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RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal 2007, 4 2

Author: Tapio Varis

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RUSC.
Universities and Knowledge Society Journal E-ISSN: 1698-580X dbindexing@uoc.edu Universitat Oberta de Catalunya España Varis, Tapio New technologies and innovation in higher education and regional development RUSC.
Universities and Knowledge Society Journal, vol.
4, núm.
2, octubre, 2007, pp.
16-24 Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Barcelona, España Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=78011231010 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Universitat Oberta de Catalunya http:--rusc.uoc.edu Monograph “Universities and Regional Development: the challenge in the era of the globalisation of higher education” ArTiclE New technologies and innovation in higher education and regional development Tapio Varis Date of presentation: June 2007 Date of acceptation: June 2007 Date of publication: October 2007 Abstract According to the Academy of Finland and Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, there are two prominent driving forces in today’s global operating environment.
The first is the trend towards increasing mobility; the second is the growing interdependence of different parts of the world, their increasing interaction and cooperation in the economy, production, social development, communications and human exchange.
In today’s global and technological world, learning has become increasingly important to all people and all communities.
It is widely understood that the most important skills of the future will be communication skills.
Today, everyone is able to access vast amounts of data without a mediator.
Critical thinking skills are needed as a productive and positive activity. Critical thinkers see the future as open and malleable, not as closed and fixed.
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