The question of how to foster innovation to solve the emerging challenges facing our society has become a key issue for many knowledge economy countries. Climate change, aging populations, and resource shortages are just some of the challenges that will not be solved without an innovative approach.
Experts in R&D agree that the creation of such innovation requires multi-sector, multidisciplinary and multinational collaboration and the development of new systems and frameworks that cultivate open innovation. However, the question of how we go about cultivating the leaders to develop such systems remains unaddressed. As society’s main source of knowledge, higher education clearly has a key role to play in this process. However, this is not something that can be achieved alone: academia needs to work closely with industry at a global level to develop people with the skills required to create new and open innovation models that hold the key to solving the problems faced by modern society.
This session will be an opportunity for representatives of higher education and industry to come together and discuss:
- the role of university education in developing our society’s future leaders
- the interactions required between academia and industry to create the optimum environment for fostering future leaders
- how academia and industry should move away from existing and conventional models of university-industry interaction in order to address these challenges.