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Universities face ‘mission overload’, says report

As pressure grows on higher education institutes to raise their economic competitiveness and live up to new social responsibilities, a forward-looking study on the subject argues that future universities could well face a "mission overload".

‘Communication dimension’ needed for European research

The Commission wants to strengthen the culture of science communication in Europe in order to avoid misperceptions that could lead to public opposition to scientific advances and thus lost innovation opportunities.

Social partners to scrutinise national Lisbon action plans

A European Area of Knowledge, national programmes to boost knowledge and a Charter of Life Long Learning are some of the main ideas of an opinion adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC).
Economy & Jobs 07-11-2005

UNESCO: Don’t confuse knowledge societies with information societies

A UNESCO report, arguing the case for 'knowledge societies', has come out a week after the Parliament adopted a major EU proposal for lifelong learning.

Poto?nik to strengthen knowledge dimension of Lisbon

Europe must develop a specific 'knowledge for growth pact' to reinforce the knowledge triangle: education, research and innovation, says Commissioner Poto?nik.

CSR Stakeholder Forum marked by disagreement

Business and NGOs clash on conclusions of final report of Multi Stakeholder Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Voluntary vs mandatory to remain point of contention in CSR

Placing the emphasis on voluntary initiatives or mandatory measures is the hot debate as the EU's Multi Stakeholder Forum on CSR concludes its 20-month mandate and delivers its final conclusions.

European Foundation makes first assessment of impact of knowledge society

On 21 November the European Foundation presented a first set of indicators to assess the impact of the knowledge society on the way we live and work.

Commission presents new set of structural indicators

The Commission has set out the indicators it will use to assess the EU's progress in becoming the "most competitive and dynamic" economy. The Communication includes indicators in the field of employment, innovation and research, economic reform, social cohesion and sustainable development.

Parliament backs Commission innovation strategy

On 3 October the European Parliament gave its backing to Commission initiatives in the field of innovation oriented research. It stresses the need for financial support and for the modernisation and improvement of innovation policy, placing more emphasis on SMEs.

Europe not most innovative economy

The Commission's 'European Innovation Scoreboard' shows that all Member States are improving, but the EU as a whole is still lagging behind the US and Japan. The Commission is particularly concerned about Europe's relatively weak investment by business in R&D, and a low level of high-tech patenting activity.

‘European Innovation Scoreboard’ to be launched in September

The '2001 European Innovation Scoreboard' will highlight details of Member States' efforts and achievements in the field of innovation. It will also show what factors contribute to a successful innovation climate and how the EU is performing in terms of innovation compared to the US and Japan.

Innovation capacity in EU under scrutiny

New report by Commission looks at how EU enterprises are managing dynamics of innovation in the context of globalisation
Innovation 16-06-2000

Council debates future of european research

EU Research ministers debated the future of European research.