Work hard, have fun: creative, innovative survival tips from top professor

Professor Bengt-Åke Lundvall, an Ambassador of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, came online from Denmark on 12 March to debate with students and teachers from different locations in Europe. They discussed education in the learning economy and what key skills are needed to survive in a creative and innovative world.

Professor Bengt-Åke Lundvall, who teaches at Aalborg University in Denmark, developed the idea of “innovation as an interactive process” and is a co-author of the concepts “national innovation system” and “learning economy”. Professor Lundvall says that his teaching methods are “based upon project work and intense interaction with students by using the Internet in combination with my lectures, which make learning fun”.

The debate involved 13 schools from ten countries as well as a group of Swedish teachers who were visiting some European institutions in Brussels on the same day.

The participants asked questions about creativity and innovation and in particular about the skills that young people need to face the challenges of the present-day world. In one of his responses Professor Lundvall said:

I think that people who work hard while having fun are the ones who get the best life career and contribute most to society. Having broad and mixed experience and many different kinds of contacts is very valuable as well. The more students use what they learn and express it, the better they learn it.

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07/04/2009 by: Petru Dumitru