Programme

Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides details of presentations and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a Liberal Arts University? The Experience of Lingnan University
    Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a Liberal Arts University? The Experience of Lingnan University
    Keynote Presentation: Leonard K Cheng
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Shift to the East
    Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Shift to the East
    Keynote Presentation: Anthony Welch
  • Value, Innovation, Entrepreneurship: An Ethical Perspective for Global Education, Research, & Development
    Value, Innovation, Entrepreneurship: An Ethical Perspective for Global Education, Research, & Development
    Featured Presentation: Xu Di
  • The Impact of Internationalization of Higher Education in Asia on Cooperation Among Diverse Stakeholders: International Cooperation to Promote Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    The Impact of Internationalization of Higher Education in Asia on Cooperation Among Diverse Stakeholders: International Cooperation to Promote Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Featured Presentation: Yuto Kitamura
  • Contemporary Patterns of Global Educational Mobilities: What Might Be the Impact on Innovation and Entrepreneurship?
    Contemporary Patterns of Global Educational Mobilities: What Might Be the Impact on Innovation and Entrepreneurship?
    Featured Presentation: Catherine Montgomery
  • Recalculating Higher Education in the Asia Pacific Region within the Emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution
    Recalculating Higher Education in the Asia Pacific Region within the Emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution
    Featured Presentation: Deane Neubauer

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a Liberal Arts University? The Experience of Lingnan University
Keynote Presentation: Leonard K Cheng

In this talk, I shall argue that innovation and entrepreneurship are a natural direction of development for contemporary liberal arts universities, especially so in the age of the Internet with rapid development in the areas of automation and artificial intelligence. I shall also share the experience of Lingnan University’s effort in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, including the Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative (LEI), which is supported by a number of units of the University, including its three academic Faculties (Arts, Business, and Social Sciences), Office of Service Learning, Student Services Centre, and some research institutes and programmes.

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Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Shift to the East
Keynote Presentation: Anthony Welch

Since at least the onset of the so-called scientific revolution, innovation has been associated with the West. In fact, this is not accurate, as even a cursory examination of the long history of scientific and technological invention in China reveals. But the current rise of scientific innovation in East and South East Asia (to different degrees, in different systems) is being characterised as a “Shift to the East”. Meanwhile, major Western systems are under-investing in higher education and research, while instituting barriers to the free flow of academic talent.

Supported by significant investment in R&D, and the goal to develop “World Class” universities, the global war for talent is tilting to the East, and in the process reshaping traditional assumptions about the sites of knowledge cores and peripheries.

The analysis charts the contours of this epistemic shift to the East, examines its implications, and assesses the likely future.

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Value, Innovation, Entrepreneurship: An Ethical Perspective for Global Education, Research, & Development
Featured Presentation: Xu Di

The twenty-first century, at its very beginning, is exciting already with the intersections of sciences and technology and the booming global commercialism and entrepreneur startups. Self-driving cars and trucks, big data, drones, organ growth, and AI open an era that makes science fictions a reality. This paper will flip the conference theme and examine a field and research that is largely missing in our current education and life – Values. Value is not only in the monetary sense, but as profound human values, ethical research, and global principles. The presentation aims to examine the existing values from the East and the West in search of the insights, challenges, and the directions for humanity as ONE for a prosperous, healthy, and peaceful existence with a focus on goodness for all. Is this a too idealistic Utopian notion? Why is it even necessary? What is the reason for such an approach? How can we do so? The discussion will call for an urgent focus on this core philosophical engagement on value education, research, and application. At the same time, it will highlight the use of innovative and entrepreneurial approaches for global value education and integration.

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The Impact of Internationalization of Higher Education in Asia on Cooperation Among Diverse Stakeholders: International Cooperation to Promote Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Featured Presentation: Yuto Kitamura

In recent years, various countries and regions/territories in Asia have experienced remarkable economic growth and Asian societies have undergone a major transformation. While such significant changes are happening in Asia, cooperation beyond national borders is becoming increasingly active in the field of higher education. Particularly in the context of economic development and social change, cooperation with industry and civil society is actively promoted in the higher education field more than ever. Thus, the purpose of this presentation is to examine how internationalization of higher education in Asia influences the cooperation of diverse stakeholders across borders.

In particular, this presentation analyzes what kind of international cooperation in higher education is progressing among countries with different economic levels, such as developed countries, middle-income countries and developing countries in Asia. Then, the presentation examines how entrepreneurship and innovation can be promoted, through such international cooperation with various stakeholders, in the economic, political and social context in which each higher education institution is located. Moreover, this presentation discusses how such international efforts have great significance toward the realization of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Contemporary Patterns of Global Educational Mobilities: What Might Be the Impact on Innovation and Entrepreneurship?
Featured Presentation: Catherine Montgomery

As global flows of people and knowledge change, research into patterns of educational mobilities could inform approaches to innovation and entrepreneurship. Taking China as an example, research indicates that engagement with marketization and the embracing of neo-liberal values and governance is producing highly “enterprising” mobile subjects, who are skilled in accumulating various forms of capitals (Xu and Montgomery, 2018; Kajanus, 2015; Yan, 2010). However, constraints in domestic or internal educational mobility (such as rural to urban mobility) are also having an impact (Xiang and Shen, 2009).

Focusing particularly on China and Hong Kong, this presentation examines both new and established forms of educational mobility of students, academics and higher education institutions and underlines the importance of considering external higher education mobilities (what happens abroad) in conjunction with internal forms (what happens at home). For large emergent economies such as China, Mexico, South Africa and India, internal higher education equality (and inequality) could influence the future development of external higher education mobilities and have a resultant impact on the long term economy (Marginson, 2017). As internal education mobilities in countries such as China could either exacerbate inequalities or equalise society, the nature of domestic education mobilities could influence capacity building and be hugely influential on innovation and entrepreneurship of the future.

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Recalculating Higher Education in the Asia Pacific Region within the Emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution
Featured Presentation: Deane Neubauer

At the intersection of the three major concepts that orient this conference, it becomes increasingly clear that the relationship between various accepted notions of the two “active causal agents” in play, namely “innovation” and “entrepreneurship” have been given highly variable meanings within the dynamics of an approaching era of artificial intelligence and its many applications. As a result, the notion of “value” becomes highly dependent on the meanings assigned to these two driving forces. This paper seeks to develop some hypotheses that link those differentiated meanings to varied notions of the two driving concepts. It concludes by positing a set of questions that impinge on both accepted and emerging notions of higher education institutions seeking both to further these developments, through their own notions of innovation and entrepreneurship, and create or sustain enduring positions of relevance within the higher education community.

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