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.”
A knowledge society is an innovative and life-long learning society, which possesses a community of scholars, researchers, engineers, technicians, research networks, and firms engaged in research and the production of high-technology goods and service provision. It forms a national innovation-production system, which is integrated into international networks of knowledge production, diffusion, utilization, and protection. Its communication and information technology tools make vast amounts of human knowledge easily accessible. Knowledge is used to empower and enrich people culturally and materially, and to build an eco-friendly sustainable society.
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..That 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 the core of society
Unfortunately, in the Republic of North Macedonia and wider on the Balkans region, as well as in many other regions in the world, the majority of the population currently has not enough (although it is challenging to define what is “enough”) knowledge and resources to organize society on a sustainable, knowledge-based way. The societies function according to the power distribution curve.
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.
Who was Gauss?
Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777 – 1855) was a mathematician and scientist who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, electrostatics, astronomy, and optics. He formulated normal distribution with a mathematical function which is called Gaussian Function. Gauss was an ardent perfectionist and a hard worker. He was never a prolific writer, refusing to publish works that he did not consider complete and above criticism.
His motto was: Pauca sed matura (Few, but ripe).
GAUSS Institute is managed by a board of seven members and a director. 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.
Members of the Board:
- Prof. Dr. Igor Nedelkovski, president and co-founder, vice-rector for science of University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola and professor at Faculty of ICT, University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola.
- Dr. Elena Kotevska, vice-president and co-founder, associate professor at Faculty of Technical Sciences, University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola.
- Dr. Suzana Trajkovska Kochankovska, member, an expert in entrepreneurship, founder of Foundation SIZIGIJA – Skopje.
- Dr. Irena Ruzhin, member, an expert in marketing, program manager at NI Museum – Bitola.
- Dr. Renata Petrevska Nechkoska, member, an expert in management, assistant professor at Faculty of Economy, University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola.
- Vesela Bogdanovikj, member, an expert in education, Varkey Teacher Ambassador.
- Jove Pargovski, MSc, member, an expert in creative industries, graphic designer at NI Museum – Bitola.
- Beti Angjelevska, associate professor at Faculty of Technical Sciences, University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola.
The staff is composed of full-time or part-time project managers and administrators (technical, administrative, financial, IT…).
- Vesna Nedelkovska, MSc, project manager/ administrator
- Viktor Cvetanov, IT manager/ administrator
- Filip Cvetanov, IT developer
- Anica Georgievska, financial administrator.
Professional duties are outsourced to experts (local and international). Local experts are mainly hired from academic staff as well as graduate students (current or ex) of the University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola. Established close cooperation with a public university, as well as with other regional and national institutions, ensures a high potential of our foundation for implementing high-quality projects from a broad range of areas.
GAUSS Institute has access and had cooperated with ~ 80 local and international experts from different areas.