Urenio Watch Watch: Knowledge Economy

Ireland’s Competitiveness Strategy

Growing research capability is a core component of the European Union’s drive to become the most competitive and dynamic, knowledge-driven economy. Ireland has fully embraced that challenge by releasing its Strategy for “Science, Technology and Innovation 2006 – 2013”.

According to Micheal Martin T.D., Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, the strategy is based on a shared vision of placing Ireland firmly on the global map in terms of the excellence of our research and its application for the benefit of society.

Our strategy encompasses the steps we need to take to develop a world class research system, building on the model of competitive excellence adopted by the PRTLI and SFI initiatives. It addresses key human capital investments across the education system and industry. It provides mechanisms to translate knowledge into jobs and growth and, in this context, it takes forward the recommendations of the Enterprise Strategy Group and the Small Business Forum. The strategy establishes agendas for public sector research in Agriculture, Health, Environment and Natural Resources. It also addresses the vital international and all island dimensions of research and innovation.