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SERIES OF UNAI & CAMOT INNOVATION WEBINARS; NEW NORMAL AND RETHINKING: GLOBAL INNOVATION IN POST COVID-19 ERA. 

LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH, STARTING FROM 26TH FEB 2021

Date: 26th Feb 2021; Time: 13:00-14:30 BST UK 

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


Peace, Dignity and Equality on a Healthy Planet

Internationalization & Globalization versus Embracing Innovation

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. However, from a comprehensive, dialectical and historical perspective, the essential nature of the interdependence of the human society still exists. The basic elements of economic development, the objective laws of the global governance, the global academic impact of universities and colleges and maintaining peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet cannot be completely changed by an epidemic.


The economic globalization is one of the three main dimensions of globalization commonly found in academic literature, with the two others being political globalization and cultural globalization, as well as the general term of globalization. Economic globalization refers to the widespread international movement of goods, capital, services, technology and information. However, the world economy continues to grow. And the economies of the major OECD countries suffered during the pandemic but are all expected to grow. Emerging economies as a group continue to excel, the signature of the Regional Economic Partnership (RCEP) creates the largest free-trade zone which involves 30 % of the world population and contributes 30% of the world GDP, with China and India in particular remaining major drivers of the global expansion. China and India, according to PwC Report “The World in 2050”, will be the 1st and 2ndlargest economies by 2050.


Internationalization, globalization and embracing innovation are buzz words in the global higher education, which are on the top agenda of universities around the world in the post covid-19 era. Theoretically, internationalization can be conceptualized at several levels, including the world, region, nation, state, community, organization and individual. However, globalization is defined as the flow of technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, economy, knowledge, people, values and ideas … across border. Globalisation is seen as offering more opportunities for both developed and developing nations. Two of the main bases of globalization are information and innovation. They are highly knowledge intensive. Internationalization and fast-growing information industries produce knowledge goods and services and enable knowledge creation and transfer. The current epidemic has fact itself into the context of global higher education while the O2O (online and offline) innovative education platform has now been playing an even more important role.   

It has been widely recognized that with pressing challenges and impact imposed with current trends of anti-globalization, universities in the global higher education across the world must consolidate their global vision and institutionalize an international dimension to enable students to become global responsible leaders or full-fledged global competitors, and produce students capable to meet the complex challenges of globalization and secure the universities’ future. We believe that though internationalization is essential, in the meantime the imbedding of “innovation”, “entrepreneurship” “global mindset” as our education ethos to enhance student journey in the teaching and learning pedagogy also need to be highlighted in the process of internationalization in global higher education.

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. It refers to a novel and innovative solution to a complicated social problem. At the same time, it creates value for the benefit of society as a whole. We believe that the core connotation of the embracing innovation is that the elements of science and technology innovation and social innovation go hand in hand and complement each other. This is the driving force of national development and the soul of national prosperity.


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. 

Organizers:

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

Organization of Economic Collaboration and Development (OECD)

Research Centre for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University, China

China Association for Management of Technology (CAMOT)


Host Institution

ELITE Innovation College Cambridge, United Kingdom


Collaboration Partners

Chinese Students and Scholars Association, UK (CSSAUK)

Association of Self-funded Outstanding Student Award UK (ASOSA-UK)


Academic Sponsors:

Research Centre for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University, China

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centre, Guanghua Management School, Beijing University, China


Media Sponsorship:

UN New Media Peaceever TV

Outlook China

Tsinghua Management Review

UN Chronical

UNAI Newsletter


Key Words: 

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


Theme of the Month: Social Justice

In establishing the World Day of Social Justice on 20 February each year, the United Nations General Assembly recognized  that globalization and interdependence are opening new opportunities through trade, investment and capital flows and advances in technology, including information technology, for the growth of the world economy and the development and improvement of living standards around the world, while at the same time there remain serious challenges, including financial crises, insecurity, poverty, exclusion and inequality within and among societies, and considerable obstacles to further integration and full participation in the global economy for developing countries, as well as some countries with economies in transition.” Each of these has been exacerbated over the past year by the COVID 19 pandemic with its opportunities and challenges for international cooperation in the “Global Higher Education, Global Economy and Science & Technology Innovation”
sectors in particular. This series of conversational reflections focuses on the tasks ahead and our power to fulfil them through the effective management of technology in all its facets and forms.

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WEBINAR THEME AND SCHEDULE FOR 26TH FEB 2021

Theme of the Month: Social Justice

In establishing the World Day of Social Justice on 20 February each year, the United Nations General Assembly recognized  that globalization and interdependence are opening new opportunities through trade, investment and capital flows and advances in technology, including information technology, for the growth of the world economy and the development and improvement of living standards around the world, while at the same time there remain serious challenges, including financial crises, insecurity, poverty, exclusion and inequality within and among societies, and considerable obstacles to further integration and full participation in the global economy for developing countries, as well as some countries with economies in transition.” Each of these has been exacerbated over the past year by the COVID 19 pandemic with its opportunities and challenges for international cooperation in the “Global Higher Education, Global Economy and Science & Technology Innovation”
sectors in particular. This series of conversational reflections focuses on the tasks ahead and our power to fulfil them through the effective management of technology in all its facets and forms.

Date: 26th, February, 2021 

Time: 13:00-14:30 BST UK 

Language: English

Format: Virtual / Zoom 


Opening:

Chair, Professor Richard Li-Hua, Founder and President, CAMOT, ELITE Innovation College Cambridge, United Kingdom


Remarks by Ramu Damodaran, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

Remarks by Professor Jin Chen, Tsinghua University

Remarks by Jonas Wilcks, OECD

Panel discussion

Panelists: 

  • Professor Mark Esposito, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, USA (TBC)

  • Professor Jin Chen, Research Centre for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University, China

  • Dr Padmini Murthy, New York Medical College, USA

  • Professor Maurits Van Rooigen, Global University System, UK


Convenor:  Dr Lucy Lu, London School of Commerce, UK


Panel Discussion: Question and Answer

Closing


Organizers Profiles


United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

UNAI is an initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the realization of United Nations goals and mandates, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution. Since 2010, UNAI has created a vibrant and diverse network of students, academics, scientists, researchers, think tanks, institutions of higher education, and educational partners.  There are over 1400 member institutions in more than 145 countries that reach nearly 25 million people in the education and research sectors around the world. The work of these institutions is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals as they serve as incubators of new ideas, inventions and solutions to the many global challenges we face.  United Nations Academic Impact provides the integral link between the UN and these stakeholders to ensure that the international community harnesses the energy and innovation of young people and the research community in service to humanity.

Research Centre for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University (RCTI)

RCTI has been pursuing excellence in theoretical research in innovation and in facilitating decision-making at the national, sectorial, regional and firm levels. It strives to become an important think tank, information hub, and talents bank of technological innovation research in China. With the joint efforts of the government, the society, and the associates who are working in this field, RCTI will continue to improve its research capabilities and achieve its goal of becoming a first class international research institute. The mission of RCTI is to become a forerunner of academic exploration in China’s technological innovation, a cradle fostering professionals, a platform for academic exchanges, an information gathering centre, a consultative service system for critical decision-making and a hub and demonstration centre for the development of innovation-related disciplines.


ELITE Innovation College Cambridge, United Kingdom

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.

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