could prop up innovation, says foreign expert
MANILA, Nov. 14 (PNA) -- Greater collaboration between colleges and
universities will make new ideas being developed to reach more people and
eventually turning innovation to produce profit, a researcher and a member
of the New Zealand private sector, said on Friday.
During the APEC Business Advisory Council's (ABAC) special session entitled
"Dialogue with APEC Voices of the Future Delegates", the issue of getting
accessed to research output and innovation was raised.
ABAC was asked to recommend specific initiatives that colleges and
universities should undertake to facilitate the development of a young
population who can contribute greatly to innovation in the Asia Pacific
As a response, Anthony Nowell, a research leader from New Zealand, said the
key is forging collaboration between academic institutions involved in
research with the government acting as regulator.
"I think that the word collaboration is a very important word when it comes
to getting the best innovation, what is out there at the moment," Nowell
told the delegates that are mostly composed of young people from different
"We don't see quite enough frankly. We talk about institutions, thousands of
institutions around the world because the founding mechanisms institutions
have tend to be competitive."
However, these academic institutions do not usually share their ideas and
Nowell said he believes giving governments authority to facilitate much more
collaboration between institutions and get the ideas flowing across the
border would be a great help.
He also said the this collaboration must not be limited by boundaries or
borders, adding ideas should flow freely whether these are national or
For instance, in the Philippines, there must be tie ups between UP and
Ateneo, he said.
"How do you get the innovation flow occurring? That is a very important
issue to my mind," he said.
Although there are many people who have bright ideas, their research outputs
are often left sitting on library shelves without seeing the light of the
day, he said, noting this is actually the real problem.
Also, Nowell raised the issue on inaccessible big data that could aid people
There is a huge amount of data coming out of researchers that is not being
accessed or used, he said.
"I think once again, finding the right mechanism to get access to big data
is going to open up a whole new world of innovative ideas from the work that
has been done before," Nowell said.
ABAC has hosted the dialogue with young people from across different APEC
economies to prepare them to become future leaders and innovators in the
region in the coming years. (PNA)