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News Report of EICC Global Staff Meeting

Updated: Oct 29, 2021

EICC Global Staff and EICC Friends and Associates Meeting was successfully held and hosted by Professor Richard Li-Hua, Founder and President of EICC at ST Johns Innovation Centre, Cambridge, on the 27th of August 2021, with EICC staff, friends and associates from 8 countries attending this wonderful online and offline event.

St Johns Innovation Centre, Cambridge


Opening Speech

Professor Richard Li-Hua, Founder and President

At the beginning of meeting, Professor Richard Li-Hua expressed his warm welcome to colleagues in eight different countries. He summarized what has been so far achieved in EICC since the formal launch of EICC last November.

He highlighted that we have reached an important milestone that we’ve obtained a "degree-granting power partner" to achieve the function of self-creation of blood and lay a solid foundation for the next step to obtain the university’s title and degree-granting power. We successfully signed a strategic cooperation agreement with University of West Scotland (UWS) through a franchise model to deliver the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Project Management, Master of Digital Marketing and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), with extra curriculum by combing with our ELITE unique courses related to Innovation Management, Technology Management, Global Entrepreneurship and Global Leadership Development. Students who complete their studies successfully will obtain a degree certificate from UWS. In addition, we also signed strategic cooperation agreements with Ulster University, Canterbury Christ Church University, etc.

Secondly, we reached an agreement that in collaboration with China Association of Higher Education Association (CAHE), and United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and University of Law (ULaw), to co-organize "University Presidents Forum" in London (University of Law, London, UK) and Guangzhou (Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China) on December 10-12 this year. We have shared the list of more than 100 high-level, high-standard, and well-known university presidents to be invited by both parties. This forum will help EICC build a global reputation, a strong marketing position and a global university alliance.

Thirdly, we have been successfully continuously holding the "Global Innovation Webinar", co-organized with the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), Research Center for Technology Innovation (RCTI), Tsinghua University and the China Association for Management of Technology (CAMOT), to expand our global influence. Our distinguished speakers include senior officials of the United Nations and OECD, former national leaders, university presidents, experts and scholars. The guests attending the conference were from China, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Portugal, the United States, Singapore, Australia, the United States, and Canada.

Professor Richard Li-Hua highlighted that I am pleased that we have a dedicated global team, which is the key to enable EICC to deliver a great success. He also made arrangement for prioritizing some key matters and works in the coming new academic years.



Paul Palmer, HR Director

HR Director, Paul Palmer, who has an extensive background in human resources management, having worked with global firms during his over 30 years of experiences in business, expressed that teamwork was super important for an organization’ future. He showed his confidence in this global team and the future of EICC.

Professor John Han, Co-founder

Professor John Han, Co-founder of EICC, is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Davis College in the United States, shared his entrepreneurial story as a case study of making EICC a great success. He introduced how he built and managed Davis College from 0 to 1 and from 1 to n. He explained some key points to the success of a university, which include teamwork, making proper strategy with clear vision, mission, goal and plan, different leadership style and execution plan, results-oriented with passion and positive attitude. In addition, he emphasized, “Professor Richard Li-Hua has a strong leadership with resilience. We have almost everything in place. I am pretty sure this EICC journey will be successful.” He stated that EICC is heading in the right direction under the current pandemic situation. In addition, he showed how lessons learned from Davis College to support the success of EICC that we focus on different academic areas, but we shared the similar vision, mission, goal, and plan, as well as leadership style, which was the reason why he was confident to help with the development of EICC.

Professor Yinshan TANG, Strategic Advisor

Yinshan TANG, Strategic Advisor of EICC, who is the Vice Dean of Henley Business School, Reading University, UK, expressed that he shared the same vision with Professor Richard Li-Hua and had determination together with the team to lead EICC a bright future. He stated three pointes. Firstly, we had a great vision. The 800 years’ education model was faced a big challenge during the pandemic. He mentioned that a few years ago, Professor Richard Li-Hua believed that there was new way to deliver the education in the era of digitalization. With the convenient internet system, we were better connected among different cultures and countries. He highlighted the cultural differences, which is not only on the conversation, culture or knowledge, but also depends on how we deliver and how we learn. Because EICC applies the online and offline system, which help students and staff reduce the cultural differences. Secondly, he said that EICC had a unique and wonderful opportunity due to the pandemic. EICC’s O2O structure was great, which was fitted with the current situation. We should move faster to build a more stable foundation. Thirdly, Prof. Tang expressed that he witnessed the journey of the development of the College, which started from a little spark idea to today’s milestone. “I saw the very beginning of EICC, the picture in Professor Richard Li-Hua’s mind. Now we do have those fantastic people from 8 countries working together. We have moved forward so fast and reached somehow an important milestone. I believe with Professor Richard Li-Hua’s leadership and his talented hard working. Obviously the EICC’s future will be bright.”

Ramu Damodaran, Strategic Advisor

Ramu Damodaran, Strategic Advisor of EICC, is the first Chief of the United Nations Academic Impact (2010-2021). As an old friend of Professor Richard Li-Hua, he shared Professor Richard Li-Hua’ story of how he led CAMOT from an idea to a successful global academic institution. He remarked that “Winning is not about fighting. You can win with the securing of your dream and ambition. Enter 21st Century, we are in the situation where that we are having capability to take on responsibility in innovation. We need to look at the situation 20 or 40 years later and to see what we can do to create the College at that stage”. He showed the positive attitude and expected to work together with team to lead EICC a better future. He highlighted that human cannot control but manage nature innovation. He said he learned something from a lovely Chinese proverb: “A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” He mentioned that even though we didn’t know the answers, but we knew what we wanted to express and share. Responsible innovation is what we can control and manage. “Responsible Innovation Changes History and Realizes Dream. R-I-C-H-A-R-D, Richard, your name is the acronyms of this spirit”. In the end, Mr. Ramu Damodaran showed his gratitude and gave congratulations to EICC, a can-do team’s remarkable work.

Professor Haiquan Xia, Strategic Advisor for Global Engagement and Recruitment and Director of Offline Delivery Centre, Beijing, at EICC, and Dr. Tomaz Amon, Strategic Advisor for ICT at EICC also attended the event from Beijing and Ljubljana and showed their enthusiasm and confidence on EICC and they expressed that they are proud of being a team member of EICC.

Akram Mohammed, Director of Global Operation, EICC

Akram Mohammed, our Director of Global Operation, expressed that he was very surprised about what we had achieved so far, we signed a significant number of MoUs with partners, including those from China, US, UK and Singapore and many more. Akram, who had more than 20 years’ experiences in global operation and recruitment, expressed his confidence on the EICC’s convincing business model and he will fully committed to EICC’s global operation affairs and recruitment. He highlighted that he is proud of being a member in the team. We have right team and leadership.


Closing speech

EICC Global Staff Meeting was held very successfully. Global team from eight countries has shown the confidence of leading EICC a great success.

In the end of the meeting, Professor Richard Li-Hua expressed his gratitude to the strong commitment, engagement with and contribution to colleagues and the team in joining this exciting journey in the creation of this innovative university. He closed the event by repeating the Story again.

“The little peach tree was born in Tsinghua, grown up and settled in Cambridge.”

Professor Richard Li-Hua highlighted that since the CAMOT was established in 2006, with upholding responsible innovation we have made significant progress and breakthroughs. With embracing innovation and forward looking, we fully consider the impact of the epidemic on globalization and on global higher education. EICC was born during the pandemic has been with a mission of leading and pushing innovation.

Life influences life. People influence people. We are having more with positive, optimistic, dynamic and entrepreneurial people who work together and make EICC from survive to thrive and from College to University.

We look forward to working with more universities, colleges, and partners to realize co-construction, sharing resources, and having a win-win solution.

Profile of ELITE Innovation College Cambridge (EICC)

Our College

Our College was born during the pandemic with a mission to lead and push innovation. ELITE carries impact and significant connotation. 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 programmes, knowledge, contents and education ethos with a global vision embedded in the teaching and learning strategy built into the technological system of O2O innovation university.

Such a system demonstrates how various features and objectives of innovative and entrepreneurial university can be created, translated, articulated and achieved. The distinctiveness of this system is to highlight that the teaching and learning mode is decided not only with the impact of the virus but also by the nature of knowledge. Explicit knowledge is delivered online while tacit knowledge is transferred through face-to-face. ELITE Innovation College Cambridge (EICC), 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.

ELITE is an acronym of E-Learning of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship within an O2O innovation university in the global higher education. We are building four distinctive colleges based on the 15 years of scientific research and innovation accumulated by the [China Association for Management of Technology] (CAMOT) on the technology innovation platform of [ELITE Innovation College Cambridge]. Offline tutoring centers located in selected cities are closely connected. Through these colleges, at this stage we can build strong competitiveness and core advantages together with other academic colleges of the university.

Our O2O Structures

We continue to deliver our legacy and carry forward our footprints, our research philosophy and educational ethos and stress the organic and intrinsic linkage among attributes and/or factors between and among innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and global leadership and their complementarities. Hence our globally-connected university with strong features has been underpinned by the four pillars to enhance the student journey and employability:

· Innovation

· Technology

· Entrepreneurship

· Global leadership

Our teaching and learning pedagogy is to explore how competitive advantage and unique set of knowledge and skills can be delivered through strategic management of innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and global leadership and the organic linkages between and among them in business and management education and management practice.

By using our past experiences and global academic resources, we make every endeavour to convert this special knowledge into general education knowledge in the liberal arts education delivered though our well-crafted teaching and learning pedagogy in our well-established FOUR Colleges:

Camot College of Innovation

Camot College of Technology

Camot College of Entrepreneurship

Camot College of Global Leadership

For more information, please contact our Global Engagement Office at:

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