Andrew Jenkins has called for action to prevent talent and skills leaving Northern Ireland.
Reportedly, a third of students move to the rest of the UK to study due to lack of options.
The country has been reaching out globally to tackle its skills shortage.
However, Jenkins says the talent is there but more university places are needed.
What does this mean?
These comments were made on the weekend the Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell, visited Northern Ireland to encourage companies to take part in trade missions. The envoy called for “joined up thinking” and collaboration.