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News Report of EICC Global Innovation Webinar Series(3)-May 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 the May 2021: To address global issues with global innovation solution

On the 12th May 2021, the Global Innovation Webinar was held. This Webinar has been continuously co-organized by Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI), Association for Management of Technology (CAMOT), United Nation Academic Impact (UNAI) and hosted by Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação, Portugal and ELITE Innovation College Cambridge (EICC), United Kingdom.

The spread of the Covid-19 epidemic has had a major impact and implication on the operation of the world economy, the global governance system, and the international political landscape and the global higher education. The O2O (online and offline) innovative education platform has now been playing an even more important role. How did 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.

Not only resolving the paradox of China's economy with sustained, high-speed and stable development within 40 years, analyzing the path of China's peaceful rise, but also explaining how China put the epidemic under control on time, 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.

The theme speaker is Professor Richard Li-Hua, Founder and President, CAMOT, ELITE Innovation College Cambridge, United Kingdom, The three distinguished speakers are Professor Liu Yun, Associate Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Science, China, Professor Dominique Jolly, Chair of Walker School of Business and Technology, Webster University Geneva, Professor Zhou Yuan Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University Ph.D., University of Cambridge (UK), China.

At the beginning of the Webinar, Dr Sara Medina, Chief Executive Officer, SPI give her welcome remarks to the participants and audience from China, the UK, France, Portugal, Australia, the United States, and Singapore, and other countries.

Dr Sara Medina

Professor Richard Li-Hua gave the theme speech about “China Embracing Innovation: Peace, Dignity and Equality.” In his speech, he explained the difference and similarity of his two books in Chinese and in English. Chinese book is about the theory of Chinese Embracing Innovation. This English book is not only about innovation but also about the relation between China and the World.

He interpreted the definition of "Embracing innovation". It is a strategic model of the wise who are seeking common development, sharing resources and win-win solution. It is a social innovation with Chinese characteristics. It refers to a novel and innovative solution to a complicated social problem. The solution is more distinctive, effective and efficient, better, equitable and sustainable than the existing approach. Its four pillars: Embracing contradictions; Heading with the time; Seeking common ground while maintaining differences; Creating harmony and tolerance. It is classified as social innovation. It is more reflected in the superstructure and the ideological field. It contains two levels. First, it refers to concept and philosophy innovation, which is designed as a top guide to break the shackles of the spirit and help inspire people's thinking and problem-solving and issues of ideology and mentality in the superstructure. It delivers social and political sustainability. Second, it refers to innovation of science and technology, and technology-transfer-based innovation which co-ordinates the strategy of indigenous innovation and imitative innovation and delivers economic and environmental sustainability and helps to build a solid economic foundation.

The new book presents a new paradigm and a philosophical notion between contradiction, innovation, development and peace and their dialectical relation and the interrelatedness among them. In the traditional ways, it is difficult for people to identify the linkages among these concepts. It helps people understand the issues from the angle of the transcendence of the ancient Chinese philosophy – embracing contradiction stimulates innovation, fast development while engaging innovation and development lead to peace.

He asked questions: “Could US and China avoid Thucydides Trap? Could China’s Peaceful Rise Avoid Thucydides Trap?” He answered with a embracing innovation, up-grade of globalization(Win-win solution)US and China could avoid Thucydides Trap. He summarized that: “World needs conceptual and theoretical innovation. Without these, all the other innovations are empty talk, which will undoubtedly stand still.”

Professor Richard Li-Hua

Professor Liu Yun, Associate Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Science, China gave a speech about “Global Governance and South-South Cooperation of Science and Technology in Addressing the Climate Change”. In his speech, he talked about two main issues as follows.

The first issue was global governance research and analysis framework. He mentioned that global governance theory is the method of solving global problems through consultations between countries, or the theory of global affairs co-management oriented towards solving global problems. Also, he explained the elements and models of global governance, the main disciplines involved in global governance research, global governance literature co-cited network, and some research hot issues in recent years. He demonstrated that global governance research oriented to practical issues has gradually become a new trend, and global climate change and environmental governance have become hot spots. Changes in the international political and economic landscape have brought new challenges to global governance.

The second issue Professor Liu Yun mentioned was Typical Cases of Global Governance: South-South Cooperation of S&T to Address the Climate Change. He demonstrated that people living in developing countries suffered from negative impacts of climate change. South-South Cooperation is a mechanism established amongst developing countries for exchanging experience, technology and knowledge towards sustainable development, which has scored remarkable achievements and could play an important role in addressing climate change. He talked about the estimated technology needs of developing countries and also further explained China’s experience of addressing climate change through science and technology (S&T) in the following areas such as renewable energy, water utilization, agriculture and building materials.

In the end of his speech, Professor Liu Yun put forward some suggestions about climate change, which include building network of technology supply and demand in developing counties, well defined developing country priorities and technology needs and establishing mechanism for south-south cooperation on technology development and transfer are top priorities for south-south cooperation.

Professor Liu Yun

Professor Dominique Jolly, Chair of Walker School of Business and Technology, Webster University Geneva demonstrated the topic of “Europe Needs a Ministry of Sciences & Technology”. He highlighted several points as follows. First, he said that pandemic brought bad effects to the following industry such as the airline, transportation, stores and so on, but it would bring huge avenue to the pharmaceutical companies especially with the vaccine. He also mentioned that digital transport and digital healthcare would be a trend in the future. In the education industry, it becomes more difficult for the students and officers to cover the rules and it was hard for the Chinese students to go to the US due to the pandemic. Moreover, he mentioned the consequences of the pandemic that it was hard to realize the win-win.

Second, he explained that China moved on very quickly and efficiently especially in the technology creation and development such as 5G. This pandemic could be a move to a new paradigm. He further explained that we moved the cost-deliver R&D to marketing-deliver R&D. The new paradigm is very clear that we are moving to another stage, which is knowledge-deliver R&D. Then he further demonstrated the current situation of Europe and opportunities between China and Europe. At last, he also showed the importance of the coordination, unity and diversity regarding technology and creation.

Professor Dominique Jolly

The topic of Professor Zhou Yuan is “Upgrading pathway of Intelligent Manufacturing in China: management and policy insights.” He analyzed the status of China’s manufacturing industry, explained the impact of incoming fourth industrial revolution, with China as an example, gave a proposed upgrading pathway in China“Parallel Running and Integrated Development”. Based on that, his policy suggestion is “nine initiatives”. At last, he predicted that: “ in the near future, it is expected that the broad and in-depth applications of newly emerged intelligent technologies will further improve the personalization, flexibility and customization of manufacturing capacities in terms of intelligent products, productions, factories, and services in the China's manufacturing sectors.”

Professor Zhou Yuan

In the Q&A section, the speakers discussed about the technology innovation in the pharmacy industry. Professor Richard Li-Hua thanked for the contribution of colleagues and talked about the needs of the science technology for the Europe to be the middle between the China and US. Professor Dominique Jolly talked about the influences and situation of the pandemic that it was very late to take action to fight against the pandemic in the Europe and US, and then he appealed a more efficient reaction mechanism. Professor Liu Yun discussed more about the global governance that it was not only for the government to plan the rules, but also the NGO plays an important to set the foundation.

At the end of the webinar Dr Sara Medina expressed her gratitude to all the speakers and participants.

Participants from over 12 countries around the world shared the ideas and concepts of the world's top innovation experts and scholars. They asked for contact information, hoping to further participate in the topic.

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Profile of ELITE Innovation College Cambridge (EICC) ELITE Innovation College Cambridge was born during the pandemic with a mission tolead and push innovation in education and development. ELITE carries impact and significant connotation. We are privileged to educate students from around the global village. ELITE is an acronym of E-Learning of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship within an O2O innovation university in the global higher education. Almost all the universities and colleges are currently delivering courses online based upon the MOOC experiences since the outbreak of Covid-19. Our intention of establishment of ELITE O2O (online and offline) Innovative Education Platform is an exploration of an innovative education pedagogy of integrating the delivery of students learning experiences and education ethos with a global vision embedded in the teaching and learning strategy built into the technological system of O2O innovation university. Our commitment to excellence and innovation makes studying with ELITE Innovation College Cambridge a rewarding experience. Such a learning model demonstrates how various features and objectives of an innovative and entrepreneurial university be created, translated, articulated and achieved. The distinctiveness of this model lies in the unique design of delivery mode that is decided not only with the impact of the virus but also by the nature of knowledge, i.e. explicit knowledge is delivered online while tacit knowledge is transferred and transmitted through face-to-face.

Our college in many respects, is regarded as a globally-connected innovative and entrepreneurial university. With our forward-looking global vision, we are well positioned with strong features in the global higher education in the 21st century.

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