The majority of students consider college after high school without a second thought, recognizing the many benefits a bachelor’s degree can provide them with. But something we often neglect, however, is the role they play in the community and the nation’s economy. In fact, many institutions throughout NJ utilize research and technology to greatly impact the state’s economy.
For this episode of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, show host Steve Aduabto, PhD., sat down with four leading New Jersey research institutions to discuss the impact of research and technology on quality-of-life issues. The gentlemen also discussed the importance of bringing jobs to their neighborhoods, bringing the pharmaceutical industry back to New Jersey, the importance of incubator businesses, the merits of technology and the societal impact of these changes.
Using Research to Improve the Economy
The segment’s guests include President of Rowan University, Ali A. Houshmand, PhD.; President of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Joel Bloom, EdD.; Senior Vice President of the Office of Research and Economic Development at Rutgers University, Christopher J. Molloy; and President of the Stevens Institute of Technology, Nariman Farvardin, PhD.
Of course, colleges and universities in the state play a major role outside of the classrooms. In fact, the relationship between higher education institutions and the business and industry communities has been changing in recent years.
“The early relationship was about the workforce,” said Bloom. “In the State of New Jersey, the science, technology and engineering workforce is critical… So the first reason that many of [the institutions] were created was to help create the workforce for the industry all the way back in the 1800s.
“What’s changed today,” he adds, “is the relationship between research & development and industry.”
Likewise, Bloom goes on to describe the decline of American research and scientific development facilities; he then asks, “So where is business and industry going? And what’s the role of the academy of academic institutions in business and industry?”
Meanwhile, you can hear more about the importance of research and development, technology, creating jobs and more below; for the full story, check out this episode of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato.
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