The controversy surrounding the university qualifications of politicians in Spain, which claimed the scalp of the head of Madrid’s regional government, Cristina Cifuentes, in April, has ended a second political career, with the resignation of Minister of Health Carmen Montón in September.
The progress of the Spanish R & D system from the last decade has got stuck when the economical crisis started. The first budget cuts in R & D sector were applied in 2010, and nowadays the public R & D investment has stepped back to 2005 levels. The Spanish Young Researchers Federation (FJI-Precarios) strongly believes that, beyond raising public investment, a thoughtful R & D policy should be undertaken. In our FJI-Precarios Decalogue (under Creative Common License), we suggest 10 measures that will strengthen the R & D system and will make it more independent of political turnovers.
Spain, after all, is the European country which receives most foreign students, as well as the third biggest exporter of them after Germany and France. They know all about this at the universities of Granada, Valencia and Madrid Complutense, the three which draw most students. Since the Erasmus Programme was founded in 1987, 1.7 million Europeans have benefited from its grants for mobility within the European Union.
A recent study by ESADE Business School placed Spain as the fourth most popular country in the world in terms of attracting talent for advanced degrees in business. Placed only behind the US, UK and Canada, Spain was therefore ranked as the second country in Europe when it comes to attracting MBA talent.
The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe. The EIT brings together leading business, education and research organisations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. These are called Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge. EIT Innovation Communities develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. Together, we power innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe to turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth.
EIT was created in 2008 to power Europe’s ability to innovate. The EIT’s eight Knowledge and Innovation Communities work to:
- accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy (EIT Climate-KIC)drive Europe’s digital transformation (EIT Digital)
- lead the global revolution in food innovation and production (EIT Food)
- give EU citizens greater opportunities to enjoy a healthy life (EIT Health)
- achieve a sustainable energy future for Europe (EIT InnoEnergy)
- strengthen and increase the competitiveness of Europe’s manufacturing industry (EIT Manufacturing)
- develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe (EIT RawMaterials)
- solve mobility challenges of our cities (EIT Urban Mobility)
There is not a lot of time left to adapt to the enormous changes that we have to face in the next years. The most significant driving force of change is the climate threat, but also a world where we will work less with our body and more with our brain. Where robots will serve in a bar, clean hotels and help people in elderly homes. Christopher Pommerening who used to travel, study and work around the globe wants to give us the tools to be able to move in this world, especially our kids need a lot of assistance the next years. They will be the changemakers and suffer the most climate change.