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Strategy for Higher Education, Science and Technology

22-May-2006

In the 21st century, scientific and technological achievements have become commonplace. Science and Technology allow an abundant supply of food and safe drinking water. People can travel the globe with relative ease, and bring goods and services wherever they are needed. Growing computer and communication technologies are opening up vast stores of knowledge, supporting not only economic growth and development, but also strengthening effective democracy and governance. Most of these scientific and technological breakthroughs have taken place in tertiary education institutions in more developed countries. Contribution of the private sector is important, but cases in East Asia confirm that private sector usually invests in a given country when there is a core skills base to warrant return of the investments. The role of government in providing the critical mass of Science Technology & Innovation (STI) skills to attract local and foreign investors is essential.

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