Are They Smarter Across the Pond?

What a laudable achievement. The U.K. government in 2007 set up a “Department of Innovation, Universities, and Skills” and is responsible for adult learning, further and higher education, skills, science and innovation across the country.

The goals of the department are to spur research across the economy, provide those in schools and universities the skills they need to be better creative and innovative thinkers, and have more people involved in basic scientific research like math, and engineering.

Besides setting policy, running workshops, providing advice, and delivering funding to schools, businesses and universities, the department also publishes a wide variety of research publications on the topic of innovation.

Just yesterday, the department and the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, honored the UK team who attended “WorldSkills 2007”, the largest and most prestigious skills competition in the world.

We all know that we need leadership, not lip service, to make innovation truly effective. Here’s a shining example of how the UK government’s top brass is standing by their commitment to make innovation part of the domestic agenda.

Visit the Department’s homepage here. You’ll find some useful research that’s free to download.

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