The development of highly-skilled people needs to be matched with the needs of business

One of the key findings of the Innovation Union Competitiveness Report 2011 shows that the EU needs to strongly adapt the profiles of researchers to new priorities and market demands in the years to come. The document states that Member States should adapt their education systems to keep increasing numbers while ensuring a better match with business needs: « A central issue for the success of Innovation Union is for Member States to adapt their (tertiary) education systems in view of substantially increasing the number of available researchers and engineers while ensuring a better match of their skills with the needs of the business sector and improving the attractiveness of research careers for top talents from around the world.« 

The report provides an in-depth statistical and economic analysis about the strengths and weaknesses of national research and innovation systems, as well as solid facts on which to base national policy choices.

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