x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Innovation is vital, says education minister

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research emphasises the importance of innovation and creativity to the country's economic development.

ABU DHABI // Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, yesterday emphasised the importance of innovation and creativity to the country's economic development.

In a speech opening the Scientific Research and National Development Conference in Dubai, which was organised by the Culture and Science Symposium, Sheikh Nahyan urged greater spending on research within higher education institutions, and the development of a culture of innovation, according to WAM, the state news agency.

Delegates at the conference cited countries including Sweden, Japan and Finland as examples to follow in terms of allocating a large percentage of their GDP to scientific research.

Sheikh Nahyan said the government's aim to establish a knowledge-based economy "cannot be only attained through provision of budgets or setting up research centres in universities, but also through establishing a tradition to support the scientific research in a community based on innovation".

He highlighted the establishment of the National Authority for Scientific Research, which aims to set a national system for development, innovation and creativity.

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