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Posted by Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D. on February 1, 2011
Education has been top of mind for me lately with my upcoming report scheduled to launch this week (stay tuned). So, as I looked through the notes and quotes from the meeting I was heartened to see that education was top of mind there as well. Education and education reform certainly peppered the program, part of sessions on everything from new realities and inclusive growth, to women and society, national innovation, the net generation, cancer, regional development, cloud economics , entrepreneurship, competitiveness, and the ageing workforce.
Some of the questions addressed – and to which education and investment in education in particular was often a solution – included:
Session synopses provide a glimpse into the discussions. In one session, entitled "National Innovation: An Oxymoron?," the discussion highlighted the role of education but noted the complexity of the issue:
In the end, successful initiatives will fit together the pieces of public policy, financing, education and entrepreneurship to complete a jigsaw puzzle that creates a coherent picture within the confines of a particular national culture.
There is much to be done to fit those pieces together. However, a global focus on education, and a regional and country-level acknowledgement of the power of education to drive innovation and competitiveness, will drive education investment – and investment in technology for education.
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