Council on Competitiveness Report – America’s Innovation Leadership is in Jeopardy
Top University Presidents and National Laboratory Directors Highlight Critical Role of Manufacturing in Boosting Innovation
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Leaders from nearly three dozen top universities and national laboratories say that America must make radical changes in its manufacturing policy to maintain its innovation leadership, in a report released today by the Council on Competitiveness. Ignite 2.0: Voices of American University Presidents and National Lab Directors on Manufacturing Competitiveness calls for a stronger partnership between research and manufacturing – especially manufacturing at scale, improved vocational and STEM education and a commitment to supporting higher education and science.
The report’s findings were unveiled by the Council’s leadership at the Detroit Economic Club, and reflect the views of America’s premier research university presidents, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Dr. Susan Hockfield. Directors of five national laboratories were also surveyed for the report.