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Measures to improve Higher Education/Research relations in the perspective of the ERA, Report of an independent High Level Expert Group set up by the European Commission

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Abstract

To be the world¿s leading knowledge society is the European Union's aim. It is an ambitious aim. European expenditure on research, as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Product is less than the USA's and, although Europe is a better educated society than it was twenty-five years ago, we have not yet made curiosity and creativity central to our lives and work. And the USA and South-east Asian economies will do their best to develop faster than Europe can manage.

Yet, in a future in which success comes from knowledge and from knowledge of how to use knowledge, Europe cannot afford to fail. Our standards of living, welfare provision and civil relations will be affected by the success of this project.

This is an epochal project in three ways: it is not a short-term project; it is not restricted to just some areas of knowledge but requires research into social innovations, human learning and effective entrepreneurship to accompany natural science enquiries; and it invites us to consider the transformation of European societies, while preserving the values and cultures that define Europe as a civilised, diverse and vibrant continent.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20905 EN (2003), 72 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20-905-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32-2-2958220 E-mail: research@ec.europa.eu
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-6432-1
Record Number: 200417425 / Last updated on: 2004-03-09
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en,de,fr