New Knowledge Ambition

EPA-EFE/Juan Carlos Hidalgo

The closing ceremony of the South Summit 2018 in Madrid, Spain, October 5, 2018. The South Summit is a global platform leader on innovation focused on business opportunities that gathers main characters of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

New Knowledge Ambition


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The ambition for new knowledge must be better articulated with a new agenda for innovation and entrepreneurship, both of which will be key enablers for competitiveness in Europe. This is essential to mobilise universities, companies, and other actors to better challenge for competitiveness.

The opportunity that knowledge ambition provides will be consolidated and, in times of crisis, allows for the very real possibility of having new results with a lasting impact.

Coupling knowledge and ambition is a collaboration as education, innovation, and entrepreneurship offer new solutions to different, and often disparate, problems. This is vital for Europe. Both knowledge and ambition must be the real platform for a more entrepreneurial society that is centred on new areas of knowledge and new sectors of value. This is why the example of some universities and centres of innovation, with their focus on high-added value clusters that include like ICT and fashion, amongst others – develop strong partnerships with multinationals, start-ups, and local authorities. This is a prime example of how a new strategic partnership will work in the future.

 Knowledge and ambition promote a new set of studies that are oriented on the real added value of companies in the market, which are supported by strategic knowledge and the experience of managers as well as specialists from universities.

The focus on innovation and knowledge as the drivers for creating added value with an international dissemination is a challenge, but some universities have been developing strong strategic knowledge networks in different areas of the world, including Asia and South America.

The quality of the effective education must be the competitive advantage of these newly invigorated universities as they are pushed by ideas of modernity, added value, and Excellence. This is a very clear idea that suits the major challenges that our society really faces, which require new answers to different questions. The act of global participation in such a demanding society is an exercise of commitment between individual creativity and collective cooperation.

The practical collaboration of relevant firms and universities or centres of innovation is exemplified by a commitment to innovation, quality, and creativity. The distinction between the two will be suitable for each different individual and the collective integration of ideas and solutions.

This new ambitious goal for knowledge is a great challenge for our economies and societies. The experience of universities and centres of innovation, as important contributors to society, must be able to understand and respond with effective answers to the different stakeholders in the system. The contribution of these platforms will be more important and critical as this message is better understood by those deeply involved and invested in the process.

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