21st Century Skills and How Can Technology Help with the Gap (2015 WEF Industry Agenda Report)

Three kinds of skills described in the report:

  1. Foundational skills  – how students apply core skills to everyday tasks
  2. Competencies – how students approach complex challenges
  3. Character qualities – how students approach their changing environments

Among other issues, the report also discusses how technology can help reduce the skills gap. Worth reading and referencing in the process of innovating curricula.

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Report Cites the Importance of R&D as Driving Force for New Industries and Jobs (from CHE)

As President Obama and lawmakers argued about the budget, a White House advisory panel (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) issued a 124-page report repeating the advice of spending more money on scientific research, and doing it more wisely, this time with another dose of urgency. One of the reasons for the US decline in R&D investments stated in the report is that traditional corporate research labs have dissappeard (not @ HP!).

“The United States “risks losing its leadership in invention and discovery—the driving force behind the creationg of new industries and jobs that have propelled the U.S. economy over the past century.”

The report addresses the two objectives of (1) enhancing long-range U.S. investment in basic and early-stage applied research and (2) reducing the barriers to the transformation of the results of that research into new products, in-dustries, and jobs.

In my view, I think the US would be more effecitve and efficient if R&D partnerships between universities, industry and government research labsmwould be supported, as other countries do. Increasing investments in universities only will not be enough.

CHE – Centrality of Research Nov 30 2012

US NSF Report on R&D Spending by Businesses in the US

Businesses in the United States are focusing a large portion of their research and development efforts on health and defense, according to a National Science Foundation (NSF) report released today. Of the $290.7 billion in total R&D that was performed by businesses in the United States in 2008, 40 percent was applied to health and medical areas ($76.1 billion) and defense areas ($41.5 billion). More than 86 percent of the health or medical R&D performed by businesses was paid for by the reporting companies themselves. However, the federal government funded most of the defense R&D performed by companies.

More at  http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=125240&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click