ERIC Number: EJ818950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-2
Reference Count: N/A
"An Engine of Diversity"
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v25 n17 p22-23 Oct 2008
This article features North Carolina's Research Triangle Park (RTP), which provides research and career opportunities for the region and creates a diverse work force. The convergence of higher education and research at the famed RTP has been all but idyllic for years. What happened there is a strong example of how regions can start their own home-grown, bootstrap efforts to harness local brains and draw in scientific research. North Carolina Central University (NCCU), an historically Black university near the RTP, has recently opened a new $20 million Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) center, which is designed specifically to train crops of budding researchers and link them with the internships and jobs that the RTP offers. The point of BRITE is to select promising students and launch them in the fields of biotechnology and biomanufacturing while working closely with the companies in the research triangle. Besides planning for a new building, just opened this summer, BRITE officials are busy developing a curriculum that could ease NCCU students into commercial laboratories.
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Employment Opportunities, Education Work Relationship, Labor Force Development, Research and Development Centers, Brain Drain, Regional Planning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina