Evolution of funds: New ways to spend big on public research

OECD countries are spending big on new forms of funding public research By Eugene Sebastian Alain de Botton once said that most business meetings involve one party elaborately suppressing a wish to shout at the other: “just give us the money”. Wouldn’t it be easier if it were just the case for public research funding?…

China looks to science and technology to fuel its economy

Maintaining stability in the face of rapid change and growth, and proactively partaking in cooperative global ties in science and technology fields will be key in helping China become an innovation-based economy, according to Denis Simon, vice provost for International Strategic Initiatives at Arizona State University. One of the world’s leading experts on science, technology…

US again leads the world in patents; China surges past Germany

By John Zarocostas Herald Foreign Staff  March 24, 2014 The United States retained its lead as the world’s most inventive country in 2013, accounting for 27.9 percent of all international patent applications, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization, which tracks patent applications in 148 nations. But China is closing fast, with a 15.6 percent…

‘Clubbing’ effect in China’s research surge

By Eugene Sebastian China’s scientific research is rising. In 2005, China ranked 5th after US, UK, German and Japan in number of scholarly publications across all disciplines. In 2010, it ranked second after the US. While China’s volume of publications continue to grow quickly, there is evidence to show that its quality is also increasing….

Science and technology policy: Where are we going?

Riwanto Tirtosudarmo, Jakarta | Opinion | Tue, April 01 2014, 10:34 AM In anticipating the upcoming change in government, over the last three months or so a debate has been underway concerning the increasingly neglected development of science and technology in this country. The discourse centers on the institutional arrangements of higher education such as…

The ‘Asianisation’ Of Global Innovation

By Dr. Dan Steinbock Since the 1950s, the United States and the West have set the standards for prosperity, productivity and innovation. But the share of Asia in global R&D is climbing; and based on recent statistics,the region could soon displace the West as the global R&D driver. Global innovation is shifting toward Asia and…

Suzhou’s new forms of foreign university collaboration

Yojana Sharma, 08 November 2013 Issue No:295 Universities from a number of countries have set up branch campuses in China, hoping to tap into the country’s desire for a Western education and a large pool of middle-class students. But China wants new types of university partnerships that tie in closely with its aspiration to drive up…

The rise of international co-invention

The rapid rise of India and China as innovating nations seems to contradict conventional views of the economic growth and development process. India and China are still at the early stages of development, yet advanced nations are granting rapidly growing numbers of patents to inventors based in these countries. A new research analysis of U.S….

Critical success factors for transnational partnerships

Commentary was recently published in the University World News. By Eugene Sebastian and Abid Khan 25 October 2013 –  Issue No:293 Partnership between leading institutions will be absolutely crucial to innovation and success in tackling major issues in a changing world. A small number of critical factors affect the long-term success of collaborations: the depth…

Future of Asian cyberspace: Mobile, social, young

By Ayee Macaraig “Asia will become the largest market for some of the biggest social media campaigns in the world.” Business and technology industry leaders hailed the potential of Internet use in Asia, citing the uptake of social media in the continent. The recently concluded United Nations’ 8th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held here drew global focus…

Critical success factors for transnational partnerships

Eugene Sebastian and Abid Khan 25 October 2013 Partnership between leading institutions will be absolutely crucial to innovation and success in tackling major issues in a changing world. A small number of critical factors affect the long-term success of collaborations: the depth of the alliance; shared aspirations and strategies; unified governance; and the deployment of…

First ranking of universities in BRICS countries

Karen MacGregor25 October 2013 Issue No:293 The Russian government is behind the world’s first university ranking for the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. UK-based QS Quacquarelli Symonds will produce the pilot BRICS ranking in December.Last Wednesday QS announced that it had been appointed by the Interfax Group, a leading information provider…

Innovation: new engine for China’s development

  By ZHOU TIANYONG AT a group study session of the central leadership in September, Party leader Xi Jinping stressed that the implementation of the strategy of innovation-driven development will decide the future of the Chinese nation. He urged the Party and society to grasp the trend of global science and technological innovation and seize the…

Editorial: Indonesia Needs to Invest in Research

By Jakarta Globe on 12:48 pm October 25, 2013. As Indonesia’s economy matures and moves higher up the value chain, it will no longer be able to rely on its rich natural resources and robust domestic consumption. If the country wants to realize its ambition of being a top 10 global economy by 2050, it will have…

Who’s afraid of China’s high tech challenge?

by Guy de Jonquières Senior Fellow, The European Centre for International Political Economy Over the last 30 years, the speed and scale of China’s economic rise have stunned the world. Now its government has mapped out bold plans for the next phase of the nation’s development: transforming it into an innovation powerhouse that occupies a leading, and…