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ERIC Number: EJ795743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1474-9041
On Excellence through Competition
Winnacker, Ernst-Ludwig
European Educational Research Journal, v7 n2 p124-130 2008
Science has a long history in Europe, a continent of various national and regional cultures that is unified through common goals and values. This blend, says the author, should make the continent attractive for what the economist Richard Florida in his book "The Rise of the Creative Class" called a creative class: a blend of artists, scientists, engineers, writers and entertainers who, together, create an environment that identifies cities, regions and countries that are economically successful. Among Richard Florida's three Ts (talent, tolerance, technology), talent probably weighs most heavily. In this essay, the author asks whether Europe is dealing properly with this resource. This question and the attempt to answer it has led the author to ponder the connection between individual excellence, on one hand, and competition (or lack of it) as a prerequisite for the formation of excellence, on the other. The author expounds on the potential role of the European Research Council (ERC) in developing scientists in Europe. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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