Universities are poised for economic innovation

USA“Ireland’s universities and technology institutes have played a key role in propelling its economic growth. As countries in Eastern Europe and Asia with lower wage scales have improved their educational systems, foreign investment and new jobs have followed. This competition for new opportunities is unlikely to abate; if anything, it will get tougher, as parts of the developing world make heavy investments in higher education and English becomes the prevailing second language. How should Ireland’s research university system change to become a bigger contributor to an innovation economy? Three key attributes of the successful US research universities stand out: emphasising and concentrating excellence, attracting the best talent, and fostering creativity …” (more)

[John Hennessy, Independent, 1 April]

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