Updated: Sep 23, 2021
Series of Global Innovation Webinar
New Normal and Rethinking: Global Innovation in Post COVID-19 Era
Global Trends, Opportunities and Challenges
in Post Covid-19 Era for International Collaboration in the Global Higher Education, Global Economy and Science & Technology Innovation
Peace, Dignity and Equality on a Healthy Planet
Theme of the Month:
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Global Higher Education in Post COVID-19
Entrepreneurship is more than simply “starting a business.” Entrepreneurship is a process through which individuals identify opportunities, allocate resources and create value. This creation of value is often through the identification of unmet needs or through the identification of opportunities for making change. Entrepreneurship is not simply an inherited trait but to significant extent can be learned and developed. Technological, social and educational entrepreneurs are often more highly educated than the population average. Entrepreneurs often see “problems” not only as challenges but also as opportunities, then take action to identify the solutions to those problems and the clients who will pay to have those problems solved.
The term of “innovation” never stops shining when Joseph Schumpeter, an Austrian economist, coined the term in his book “Economic Development Theory” in 1912. Innovation is central to the wellbeing of societies, as well as to the health and growth of commercial companies. Innovation is found to be statistically three times more important to growth than other attributes or factors. Innovativeness, including a propensity to engage in new idea-generation and experimentation, is associated with performance and so is pro-activeness. It represents a great leverage in creating economic value. Innovation manifests itself in many ways and is hazardous to predict, both in its timing and its consequences. The penalty for not innovating is enormous. Technological innovation, the successful exploration and commercialization of new ideas, must underpin ever higher value-adding products, services and processes. Innovation is not limited to technological innovation only but more diversified. Innovation leads to the future and changes the world.
In this challenging time, no doubt universities have a strong commitment in providing the education of innovation and entrepreneurship, but themselves need to become more innovative and entrepreneurial. Universities needs strategic thinking and creative thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship, global and local engagement, with firm grasp of state of art technology and innovation.
In his report "Our Common Agenda," issued earlier this month , United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres proposed convening a "summit of the future" which would "forge a new global consensus on what our future should look like and how we can secure it." Linked to this is the idea of a global digital compact to ensure that technologies are a force for good. Our conversation looks at our future in a post COVID age and the power of technology and innovation as forces for creative good by offering opportunities for the unleashing of entrepreneurial skill and talent in a truly global sense, bringing together societies as much as individuals through education.
You will hear fresh perspectives from our distinguished speakers on entrepreneurship, resilience, innovation and creativity that are vital in tackling opportunities and challenges in the global higher education in post COVID-19 era.
The main goal of this series of innovation forums is to explore the new normal and rethinking of the global innovation trends, opportunities and challenges in the post COVID-19 era, inspire current and strategic thinking, provide a platform for exploring linkages and mechanisms, and explore appropriate and effective modes of maintaining peace, embracing innovation and sustainability, strategic alliances between governments, universities and global firms, international trade, knowledge transfer and knowledge sharing, culture creativity and technology innovation and collaboration globally. Our intent is to provoke creative and innovative ideas, by bringing together various stakeholders, including academics, researchers, university presidents, deans of business schools, corporate leaders, policy makers, venture capitalists, managers, and senior students for exchange of ideas, research findings, current experiences, best practices, and lessons learned. The intellectual lens will rotate around addressing various questions of new normal and rethinking of global trends, opportunities and challenges in the post covid-19 era with a focus on maintaining world peace, dignity and equality in a healthy planet.
•United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)
•Research Centre for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University (RCTI), China
•China Association for Management of Technology (CAMOT)
•ELITE Innovation College Cambridge (EICC), United Kingdom
•UN New Media PeaceeverTV
New Normal, Internationalization, Globalization, Post COVID-19, Global Academic Impact, Global Economic Environment, Embracing Innovation, Global Responsible Leadership, Collaboration and Development for Education, Science and Technology Innovation
Duration: 90 minutes
Date: 27th September 2021 (Monday)
Time: 13:00-14:30 GMT UK
Format: Virtual / Zoom
Chaired by Ramu Damodaran
First Chief, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), 2010-2021