Thursday 3 May 2018, 15.30 - 16.45


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Session slides

You can view Professor Xie Tao's slides here.


By the year 2050, Asia will be host to three of the five largest economies in the world, according to a report by PwC, and home to over half of the of the world's 9.7 billion people, according the UN's Population Division. Passenger air traffic forecasts from Boeing and Airbus also suggest that the continent it set to experience a dramatic increase in integration, with business and cultural exchanges rapidly expanding across borders. As we progress into what has been described as “the Asian Century”, how will our world be reshaped? 
This session is an exercise in future-gazing, with experts from around the region setting forth their optimistic, pragmatic or downright bizarre ideas of what Asia's future might look like. Speakers will each present a scenario for Asia’s future and how it may change the way we work, learn and interact with the rest of the world. 
These will include:

What if Asia…

  • Drives the global creative economy?
  • Becomes the centre of global higher education?
  • Leads the world in innovation?
  • Fulfils the EU dream?


  • James Chau, Broadcaster, Writer and UN Goodwill Ambassador, China (Chair)
  • Matt Durnin, Regional Head of Research and Consultancy, British Council, China
  • Mary Kay Magistad, Creator and Host, 'Whose century is it?' Podcast, USA
  • Professor Xie Tao, Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

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