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News report of EICC Global Innovation Webinar Series(2)--April 2021

Updated: Jun 8, 2021


New Normal and Rethinking:

Global Innovation in Post COVID-19 Era


Strategic Themes: Global Trends, Opportunities and Challenges in Post Covid-19 Era for International Collaboration in the Global Higher Education, Global Economy and Science & Technology Innovation

Strategic Theme for April 2021: Creativity and Innovation

On the 30th April 2021, the Global Innovation Webinar was held. This Webinar is continuously co-organized by United Nation Academic Impact (UNAI), Research Centre of Technology Innovation, Tsinghua University and China Association for Management of Technology (CAMOT), and is hosted by ELITE Innovation College Cambridge (EICC), United Kingdom.

The spread of the Covid-19 epidemic has had a significant impact and implication on the operation of the world economy, the global governance system, the international political landscape and global higher education. The O2O (online and offline) innovative education platform has now been playing an even more important role. How does human society develop? Where is the driving force for development? There is no doubt that the ability of social innovation and technological innovation is crucial. Innovation is the driving force for human development. Conceptual innovation, theoretical innovation, technological innovation, and social management innovation are all the driving forces that promote the development of human society. We believe that conceptual innovation and theoretical innovation are primary. Imagine that if there is no conceptual and theoretical innovation in human society, then all other innovations are empty talks, which will undoubtedly stand still.


China Embracing innovation, also regarded as innovation for peace, is a strategic model of the wise who are seeking common development, sharing resources and win-win solution. It not only resolves the paradox of China's economy with sustained, high-speed and stable development within 40 years, analyzes the path of China's peaceful rise, but also explains how China put the epidemic under control on time,

The theme of webinar for this month is Creativity and Innovation. The distinguished speakers at this webinar include Shatrughna Sinha, Deputy Consul General of India, New York, USA, Dr. Li Pengde, Member of Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference(CPPCC), Vice President, China Geological Survey(CGS), and Jim Dong, 5G Solution Architect of Huawei (UK).


At the beginning of the Webinar, Professor Richard Li-Hua, the founder of China Embracing Innovation theory and President of ELITE Innovation College Cambridge gave his welcome remarks to the participants and audience from China, the UK, France, Portugal, Australia, the United States, Singapore, and other countries. Professor Richard Li-Hua expressed in his speech: “Welcome to our second Global Innovation Webinar. Thanks to our co-organizers, speakers, global participants and our global and local team. The strategic theme of this month is Creativity and Innovation. We promote innovation, push innovation and celebrate innovation. On the World Innovation Day, 21st April, I published an article, entitled as: To prevent Thucydides Trap with Embracing Innovation. I am delivering a keynote on China Embracing Innovation: Peace, Dignity and Equality on the 12th May in another global webinar.”

The pandemic, a global issue, has had significant impact on the world economy, the global higher education and the collaboration on science and technology. However, we are seeking innovative solutions and fresh perspectives in the global village. Where does the world go? How does the human society develop? How do we tackle the climate change? How to maintain world peace, dignity and equality? We believe that the world is looking at INNOVATION. It is the integration between social innovation and technology innovation. It is about strategic management of technology and innovation and the delivery of sustainability. What I would like to highlight is that technology, innovation and digitalization are the driving forces of today. You will hear the fresh perspectives from our 3 distinguished world class speakers how they believe and use technology, innovation and digitalization in tackling global challenges, global economy, global data governance, global science and technology collaboration through global innovation. That is why we have this Global Innovation Webinar series.”

Professor Richard Li-Hua


Shatrughna Sinha, Deputy Consul General of India, New York, USA gave a speech about "Technology: A Road Towards A More Cooperative World Order?" In this speech, he mentioned that many civilian technologies has been widely used today such as computers, the Internet and GPS, all of which originated in military laboratories. Although non-military technologies have spread quickly around the world, riding on the back of collaborative culture in the scientific community, global competition for “new world” technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum computing has intensified. The development of “Internet of Things” has surpassed. While countries are still competing for territory, the geopolitics of technology is likely to gain salience in the near future, and geopolitical competition will shape a new world order in ways that are likely to increase disparities between states.

He further mentioned that several countries and “Big Tech” companies like Facebook and Google have been accused of misusing private user data for commercial gain. These developments demonstrate that as digital platforms gain more importance in the world economy, the battle over data is only likely to intensify. While we still do not have a global data governance model, there is already an urgency to institute an artificial intelligence governance structure. As the COVID-19 virus rampaged through continents, the need for a collaborative approach in vaccine development, patient-care, supply of medicines and protective gear was evident. He finally called for the need of developing a collaborative global framework for sharing of technologies between the rich and the poor, the developing and the developed nations.

Mr Shatrughna Sinha


Dr. Li Pengde, Member of Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Vice President, China Geological Survey (CGS) gave a speech on: Innovating Geospatial Big Data Ecosystem for a Better Global Digital Economy.


First, he explained from the following aspects about digital economy in the new era: a new engine of global economic recovery, key characteristics factors, influencing of digital economy development and basis development tendency.


Second, he demonstrated the definition of Digital Economy. It is a series of economic activities with the use of digital knowledge and information as the key production factors, modern information network as an important carrier, and the effective use of information and communication technology (ICT) as an important driving force for efficiency improvement and economic structure optimization. It has a foundation, the new element foundation and four columns including industrial digitization, agricultural digitization, digital service industry and digital public services. Market guarantee, governance guarantee, and development guarantee are its guarantees. Internet and mobile internet have become the real ties of society. Industrial internet has become the new infrastructure. Platform economy brings multi-factor integration and cloud services.


Third, he briefly introduced the advancements of Geospatial Big Data. What is the situation in Key Countries? How does it work in the system of GNSS/S&M/RS/GIS? And what is its applications (for example, Smart City/Precision Agriculture/Public Health Service/Construction Engineering)? At last, Dr. Li Pengde discussed opportunities for Geospatial Big Data industry.

Dr. Li Pengde


The topic of Jim Dong in this webina is “5G Innovations Enable Industry Digital Transformation”. At present, 5G, as a key investment direction of China's new infrastructure, has been deployed on a large scale across the country. The scale and progress of China's 5G construction has been at the forefront of the world. As the fifth-generation mobile, cellular technology, network and solution, 5G is expected to bring major changes to mobility and is the main driving force for the development of the Internet of Things. We are moving towards more and more complex and smarter technology. The characteristics of 5G may change the meaning of mobile communications, thereby realizing a revolution in an interconnected society.

As a bridge, 5G will connect a wealth of industry terminals, combined with the computing power of edge-cloud collaboration provided by ope