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:

 innovationfiles.org-US_is_Falling_Further_Behind_in_Research_and_Development_Funding

SEFI Prize for a PhD Theses

Francoise Come has shared this important European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)  competition for thesis at PhD level. The aim of the competition is to stimulate and reward initiatives that lead to improvements in Engineering Education.

For more details (deadline, prize, criteria) please visit

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/SEFI-Prize-PHD-Thesis-in-2731464.S.219012680?view=&gid=2731464&type=member&item=219012680&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_nd-lk-cn

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.

www.matterofdegrees.net