Themes and Issues
The themes of the NFF 2014 are the competitiveness of education systems and the promotion of innovative business activity.
How to promote the creation of new, innovative
In times of lean economic growth, intensified global competition and increasing pressures on public finances, governments are eagerly seeking ways of promoting the private sector to make their economies grow faster – or at the least to maintain the current growth path. However, according to the prevailing perception, direct government intervention and “picking the winners” types of policies are unlikely to succeed and should be avoided. Instead, industrial policy should be applied only when it can be justified by positive externalities or other market failures. In addition, competitive neutrality within the EU limits the room for maneuver for national policies. So what can and should governments do to enhance the growth of private businesses in their countries and across Europe?
Background paper on innovative businesses (pdf)
How to ensure the competiveness of our education
There is a shared understanding that education supports economic growth, competitiveness, sustainable reform of social structures and the wellbeing of citizens. For that reason, practically all developed and developing nations see investment in education and research as a key element of their success. Its rising economic importance, together with increased expenditure, have made it necessary to increase the accountability of public spending on education, with special focus given to alignment of incentives of education institutions with public policy. The recent PISA and PIAAC results expose weaknesses and a deteriorating trend in many European countries. This is worrisome in the light of increasing demand for skills in the labour market. So what are the most urgent and affordable reforms that will ensure the international competitiveness of our education systems today and in the near future?
Background paper on education (pdf)
Northern Future Forum 2014 – Country issues
- Competiveness of educational systems - Estonia
- Promoting creation of new innovative firms in Estonia
- Description of some of the key features of the high-growth innovative enterprise ecosystem
- Turning the trend in education
- The need to enhance innovation and create new jobs and enterprises in the aftermath of an economic crisis
- The Icelandic White Paper on Educational Reform: Improving Education and Competence in a New Century
- How to promote creation of new innovative firms: Lithuania perspective
- How to ensure the competiveness of our education systems: Lithuania perspective
- An education system that fosters competitiveness – Norway
- Norwegian policies to promote creation of innovative firms
- The challenges facing the UK in the fields of innovation
- “The challenges in making our education system more globally competitive and how we are using ICT to do so”