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News Report of Global University President Forum 2021 London (3)

University President Forum To address the global development trends, challenges and opportunities in the global higher education in the pandemic era

1. Overall Context of the Forum The main goal of the University President Forum is to explore the new normal and rethinking of the global trends, opportunities and challenges of the universities and colleges in the global higher education sector in the COVID-19 era, inspire current and strategic thinking, provide a platform for exploring linkages and mechanisms, and explore appropriate and effective modes of delivering sustainability without compromising the mission and vision of the universities. We are pleased to announce that our goal has been achieved that on the 10th of December 2021, Global University President Forum 2021 London with the Strategic Theme of New Normal and Rethinking, Building Quality Higher Education Systems Global Trends, Opportunities and Challenges in the Global Higher Education in the pandemic era, co-organized by United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and China Association for Management of Technology (CAMOT), in collaboration with Research Center for Technological Innovation (RCTI), Tsinghua University and co-hosted by the University of Law (ULaw) and ELITE Innovation College Cambridge (EICC), was successfully held online with Zoom webinar. However, due to the outbreak of Omicron new variant, with consideration of various factors and challenges particularly the UK government health regulation, and the time difference of all the speakers and participants around the world, the event was entirely held online via Zoom webinar. The well scheduled offline event with opening and closing ceremony at ULaw, London had to be cancelled. However, this did not prevent the event in making a great success. It has genuinely become one of the most prestigious and influential grand gathering for the global thinkers and innovators to address the global development trends, opportunities and challenges in the global higher education in the pandemic era.

The Forum VIP room opened at between 08:30 – 09:00 am. 2. Opening Ceremony of the Forum We were very pleased to notice that 20 university presidents, vice chancellors, leaders, innovators and schalors including Vassilis Konstantinou, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Law, UK, Professor Richard Li-Hua, General Convenor, University President Forum 2021 London, Professor Maurits Van Rooijen, Chief Executive Academic (Rector) Global University System, UK, Professor Tim Nichol, Pro Vice Chancellor, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, Professor TU Shandong, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Former Vice President of East China University of Science and Technology, China, Professor Philip G. Laird, Vice President, Innovation, Global and Academic Partnerships, Trinity Western University, Canada, Professor Yinshan Tang, Vice Dean of Henley Business School, Reading University, UK, Dr Abdul Almhdie, Associate Vice President of Global Engagement, EICC and Akram Momammed, Director of Global Operation, EICC, etc. attended the Opening Ceremony. In his Opening Remarks, Professor Richard Li-Hua expressed his gratitude to UNAI, Research Centre of Technology Innovation, Tsinghua University and the host, ULaw in London, which provided the venue and all-round support to this event. “Over a decade, we, UNAI and CAMOT, have been successfully organizing international conferences and forums with global universities, including Tsinghua University (2014 CAMOT Conference) and the University of Cambridge (2016 CAMOT Conference) with university presidents, vice-chancellors, deans, experts, scholars, government officials, and doctoral candidates in the field of the global higher education participated in the events”, Professor Li-Hua highlighted. In fact, this is first time that the global education community has witnessed that CAMOT International Conference has been upgraded onto a very successful Global University President Forum.

As we are all aware, the world is now a different place to the one we knew. From survive to thrive we need to be more imaginative, innovative and creative when socio-economic paradigms break down as we see they are currently doing. However, there is an opportunity for innovation, entrepreneurship and experimentation in the global higher education to tackle the digital landscape, internationalization and global engagement areas so as to identify innovative solutions, new working approaches, innovative services and sustainable processes that create positive change in the global higher education. “In the pandemic era, technology enhanced learning and digitalization plays a key role for the continuity of the education and learning. More emerging online innovative universities have begun to penetrate the global higher education systems which post challenges in changing the traditional university model of 800 years old. No doubt, this unprecedented impact caused by the pandemic would ultimately lead to a great revolution in the global higher education”. Professor Richard Li-Hua further elaborated and raised foundamental questions as follows. How will the global higher education evolve over the next 20 years? How can governments and education institutions take the challenges and make the most of the opportunities in the post COVID-19 era?

Vassilis Konstantinou, Pro Vice Chancellor, The University of Law, UK, delivering his welcome remarks at the Opening Ceremony of University President Forum 2021 London

Professor Richard Li-Hua, General Convenor, University President Forum 2021 London, delivering his opening remarks at the Opening Ceremony of University President Forum 2021 London

Professor Maurits Van Rooijen, Chief Executive Academic (Rector), Global University System, UK, delivering his welcome remarks at the Opening Ceremony of University President Forum 2021 London

Professor Philip G. Laird, Vice President, Innovation, Global and Academic Partnerships, Trinity Western University, Canada, delivering his remarks at the Opening Ceremony of University President Forum 2021 London

Professor Tim Nichol, Pro Vice Chancellor, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, delivering his remarks at the Opening Ceremony of University President Forum 2021 London

Professor TU Shandong, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Former Vice President of East China University of Science and Technology, China delivery his remarks at the Opening Ceremony of University President Forum 2021 London 3. Our Distinguished High-profile Keynote Speakers The Forum was scheduled into Morning Session: Theme 1: Global Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges in the Global Higher Education in Post Covid-19 Era and the Afternoon Session: Theme 2: Transformational Leadership with Resilience during the Post Covid-19 and the Future of Global Higher Education followed by a Plenary Session with questions and answers as well as discussion. We were privileged that we have secured 42 distinguished world known speakers, presidents, vice chancellors, thinkers and innovators delivered their speeches virtually or with a pre-recorded video, including:

Topic: Building Excellence in Higher Education in Singapore delivered by Professor Arnoud De Meyer, Former President, Singapore Management University, Singapore

Topic: Role of Academia in the Post-COVID World delivered by Mr. Robert Skinner, Chief, United Nations Academic Impact

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