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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, g