The global outbreak of Covid-19 has disrupted life as we know it. Now, more than ever, society is looking to the global research community to respond to the emerging existential challenges to global development, and our survival. During this three-day summit we will examine the critical factors for supporting research impact and ask; who should ultimately benefit from world-class research and innovation? Can innovation be directed towards creating resilience? And, in the pursuit of excellence, how can academia, government and industry align to ensure the knowledge economy supports all facets of society?
As we look to the future, we will examine the role cities play as laboratories of innovation and transformative ideas, acknowledging how urban development can also catalyse social and environmental challenges. We will aim to identify the unique strength of innovative cities and highlight the position universities play in creating new hotspots of growth. How can universities support the potential of cities to cultivate greater resilience and sustainability and contribute to dynamic innovation ecosystems that respond to the global goals?
And finally, have encompassing crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic forced policy-makers to re-assess their impact measures and targets? By turning crisis into opportunity, can universities create strategies looking further than 2030, and aim to foster innovation that benefits this century? What do university leaders need in order to deliver research that has greater impact?
The networking among participants deepened over the three days, offering plentiful opportunities for collaboration.
Desire for visibility and political pragmatism help propel archipelago’s institutions up the league table. Indonesia’s stellar performance in this year’s THE Impact Rankings reflects the burgeoning capability of the archipelago’s top institutions and their “more mature approach” to university league tables.
Top US health officials gave universities a mixed message about the prospects of resuming on-campus instruction in the fall, telling lawmakers only that it is possible that the country will have sufficient testing capacity to safely allow classes in some regions.
The Covid-19 pandemic has already been the most severe blow to human life since the Second World War. Taiwan’s response to the virus has been impressive but fighting future global emergencies will require greater collective effort, says Chia-Ming Hsueh.