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EDUCATION & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
"Skills have become the global currency of the 21st Century. Without proper investment in skills, people languish on the margins of society, technological progress does not translate into economic growth, and countries can no longer compete in an increasingly knowledge-based global society."
Source: OECD Secretary-General Mr Angel Gurria
The above quote shows just how integral education and skills are in growing the economy. A recent study showed the University of Waikato and its students generated $791m in the Waikato economy last year. Over the past few years Priority One, together with SmartGrowth (the sub-regional growth management strategy), has focused significant effort on enhancing tertiary and research provision in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.
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