Archive for July, 2012

EFMD – Management Skills for Growth

July 24, 2012

Extracts from opening statements at the EFMD April Roundtable: Management Skills for Growth.

Three key suggestions concluded from this roundtable are:

Re-inventing the EU innovation model:

The current European innovation strategy design tends to be based on a stable evolutionary model. This approach needs to be changed. The idea of supporting the creation of high-growth companies in Europe is highlighted as an important element. It is also suggested to re-prioritize policy objectives, to avoid trying to achieve everything at the same time. Too many equivalent priorities lead to no priorities.

Developing skills for future leaders:

Here is a call to develop humanistic managers who are not only expert in management techniques, but also have the capacity to understand and deal with cross-disciplinary and inter-cultural issues.


The possibility to exploit knowledge and capital from all entrepreneurs needs to be further addressed. Entrepreneurial mid-sets are required in all types of organizations, small and large, public and private.

A full report on the roundtable is available via:


Povl Tiedemann

July 2012


A pressing need to focus on research-driven innovation

July 23, 2012

By Lauritz B Holm-Nielsen, Rector, Aarhus University – extracts from University World News release.

Even though Europe has the world’s most comprehensive research system, it is losing ground to competing regions when it comes to turning knowledge into innovation. The solution is for Europe to release its controlling grip on research, scale down in-the-box strategic thinking, promote unconventional cooperation and remove red tape.

When, back in 2002, Aarhus University invested in establishing the interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre and a new nanoscience study programme, few people realised the potential outcome.

Now, 10 years later, iNANO is recognised as a world leading research centre, and nano research as the driving force for developing new technologies within materials, energy, the environment, communication, electronics and health, just to name a few.

The impact on Denmark’s innovation system cannot be underestimated.

This example shows that a focus on a new combination of research activities can lead to excellent research – research that dares to question existing perceptions and makes the unthinkable possible.

Excellent research is, and should be, one of the cornerstones of the European Union’s new Horizon 2020 programme, which is one of the world’s largest research initiatives with a total proposed budget of €80 billion (US$98 billion).

At the end of April, Aarhus University hosted one of the Danish EU presidency’s conferences. Leading researchers, politicians and representatives from public and private foundations from across Europe discussed how increased investments in excellent research can make a positive contribution to Europe’s competitiveness and growth.

The conclusions can be found in the Aarhus Declaration adopted by the conference.


Povl Tiedemann

July 2012

The rise of for-profit universities and colleges

July 19, 2012

By John Aubrey Douglass, University World News

For-profit institutions have grown in the Great Recession, to some extent because of cuts in the public sector that have meant it is unable to fulfil demand. For-profits need greater regulation to ensure quality, but demand for them is likely to continue to rise.

In the midst of the Great Recession, for-profit colleges and universities in the United States grew at a staggering pace in enrolment, profits and the corporate value of those traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

The 11 largest for-profit higher education companies, for instance, experienced an increase in enrolments of over 30% between 2008 and 2010. The downturn in the economy triggered ‘hypergrowth’ in for-profit institutions, including a rush of laid-off workers seeking job retraining.


Povl Tiedemann

July 2012

Four out of 10 graduates worldwide from China and India by 2020

July 15, 2012

By David Jobbins, University World News

Extracts from OECD report

Four out of every 10 university graduates will come from just two countries – China and India – by 2020, according to a new report from the OECD. China alone will account for 29% of graduates aged 25-34, with the United States and Europe stagnating at just over a quarter.

The report says that if current trends continue, the number of 25- to 34-year-olds from Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and South Africa with a higher education degree will be almost 40% higher than the number from all OECD countries in 2020.

The latest in the series of Education in Focus reports records that in 2000 there were 51 million 25- to 34-year-olds with higher education degrees in OECD countries, and 39 million in non-OECD G20 countries.


For Danish readers – supplementary notes:

Fremtidens kloge hoveder kommer fra Kina og Indien

Uddrag fra artikel i Information 2012-07-15

Den økonomiske vækst er for længst flyttet fra de gamle magter i Europa og USA mod de nye vækstlande i Asien og Latinamerika. Nu viser tal fra OECD, at det går samme vej med andelen af højtuddannede. I 2020 vil fire ud af ti unge med en videregående uddannelse komme fra blot to lande – Indien og Kina.


Povl Tiedemann

July 2012

INSEAD Knowledge: Global Innovation Index 2012 finds Switzerland, Sweden and Singapore most innovative

July 10, 2012

By Shellie Karabell, Editor-in-Chief, INSEAD Knowledge(Extracts from news release)

Switzerland, Sweden and Singapore are the three most innovative countries in the world, according to the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2012, a ranking of 141 countries co-produced by INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO.

This is the second year running that Switzerland, Sweden and Singapore have been in the top three positions. The rest of the top ten this year are: Finland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Hong Kong (China), Ireland and the United States.

Canada dropped out of the top ten this year, while the U.S. fell to tenth position from number seven last year, changes which the report attributes to cutbacks in spending on, and support of, education and research and development.
“The GII is a timely reminder that policies to promote innovation are critical to the debate on spurring sustainable economic growth,” WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said.
The report also points out a need for the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) to invest further in innovation to live up to their potential. Russia advanced this year in the rankings, while Brazil, China and India dropped – with Brazil suffering the largest fall.


Povl Tiedemann

July 2012

Power and responsibility – The growing influence of global rankings

July 1, 2012

By Richard Holmes, University World News – extract from news release

International rankings are being used to determine international higher education partnerships and even immigration policy. There is a danger that particular rankings are becoming too powerful. There needs to be both an auditing of the rankings and a willingness to consider a broader range of rankings.

As nations across the globe focus on the establishment of world-class universities as essential elements of economic policy, the rankings are increasingly employed as a tool for governments to set national policy.

In 2010, politicians in Denmark suggested using graduation from one of the top 20 universities as a criterion for immigration to the country. The Netherlands has gone even further. Take at a look at this page from the Dutch government’s London embassy website.


Povl Tiedemann

July 2012