The innovation challenge in the Arab world

Eye-opening statistic in today’s Financial Times:

In 2005, the 17 countries of the Arab world together produced 13,444 scientific publications, fewer than the 15,455 achieved by Harvard University alone.

But James Wilsdon argues that change is visible. A number of Arab countries are now pouring vast sums into research facilities. That’s all to the good, but without a deep-rooted culture of open, inquiring minds there is a danger that these countries will end up with magnificent complexes of buildings, a number of highly paid imported minds, and little else to show.

2 thoughts on “The innovation challenge in the Arab world

    1. Lance Knobel

      If you follow the link at the top of that post, you’ll get to the whole article. If for some reason you can’t follow the link, let me know and I’ll email you the article.


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