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The Knowledge Economy takes another big step forward with Smart Manufacturing.

President Obama recently announced that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy. The winning coalition, headquartered in Los Angeles, California brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and non-profits—hailing from more than thirty states—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing.

White House Fact Sheet

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Jo Johnson MP, the minister for universities and science, said: “Our membership of the EU plays a big part in supporting our success as a knowledge economy, not only in terms of funding, but also in terms of valuable academic collaborations and access to shared research facilities.

“Britain is an innovation powerhouse and we must do everything we can to maintain that position. As this new data shows, the EU helps to facilitate ground-breaking research, create jobs and strengthen our position as a global innovation leader.” Rest

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Many women entrepreneurs in Europe are careful in taking risks. They are reluctant to display the ‘boldness’ of their male competitors. Another interesting phenomenon is that women entrepreneurs in industrialized countries are more likely to be part-time entrepreneurs than men are. In the Netherlands for example, that is two in three women entrepreneurs.

Of course, if this is a personal, deliberate choice, it is absolutely fine. But women should never let social norms, modesty and lack of self-confidence stand in their way!

In reality, there is no need for self-doubt.

The level of education of Dutch women entrepreneurs is actually higher than that of men entrepreneurs. It is also higher than the average in the European Union. If our knowledge economy was a vehicle, a woman would be in the driver’s seat!

So my message to them is: rev up the engine. You can do it! Believe in yourself and in your business! Rest

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INCREASED EMPLOYABILITY AND IMPROVED TEACHING WILL PROVIDE A BOOST TO THE BRITISH ECONOMY AND HELP BUSINESSES PUSH THEMSELVES TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Jermaine Haughton

Employers may in future have access to better prepared graduates, as the government’s new plans, announced in today’s Queen’s speech, propose incentivising universities to boost students’ employability skills, as well as allowing private organisations to award their own degrees.

Improvements in teaching quality are at the heart of the proposals. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), introduced by this Conservative government, will monitor and assess different aspects of university teaching, including student experience and the job prospects of graduates. Rest

For further information, click here to access the Department for Business Innovation & Skills white paper.

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SC: FOCUS: What the heck is DIG SOUTH?

logo_digsouthred_largeDigital economy jobs pay much higher average wages than manufacturing and service industry jobs. It follows that if we want to earn competitive wages in the global marketplace and be able to do so from the South, and if we want that capital to largely remain in the region, we must focus on creating, incubating and attracting knowledge economy companies to headquarter here. It’s a guarantee that most of the new wealth generated in the U.S. this century will flow to scalable software companies. Rest

UAE: Huawei sees youth as “KE” to transformation to a knowledge economy

Huawei also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CUD today, extending its long-term commitment to the university as it brings its global expertise in innovation to empower students.

“Huawei is committed to the vision of His highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across all sectors in the UAE,” said David Wang, CEO of Huawei UAE. “The UAE continues to build on its commercial success and take steps to become a global information center and a knowledge-based economy. Our partnership with the Canadian University Dubai confirms our support to the youth of the UAE who we see as the enablers of this national strategy.” Rest

Africa: Malnutrition — it’s the economy, stupid!

[African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina] “So it’s very important for us in Africa to take decisive action to end it, because it has significant implications for the future workforce in Africa. And as you move into the knowledge economy, you can repair a bridge, you can repair a road, you can repair a port. You can’t repair a brain. This is very critical. So that’s why we are working together to launch the African Leaders for Nutrition.” Rest

Africa: Radio Astronomy in Africa – Mauritius Signs SKA MoU

This scientific project will consist of the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, about 50 times more sensitive, and up to 10 000 faster (in terms of its survey speed) than the best radio telescopes of today. It is expected to have a significant impact on Africa’s drive towards a knowledge economy, wherein information flow is supercritical and underpins the character of a knowledge economy.

Eleven countries, represented by their local research organisations, are current members (Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom). Rest

UK: Support UK tech or face economic “doom”

Neil Woodford, known for being the UK’s most successful investor, says backing our world-class science is crucial for the UK to hold its position as a centre of technological innovation. Having a thriving “knowledge economy” will allow the UK to compete with other global heavyw­­eights.

“We are failing as an economy to capture [the opportunity in science] and if we fail to capture that the economy is doomed,” Woodford says.

“The critical part of the jigsaw is that early-stage science is what the UK economy does very well. And if the economy is going to succeed in the future we have to make the knowledge economy work,” he added. Rest

Pakistan: ‘Govt paying special attention to strengthen research institutions’

[LCCI SVP Almas Hyder] “Pakistan has is yet to be placed at some respectable position in the innovation index because of low end production of cheap goods and inefficient energy consumption ratio. Even after more than six decades of its creation, Pakistan still remains to be a producer of primary commodities. In view of current resource constraint, there is a need to utilise existing resources optimally through reorganising our research and development infrastructure and moving towards knowledge economy to rectify the dismal situation,” he suggested. Rest

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India, Canada, & Europe

India: Top Indian educationalist urges focus on universities and more

India must focus on expanding higher education, energy production and high-technology manufacturing if it is to retain its robust economic growth, the former vice chancellor of Delhi University told an invited audience at a Warwick Policy Lab event yesterday [21 April].

Giving a speech on India’s economic development, Professor Dinesh Singh pointed out that India’s “knowledge economy” dates back thousands of years. Hospitals, plastic surgery, calculus and spherical trigonometry were all invented on the subcontinent, he said, and by the 15th century India’s economy was the biggest in the world; but then repeated invasions, followed by colonisation, wrecked its economy. Rest

Canada: Premier to Highlight Economic Plan

From April 25 to 29, Premier Kathleen Wynne will visit Ontario businesses, postsecondary schools and other groups across the province to speak about the government’s economic plan and how it is delivering on her number-one priority — creating jobs and growing the economy.

The Premier will address organizations representing businesses, municipalities and researchers, and participate in roundtables at various fast-growing companies. The Premier will also ask for ideas on how to accelerate the province’s development as a hub of the knowledge economy. Rest

Europe: EESC calls for e-inclusion & digital knowledge for all Europe

The European Economic and Social Committee shares the view that the digital economy is an area of strategic economic importance for the EU Member States. Digital data is now the basis for activity in all areas of the economy, government, culture, and social and health services. Making innovative use of this data is the main source of increased productivity for the EU economy. However, the Committee insists that to fully unleash the potential of a knowledge-based economy, it is very important to retrain workers so that they have the necessary skills to work in newly emerging jobs and economic sectors. This is especially important given that 80% of jobs are forecast to require digital knowledge and skills by 2020. Rest

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Australia, UAE, & Korea

Australia: Budget must ensure innovation isn’t just a flash in the pan

According to CSIRO, Australia will need to retrain six million people to become digitally literate by 2025 if we’re going to have any hope of competing on the international stage and successfully pivoting to a knowledge economy. … Investment in programs that reward and encourage collaboration between the private sector and universities is critical to delivering on the vision of a knowledge economy. … Tomorrow’s budget will set the track for Australia’s shift to the knowledge economy. Rest

UAE: Sheikh Zayed Award winners honoured at Adnec ceremony

Dr Ali bin Tamim, secretary general of Sheikh Zayed Book Award, said the award built on the vision set by the Founding President, who paved the way for the UAE to develop into a knowledge economy. Rest

Korea: Creative economy needs change in culture

As public debate in Korea seeks solutions for building a leading knowledge economy, the debate often mistakenly sidelines the importance of culture. … Unfortunately, this culture does not help Korea accelerate its progress towards achieving a “creative” knowledge economy. The pressure to avoid new paths with new ideas is too intense for most; only to be taken when all other options have been exhausted.

However, countries such as Finland, Israel, and the U.S., have cultures that breed more individuals and organizations that are willing to explore the unknown and to pursue radical innovations; and to become entrepreneurs for opportunity. As a result, these countries have been attracting the capital, creative talent, and professional expertise needed to expand and sustain a leading knowledge economy. Rest

UAE: Cyber warriors needed to protect online security in UAE

Abu Dhabi: Although the UAE’s online security frameworks are very robust, the threat of hacking cannot be ignored as the country strives to become a leading knowledge economy, a top information technology official said in the capital on Sunday. Rest

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Pakistan & the Knowledge Economy

Pakistan – Government Committed to Transform into KE

WASHINGTON: Pakistan was promoting increased global connectivity through a series of initiatives and the government is committed to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy, Finance Secretary Dr. Waqar Masood Khan said. Speaking at an event the “Global Connect Initiative” at the World Bank, Washington, the Finance Secretary reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to support the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), action lines and targets that were set under the agenda for the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDG).  Rest

Pakistan – Ahsan Iqbal calls upon USA to help

Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal urged that USA should support Pakistan in training of human resource to implement Vision 2025. The government is keen to benefit from the strength of top US universities to train its strategic human resource for transforming Pakistan into a Knowledge Economy. “Pakistan-USA Knowledge Corridor” can become a strong bridge between the two countries. Ahsan Iqbal stated this in a meeting with Evan Ryan, USA Assistant Secretary Education & Cultural Affairs, who called on him at Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform. Rest

Pakistan – Higher Ed: Past, Present and Future – By Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman

Pakistan is grouped in the technologically marginalized and innovation deficient countries in the global rankings. Unless laboratory level research is translated into marketable products, a knowledge economy can’t be promoted.

There are four pillars of progress in knowledge economy; high quality education, science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and a governance system that allows merit to prevail and offers quick and fair justice.

In order to build a strong knowledge economy, Pakistan needs to rid itself of the constraints of a natural resource-driven approach to socio-economic development and focus on strengthening the “triple helix” of the knowledge economy.  Rest

Pakistan – Development Minister Visits Pardee School

Minister Ahsan Iqbal is a four-term elected member of Pakistan’s national parliament and a seasoned politician who is also the Deputy Secretary General of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League. A graduate of the Univeristy of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan and then of the Wharton School of Business at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania, he has also served as the country’s Minister of Education in the past and is now the lead cabinet official focusing of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative.

Iqbal said that despite Pakistan’s security challenges, the country is “ready for an economic takeoff.” According to him, the key drivers of the country’s bright future prospects are (a) the emergence of a knowledge economy and (b) the China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) initiative. He said that the world has begun looking at Pakistan with “a different, and more positive, lens” because Pakistan has shifted its focus from “only the geo-political to also the geo-economic.” Rest

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Cuba’s “knowledge economy” – a product of its wealth of skilled university graduates whose technical skills and abilities have been sharpened by material shortages and limitations – provides fertile ground to grow U.S.-Cuban cooperation and enterprise. … Major U.S. tech companies like Google and a host of smaller players are already offering to help Cuba unlock its “knowledge economy”. … Cuba’s close proximity to the United States, its existing knowledge economy, a skilled and prosperous diaspora, and the island’s budding entrepreneurial class are factors that can facilitate such cooperation. Government officials, entrepreneurs, and non-profits can work together to create mutually beneficial “knowledge economies”, drawing on the best of the creative capacity of the brightest and most talented on both sides of the Florida Straits. Rest

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Growing the Ontario Knowledge Economy

The recent $134-billion budget tabled by the Ontario government underscores the province’s ongoing commitment to technology innovation, according to one provincial minister.

Brad Duguid, Scarborough Centre MPP and Ontario Minister of Economic Development said that the future of the province’s economy hinges on technology growth within local start-ups and small- to medium- sized enterprises (SME) and in helping businesses take new technologies to global markets. …

He pointed to the recent announcement that Ontario will invest $22.75 million in the IBM Innovation Incubator (I3) Project, an initiative that sees the province partner with IBM Canada and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) to help up to 500 SMEs “create jobs, embrace next-generation technologies and compete in the global marketplace.” …

The project will help small and medium enterprises fast-track the launch of new technologies and products to international clients and grow the province’s knowledge economy even further, according to Duguid. Rest

 

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