of our society, which will lead toward the functioning of the society according to the Gaussian function.
Networking and Cooperation
Major donors for our projects are EU – Creative Europe Programme, EU – INTERREG Programme, EU – IPA Programme; NATO – Public Diplomacy Division, NATO Charity Bazar; US State Department; CEPF – Critical Environmental Partnership Fund; Swedish Institute; SPARK – Amsterdam; Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Ministry of Culture, and Ministry of Local Self Government of the Republic of North Macedonia.
GAUSS Institute had cooperated (through joint realization of projects) with about 20 international public or private organizations and universities from Germany (M2C Institute – Bremen, University of Applied Sciences – Bremen, University of Applied Sciences – Dusseldorf), Sweden (Kristianstad Univesity), Finland (Metropolia University Helsinki), Denmark (Warehouse 9), Norway (University of Oslo), Poland (Gdansk City Galery), Greece, Bulgaria (Technical University – Sofia, ARC Fund – Sofia, HRDA – Ruse), Cyprus (Limassol Chamber of Commerce), Croatia (Museum of Broken Relationships – Zagreb), Serbia, Albania (Center for Competitiveness Promotion – Tirana, Nehemia Foundation – Podgradec), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Ekopot – Tuzla)… With others more than 20 partners, we had applied with joint project proposals that were not funded and wa it for some next opportunity.
In the Republic of North Macedonia, we had cooperated (through subcontracting or joint realization of projects) with Municipality Bitola, Municipality Novaci, Municipality Resen, Center for Development of Pelagonia Region – Bitola, NI Museum – Bitola, PE Komunalec – Bitola, PE Komunalna Higiena – Novaci, PE for Urban Planning and Engineering – Bitola, Macedonian Science Society – Bitola, Business Startup Center – Bitola,
GAUSS Institute is a member of International Think Tank for Research and Development Think BETA – Evolution of Smart Cities! This Think Tank is led by the M2C Institute – Bremen, Germany.
The GAUSS Institute is managed by a board of seven members and director – highly qualified professionals. Management of the foundation is organized on the voluntary basis of the professionals who through engagement in the GAUSS Institute want to support the knowledge-based sustainable development of the region and share their expertise and knowledge.
Board of GAUSS Institute:
- Prof. Igor Nedelkovski, PhD, President, Professor at St. Kliment Ohridski University – Bitola
- Elena Kotevska, PhD, Vice-President, Associate Professor at St. Kliment Ohridski University – Bitola.
- Suzana Trajkovska-Kocankovska, PhD, Member, Director of the Foundation Sizigija – Skopje.
- Irena Ruzhin, PhD, Member, Manager at NI Museum – Bitola.
- Vesela Bogdanovikj, Member, Educator.
- Jove Pargovski, MSc, Member, Graphics Artist
- Vladimir Drakalski, MSc, Member, Freelance Web Developer.
Director of GAUSS Institute:
- Beti Angjelevska, PhD, Associate Professor at St. Kliment Ohridski University – Bitola
The staff is composed of full-time or part-time project managers, and administrators (technical, administrative, financial, IT…).
Professional duties are outsourced to external experts (local and international). Local experts are mainly hired from academic staff as well as graduate students of the University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola, but also among other prominent business persons, consultants, artists, technicians, etc. from the region. Established close cooperation with a wide pool of experts ensures a high potential of our foundation for realizing high-quality projects from a broad range of areas. On our projects, we had cooperated with more than 50 experts until now.