When Innovation is NOT Enough (WSJ)

“Being an innovation leader doesn’t arise from  (just) having a national industrial policy. Government does play a catalytic role in funding basic research, but the country (referring to the US) also provides a flexible labor market and skilled workforce, unobtrusive business regulation, strong property rights, efficient capital markets and a large domestic market with many early adopter consumers.”

People, well trained people, are THE fundamental rock for innovation for economic and social well being. Read the full Wall Street Journal article

Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition & Productivity

This McKinsey Global Institute report is a must read. NEU (www.neu.me) is currently developing a Master of Engineering in Big Data to address the need for engineering talent with competencies in big data management, analysis, visualization and data-driven decision making. Anyone needs more info, please contact me. We have scholarships for our first students and we are looking for full-time and part-time faculty.


US Falling Further Behind in R&D Funding

scientists in research labFrom the ITIF e-newsletter – a Dec 2012 report by Battelle states that while the US and Europe will decrease R&D spending, global spending is forecast to grow by 3.7%, or $53.7 billion in 2013 to $1.496 trillion. The largest share of this increase, $22.9 billion, is expected to come from China, which continues its decade-long annual double digit increases in R&D investments. Through its Innovation 2020 strategy, China plans to invest $1.5 trillion over the next seven years on seven “strategic emerging industries,” namely: energy efficiency and environmental protection technologies; next generation information technology; biotechnology; high-end equipment manufacturing; new energy; new materials and alternative fuel vehicles.

Worth reviewing:


The Tight Link between Economic Prosperity and Educational Achievement

A Matter of Degrees – this Miliken study arrives at a perfect time… It demonstrates a clear link between a region’s economic prosperity and the educational achievement of its workforce (US data). The study aims is to demonstrate to policymakers the importance of investing in education and for students, educators and employers to use their webtool to plan career paths, transform curriculum, and locate pools of talent.

Five key recommendations are made:

  1. Make higher education more affordable.
  2. Make higher education more accessible.
  3. Increase higher education graduation rates.
  4. Strengthen coordination between higher education institutions and industries.
  5. Promote research and development.

Worth all the time that takes reading the report and browsing the report’s webpage and tools.


Education to Employment (a must see McKinsey video)

A MUST see for higher education leaders.

Young people today are three times as likely as their parents to be out of work. Yet many employers can’t find people with the right entry-level skills to fill their jobs. How to close the gap? In this video, McKinsey directors Diana Farrell and Mona Mourshed share insights from their research with 8,000 stakeholders.  It also profiles two innovative organizations—one in India and one in the United States—that are pioneering new approaches to successfully transition greater numbers of students from education into employment.

Download the video from this URL: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12420365/Videos/Education%20to%20employment%20%20%20McKinsey%20%20%20Company.rv

Outsourcing Trends (from The Economist)

This The Economist article http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21569739-outsourcing-jobs-faraway-places-wane-will-not-solve-wests?fsrc=nlw%7Chig%7C1-17-2013%7C4637731%7C38085276%7CNA describes the slow in tendency of outsourcing jobs and the role the right skills and competencies play. It is a very competitive landscape.

 “The shift of jobs back to developed countries is an encouraging sign that the flow of jobs need not be one-way. But only if governments and people in prosperous places invest heavily in building up skills will the workforces there properly benefit.”