Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Education and innovation in Burundi

Many forms of innovation require formal education.  In medical sciences, for example, innovation often comes from large teams of people with biology doctorates.  However, other forms of innovation may not require many highly educated staff, as it may not have much technological demand, or could be handled by a small team.

Here's a graph of the percentage of Burundian companies who have recently innovated in new products, plotted against the percentage of the workforce who completed high school:

Source for data: http://www.enterprisesurveys.org/

It doesn't look like there is a strong relation between widespread high school education in companies and innovation.  Perhaps university education might give a different result.

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