The Most Innovative Universities (according to the US News)

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In spring 2015, U.S. News asked top college officials to identify institutions in their Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities. I am glad to see most of them are engineering schools! Review the list here.

US Losing R&D Edge (2015 MIT Study)

MIT authors warn government is spending ever-smaller share of budget on basic research. “Though the U.S. leads the world in total R&D outlays, Europe and Asia have been raising their government investment. The Battelle Memorial Institute, a basic-research lab, and R&D Magazine estimated in 2013 that China would spend more than $600 billion annually on R&D by the early 2020s, making it the world’s biggest such investor. The same report estimated that U.S. R&D spending would total $465 billion, or 2.8% of gross domestic product, in 2014. For China, spending was pegged at $284 billion, or 2% of GDP.”

Read the WSJ article here. Download the MIT report hereThe U.S. spent 9.1% of the federal government’s annual budget on R&D in 1968. Today the percentage has shrunk to 3.6%.

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

Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science

Making classes more interactive and fun… And teaching teachers how to teach. What would take for all of higher education to do this? Read UC Davis’s approach in this NY Times article here. At UPRM we’ve been doing this for years – no wonder so many companies come to recruit our graduates.