Leading scientist wants schools to promote creativity

A knowledge-based economy is not entirely based on science and technology, says Nobel prize-winning chemist Lee Yuan Tseh of Taiwan.

“It has more to do with the human capacity to dream and to make dreams come true,” he told the Catching the Knowledge Wave conference in Auckland this afternoon.

Dr Lee, who heads the Academia Sinica which runs a network of 25 research institutes in Taiwan, said his country is undergoing a learning transformation that will see greater attention paid to the arts, music, morality and physical education.

He said entrenched Confucian values lead Taiwanese parents, families and the whole society to expect their children to receive the best education at all costs.

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