As it happened: THE Innovation & Impact Summit 2017

All the news from the 2017 Times Higher Education Innovation & Impact Summit in Hong Kong

June 2, 2017
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Leading figures from the higher education world have gathered in Hong Kong for the inaugural Times Higher Education Innovation & Impact Summit, hosted in partnership with Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The prestigious conference looks at the extent to which the role of higher education in societal development can be identified and measured. Discussing themes such as internationalisation, social inclusion and economic disruption are leaders and experts from around the globe, including policy makers, university leaders and other sector influencers. The three-day summit aims to set the agenda on how universities can innovate towards creating greater impact.

Video: hear from delegates

How can institutions fund and secure curiosity-led research? Is there an international graduate skills gap? Do universities still have a responsibility to open minds? All these topics and more are being tackled at the event. Highlights and stories will be published below as they break.

Latest summit news:

US research culture stuck in the past, says cancer expert
Leader of Biden Foundation’s Cancer Initiative says overhaul of university research system is needed for innovation

‘Patent first, publish later’ for societal impact, says academic
Vice-president tells summit that universities must convince researchers that journal articles are not the only way to disseminate knowledge

Technology provides ‘golden opportunity’ for higher education reform
Philanthropist and entrepreneur Charles Chen Yidan says today’s education systems are "not suited to tomorrow’s society"

Want entrepreneurs? Then teach ethics, says leading innovator
Candace Johnson says universities should cultivate a belief in their students that they ‘can do everything’

Jacques Biot: ‘We must prepare our students for the fourth industrial revolution’
Summit speaker and École Polytechnique president Jacques Biot urges universities to prepare for "Industry 4.0"

The pitfalls of working with industry (and how to avoid them)
Summit speaker Max Lu, vice-chancellor of the University of Surrey, on the challenges of university-industry partnership

Video: Greg Simon addresses the summit


Video: panel discussion on calculating the economic and social impact of higher education 

This session was streamed live at 2pm on 2 June (Hong Kong - 7am UK). You can re-watch the session below.  Please note that the session starts at minute 20. 

 Watch: Candace Johnson speaks at the Innovation & Impact Summit

Candace Johnson, who is speaking about entrepreneurship, is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, who co-founded SES ASTRA and was the architect of SES Global, one of the world’s largest satellite systems. She has also founded or co-founded ventures including Loral Teleport Europe, Europe Online, VATM, GTWN, Succès Europe and Oceania Women’s Network Satellite.

Read our report on Dr Johnson's presentation

Watch: Highlights from the 2017 Innovation & Impact summit

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2 June 2017






1 June 2017







Introduction to the summit

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