Universities in the United Kingdom are at the forefront of improving the country’s reputation as a leader in science and technology across the world. Britain currently has the third biggest technology ecosystem in the world; now is the time to push for the top spot, according to the government.
Science and technology are being primed to be in the spotlight in the United Kingdom, attracting major investment and being at the cutting edge of invention; however, for this to continue, universities need to work together to bring in the funds needed. Higher education brings in thousands of students to the UK every year, who in turn bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. This now needs to turn into regular investment from foreign countries.
Universities are being asked to promote their relationships with other countries to attract investment, as well as looking closer to home and liaising with local government and businesses. The benefits are twofold, helping both the UK and the community in which the university is situated. As a result of greater investment, more jobs would be created locally, as well as Britain increasing its reputation globally for science and technology.
The UK government is working towards this country being a science and technology superpower by the year 2030. The plan involves recruiting global talent to work in the sector, as well as equipping staff and facilities with everything they need to succeed. Universities already have the sites for this, as well as a ready-made workforce fresh from completing their academic qualifications.
This is a great opportunity for the higher education sector to be at the forefront of the drive for superpower status in the United Kingdom, as the home of science and technology innovation. There is money available and plenty of potential investment, as well as a pathway towards government, with the newly created Department for Science, Innovation and Technology. Universities now need to make sure their vision and plans match the government’s idea of the UK as a haven for innovation. Long-term plans need to be prioritised, as well as a far-reaching vision for success in science and technology driven by the further education sector.