Monday, 28th October 2013
Encouraging a British Invention Revolution: Sir Andrew Witty’s Review of Universities and Growth
Source: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills via GOV.UK
From Executive Summary and Recommendations:
The strongest basis for regional economic growth is activity rooted in a sound understanding of a locality’s comparative economic advantage. This means that the task of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and other bodies seeking local growth is to understand where comparative economic advantage lies, and to focus on how best to land the benefits of associated economic activity for their locality.
Effective economic engagement is central to many universities, and is enabled and catalysed by excellent research and teaching, and vice-versa. It takes a wide range of forms. Much of the UK’s comparative economic advantage in the twenty-first century could be derived from our universities, including from world class research in fields relevant to the Industrial Strategy sectors and technologies.
Universities should assume an explicit responsibility for facilitating economic growth,and all universities should have stronger incentives to embrace this “enhanced Third Mission” – from working together to develop and commercialise technologies which can win in international markets to partnering with innovative local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). An annual report should set out universities’ Third Mission work, together with actions the Government should take to better facilitate it.
+ Direct link to Report (PDF; 5.9 MB)
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