As a knowledge city, Melbourne will use the collective power of mind and experience to drive the city's prosperity, its ability to compete globally and the quality of life its people enjoy. Melbourne will support a well-resourced education and research system producing a highly skilled and talented workforce. It will celebrate and promote its scientific research institutions and science based businesses as generators of innovation in the city. It will have a vibrant, collaborative, city-based lifelong learning culture. This knowledge culture will be enabled and amplified by a universal and dynamic online culture that connects its people to each other and to the world.
Cities in the 21st century are becoming powerful places for the creation and exchange of new ideas and rapid developments in the fields of science. They are transforming these into the innovations that drive their economies and underpin their prosperity and sustainability. These are knowledge cities. Melbourne today is a knowledge city with substantial assets. These need to be developed, accelerated and celebrated.
Melbourne will develop its world-class universities, excellent schools and scientific institutions and businesses to rank among the world's best centres for research and innovation. It will be a place where people of all ages, cultures and abilities from all parts of the city can access affordable education. Ideas and research will be transformed into innovative goods and services, supported by a vibrant culture of enterprise and venture capital investment who enjoy easy access to some of the brightest and leading scientists in their fields.
The municipality will be a place with dynamic and adaptable educational, scientific, cultural and business environments that keep abreast of emerging issues and trends; a place that creates and shares knowledge and information across business, industry, government and community and philanthropic organisations. Students, researchers and start-up enterprises are crucial for a vibrant knowledge city, so the cost of living and working in Melbourne must, by international standards, be affordable for these people.
Learning in the city will also happen informally through all manner of interactions between people, from a science talk in a pub to a museum exhibition. The city will provide manifold avenues to explore ideas in formal and informal ways, value all forms of learning and treat education as a lifelong process.
The city will need the state-of-the-art telecommunications and information infrastructure and facilities so its people can be leaders in the online world of knowledge and innovation. These tools will enable collaborative networks of knowledge communities that connect locally and across the globe.
Topic revision: r82 - 16 Jan 2009 - 16:06:48 - SandraWade