Canada should prioritize human capital over research output: Nicholson

January 8, 2019

In light of a downward drift in innovation and research, Canada has been urged to push interest towards human capital over research output, writes Paul Baskin. While the Government of Canada appears concerned with boosting university research breakthroughs, Council of Canadian Academies founding president Peter Nicholson argues that a better use for taxpayer money would be to help institutions produce graduates who can help Canadian industry capitalize on innovations. “What really counts is how good are you and how quick are you at picking up the best ideas from around the world and applying them effectively in the Canadian context,” said Nicholson. “That’s what matters.” Times Higher Education[Subscription required] (International)