Kauffman Foundation News (3/29/11): Kauffman Foundation Ideas at Work – March 2011

Ideas and Insights
This edition of Ideas at Work features an essay by Ben Wildavsky, whose book, The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities are Reshaping the World, looks at trends of higher education institutions in other countries, and the intense international competition for students among universities around the world. Wildavsky’s new book, Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation, is due to be released in April.

Understanding the Great Brain Race In Higher Education By Ben Wildavsky
Senior Fellow, Research and Policy
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

For decades, research universities in the United States have been universally acknowledged as the world’s leaders in science and engineering, unsurpassed since World War II in the sheer volume and excellence of the scholarship and innovation they generate.

But there are growing signs that the rest of the world is gaining ground fast-building new universities, improving existing ones, competing hard for the best students, and recruiting U.S.-trained Ph.D.s to return home to work in university and industry labs.

Is the international scholarly pecking order about to be overturned?

Read the essay…>> http://www.kauffman.org/education/understanding-the-great-brain-race.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_03_2011

More news from the Foundation:
Study Shows Rise in ‘Jobless Entrepreneurship’
The annual Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity shows that, while the 2010 startup rate remains the highest in fifteen years, lack of other options may have pressed more individuals into business ownership, most of them are going it alone, rather than starting companies that employ others. Read more…>>http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/jobless-entrepreneurship-tarnishes-steady-rate-of-us-startup-activity.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_03_2011

Great Recession Slowed Job Creation to 29-Year Low
A new Kauffman-funded report offers the best indications to date of how businesses coped during the recession. In 2009, at the depth of the Great Recession, the economy saw historically large declines in job creation rates from startup and existing firms, while job losses also increased. These findings and more were released in a brief on the latest update to the Census Bureau’s Business Dynamics Statistics, which provides annual business data on U.S. firms and establishments with paid employees from 1976 to 2009. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/job-creation-in-the-us-hits-29-year-low-at-peak-of-great-recession-according-to-new-census-bureau-data.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_03_2011

Attention Turns to U.S. Immigrant Entrepreneurs
A national media outlet and a law journal have bolstered arguments to revise current U.S. policies that severely limit the number of visas available to highly skilled immigrants. Veteran journalist Tom Brokaw’s special report on the NBC Nightly News cited Kauffman Foundation research to demonstrate that immigration rules are roadblocks for enterprising foreigners who want to stay in the United States to create companies and jobs. A new Fordham Urban Law Journal article encourages federal policy change as a means for the United States to more fully benefit from highly skilled immigrants’ growth-enhancing contributions. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/law-journal-article-bolsters-argument-for-policy-change-regarding-immigrant-entrepreneurs.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_03_2011

Kauffman Foundation Teams with StartupDigest
The Kauffman Foundation is a proud sponsor of StartupDigest, a members-only online community connecting the worldwide startup and tech network by informing individuals of startup events, job opportunities, and educational content in their areas. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newroom/kauffman-foundation-teams-up-with-startupdigest-to-exand-reach-of-entrepreneurial-network.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_03_2011

Paper Shows ‘Great Potential’ for Afghanistan Entrepreneurship
Despite decades of conflict, corruption, and insecurity, Afghanistan has unrecognized and untapped economic potential in its private sector, according to “Bactrian Gold: Challenges and Hope for Private-Sector Development in Afghanistan,” the second paper in the Kauffman Foundation’s Expeditionary Economics Research Series. The series reconsiders the United States’ approach to economic development in areas affected by conflict and natural disasters. Read more…>>http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-foundation-expeditionary-economics-paper-shows-great-potential-for-afghanistan-entrepreneurship.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_03_2011

Startup Bus Tour Stops at Kauffman
Entrepreneurs on an innovative road trip from Chicago, Illinois, to Austin, Texas, stopped by the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, to talk startups with other founders and the Foundation’s entrepreneurship experts. The entrepreneurs traveled together to build, launch, and eventually pitch their ideas for startup businesses to a group of investors at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/chicago-startup-bus-stops-at-kauffman-en-route-to-sxsw.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_03_2011