Mass­a­chu­setts Gov. Deval Patrick said on Thursday morning at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity that edu­ca­tion, inno­va­tion and infra­struc­ture drive the devel­op­ment of growing economies. Mass­a­chu­setts, he added, has these traits in sur­plus, making the state an ideal busi­ness partner.

There’s a great oppor­tu­nity, it seems to me, in this glob­al­ized economy for Mass­a­chu­setts in par­tic­ular,” Patrick told busi­ness and aca­d­emic leaders at the start of Northeastern’s fourth annual Emerging Mar­kets Sym­po­sium, which was spon­sored by the university’s Center for Emerging Mar­kets. “This glob­al­ized economy is all about an explo­sion of knowl­edge, and we have that in spades.”

World-​​class research uni­ver­si­ties like North­eastern, Patrick said, not only drive the state’s economies but also make it an ideal busi­ness partner for emerging mar­kets in the BRIC coun­tries: Brazil, Russia, India and China.

He noted that an invest­ment in edu­ca­tion and inno­va­tion rep­re­sents a long-​​term com­mit­ment to eco­nomic growth in Mass­a­chu­setts, in the United States and in emerging mar­kets worldwide.

All of these things create jobs, but they also create a plat­form for future growth,” Patrick said in his remarks, which were fol­lowed by an open and engaging question-​​and-​​answer ses­sion with sym­po­sium attendees.

Patrick’s talk of eco­nomic devel­op­ment and job cre­ation was not just rhetoric: He and his admin­is­tra­tion are sup­porting a com­po­nent of pending eco­nomic devel­op­ment leg­is­la­tion, also known as the Speaker’s Jobs bill. About half of that $50 mil­lion pro­posal will be eli­gible for pri­vate research enti­ties like North­eastern, which focuses on eco­nomic devel­op­ment at levels across the uni­ver­sity, from the Center for Research Inno­va­tion to the student-​​run ven­ture accel­er­ator, IDEA.

Ravi Rama­murti, a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Inter­na­tional Busi­ness and Strategy in the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion and director of the Center for Emerging Mar­kets, described the annual sym­po­sium as an out­reach event for the greater Boston area’s busi­ness sector. The sym­po­sium, he said, was designed to share some of the field’s top aca­d­emic research with on-​​the-​​ground busi­ness professionals.

We do this to increase aware­ness of the impor­tance of emerging mar­kets for com­pa­nies and indi­vid­uals in Mass­a­chu­setts and, more broadly, in the United States,” Rama­murti said. “This is an impor­tant field with enor­mous potential.”

Pre­sen­ters at the sym­po­sium included Sanjay Mir­chan­dani, the chief infor­ma­tion officer and chief oper­a­tion officer of EMC Corp.’s Global Center of Excellence.

Mir­chan­dani stressed the impor­tance of inno­va­tion — or, as he put it, “the lifeblood of com­pa­nies like ours” — in a world where tech­nology is both rapidly changing and becoming glob­ally acces­sible because of advances like cloud com­puting. Lev­eling tech­nology access, he said, may help teams around the world col­lab­o­rate on the same projects, pro­viding new oppor­tu­ni­ties within one com­pany or between several.

I don’t think anyone in the world has a monopoly on inno­va­tion or talent,” he said. “It has to be about working well together.”

The sym­po­sium also included pre­sen­ta­tions by Luis Bon­nell, CEO of Lib­erty Inter­na­tional, and Giri Chakravarthi, pres­i­dent, Emhart-​​Asia, of Black& Decker, on “Cap­turing Busi­ness in Emerging Mar­kets: CEO Per­spec­tives”; Michael Can­talino, a 2012 North­eastern busi­ness grad­uate, and Eliz­a­beth A. Cher­chia, a cur­rent stu­dent, on “Social Entre­pre­neur­ship in Africa: Per­sonal Jour­neys”; Venetia Kon­to­gouris, man­aging director of Venkon Group LLC, on “Ven­ture Cap­ital and Pri­vate Equity in Emerging Mar­kets”; and Nigel Burton, chief mar­keting officer of Colgate-​​Palmolive, on “Serving Con­sumers in Emerging Mar­kets Profitably.”