Six strategies for Canadian universities to foster innovation

Moira MacDonald, University Affairs, Nov 02, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a set of six short articles that overall represent an industry-driven approach to support for innovation in universities "by being willing to work with industry as partners and having our researchers work closely to solve key industry issues, rather than looking for places where university discoveries can be plugged in." From where I sit, this may (may) support innovation, but it puts the brakes on disruption and transformation. In a certain sense it represents a diversion of effort and resources toward incumbents and away from new ideas and businesses that would genuinely move us forward. This has been my experience with the policy over the last several years. Yes, this document deserves deeper discussion and criticism. But in my mind it represents a failed innovation policy.

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