INSEAD, the leading international business school, along with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), hosted a seminar on campus entitled ‘Innovation in Higher Education: Pathway to Building an Innovation-driven Society.’ Dr. Kamiel Gabriel, Research Division Manager at Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), served as guest speaker at the seminar, which took place at INSEAD’s Abu Dhabi campus.
The policy breakfast included a presentation by Dr. Gabriel on the foundational concepts of what an innovation-driven society should do, with an emphasis on the role of higher education institutions. He argued that in a knowledge-based economy, science is an essential resource that delivers “supply”; while society delivers “demand”. He also claimed that innovation correlates with productivity growth which is associated with international competitiveness. New technology and practices are key to GDP per capita growth.
‘The decisive ‘factor of production’ now is neither capital nor land nor labour – it is a knowledge-based society that excels in innovation,” said Dr. Kamiel Gabriel, Research Division Manager at Abu Dhabi Education Council.
"Education alone is not enough to foster economic growth; education needs be relevant and delivered in the most effective way, and this is why we need to continue updating our educational systems,” added Dr. Sami Mahroum, Academic & Executive Director, Innovation & Policy Initiative, INSEAD.
INSEAD’s Policy Breakfasts are a series of early morning seminars that focus on current policy issues through the lenses of academics and practitioners in industry and government. The series is aimed at professionals concerned with government policy.
About the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC)
ADEC was established in 2005 to elevate the quality of education in Abu Dhabi to the highest international standards and ensure that all residents have access to high-quality education. The Council seeks to develop education and educational institutions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and implement innovative educational policies, plans and programs. ADEC developed a Higher Education Strategic plan, guided by the Abu Dhabi Education Policy Agenda, with the ultimate goal of transforming Abu Dhabi into a diversified, innovation-based, knowledge-producing society.
About INSEAD, The Business School for the World
As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas from around the world to change lives and to transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of our research and teaching. With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and Abu Dhabi, INSEAD’s business education and research spans three continents. Our 141 renowned Faculty members from 35 countries inspire more than 1,000 degree participants annually in our MBA, Executive MBA and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 6,000 executives participate in INSEAD’s executive education programmes each year.
In addition to INSEAD’s programmes on our three campuses, INSEAD participates in academic partnerships with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia & San Francisco); the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago, and Johns Hopkins University/SAIS in Washington DC.
In Asia, INSEAD partners with Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. INSEAD also partners with Sorbonne University Panthéon-Assas law school, and with Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil. In 2009, INSEAD celebrated 50 years as a pioneer of international business education based in Europe. Last year, INSEAD celebrated the 10th Anniversary of our Asia campus in Singapore. In 2012, we celebrate five years of activity in Abu Dhabi. Around the world and over the decades, INSEAD continues to conduct cutting edge research and to innovate across all our programmes to provide business leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere. These core values have enabled us to become truly "The Business School for the World."