There is a widespread misunderstanding in Ireland that innovation and competitiveness depend on the amount of money spent on research and development (R&D) within higher education institutions.  In fact, there is no evidence of a relationship between money spent on research in universities and the prosperity of a country, city or region. Irish universities are highly adept at promoting the idea that innovation starts with scientific research. This assumption is […]

Innovation and apprenticeships

While there is much current debate on the need to restore the Irish economy, most of the commentary appears blind to the important role that culture might play in this endeavour. An intriguing question is, what might be the impact on young people, many of whom understandably suffer from alienation during these difficult economic times, if a concerted effort was made to foster a strong sense of cultural identity? Can […]

Youth drama and innovation