Povl Tiedemann, Head of Department, Danish Business Economists
Comments on COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL, The European Institute of Technology: further steps towards its creation, Brussels, 8.6.2006 - COM(2006) 276 final. PDF (152 KB)
In connection with launching and developing the initiative of European Institute of Technology (EIT), intensely supported by President José Manuel Barroso, following elements should be considered:
With network communities having an increased influence in future world economy, it will be necessary to nourish initiatives as the Airbus and the cooperative development projects of the European automotive industry through relevant attachment to joint research forces, as presently under establishment under the auspices of the EIT. Additional links to CERN could be most appropriate.
The proposed structure organized within the framework of Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC’s), under the strategic direction of a Governing Board may contain insufficient leadership possbilities. Thus it is strongly recommended to intensify leadership and structure profile to create and sustain adequate commitment and identity. Future world economic development will demand new priority paradigms additional to traditional technologies. Thus the EIT initiative portfolio should adapt trans disciplinarily and multiculturally, thus including the business and service sector together with elements from the humanities as relevant focal points.
For inspiration, please visit http://www.stanford.edu/group/dschool/ (Big Picture, 03 Multidisciplinary Approach) together with www.globalisering.dk publishing the Danish approach to the future challenges of Globalization. Modernising and reforming the professional career and functional conditions in general for the academia will be relevant as part of developing the EIT. This will not only comprise incentive measures and packages, however, focus should also be set on professional conditions as key elements of development.
With Business School competences as relevant platform for the development of cross cultural and trans disciplinary faculties, it is advisable that the Business School Community be represented in the management structure – politically as well as operationally – thus participating in the development of the strongest possible governance process and structure. The above has been communicated to the EU, Directorate-General for Educationand Culture together with Commissioner Jan Figel.