Towards a digital future Beyond COVID-19
Management | Economics | Information Technology | Education
Session 1: 2:00 PM Malaysia time
Session 2: 5:00 PM Malaysia time
Strategic Forum AIC 2020
Aims and Objectives
Around the globe, digitalisation has become very important in every field of life i.e., business, economy, marketing, finance, education and management etc. The spread of Covid-19 has arisen huge challenges for the world economy. However, the businesses that adopted a proper digital strategy in response to the crisis are able to reduce their exposure and furthermore, capture opportunities presented by special conditions arising from COVID-19. Therefore, the theme for the 3rd strategic forum, which is going to be organized by The APRA (The Association of Professional Researchers & Academicians) in collaboration with Connecting ASIA from 18th – 20th December 2020 is “Towards a digital future Beyond COVID-19”.
Prof. Dr. Nor Haniza Sarmin
Beyond COVID-19: The Shift in International Higher Education
Academia worldwide is suffering from disruption due to COVID-19. Despite having to constantly face challenges such as lack of digital infrastructure, financial shortages, and political corruption, COVID-19 has proven to be the most formidable of them all. The pandemic has challenged the suitability, sustainability and viability of long-standing higher education practices in its entirety. The once underestimated method of remote teaching has now been thrusted into the only way higher education could feasibly be continued. This abrupt adaptation accelerated many innovative trends of online classrooms, where some teachers have even deployed more futuristic methods such as the usage of artificial intelligence. As more institutions adapt to a wholly remote classroom-type model, lecturers and educators will need to attain and hone new skills in blended educational technology. Thus, institutions of higher education may continue to survive and thrive beyond COVID-19. In this talk, some digital practices of academia and challenges faced by international higher education will be discussed.
Prof. Dr. Wim Vanhaverbeke
You need ecosystem management to implement business models based on digital technologies
Khusro Pervaiz Khan
Mr. Khusro Pervaiz Khan is serving as the Head of Campus at SZABIST University, Islamabad campus. He has enriched administrative and academic work experience. He served the Government of Pakistan in senior administrative positions for more than 35 years. He has worked with different ministries in his tenure as Additional Secretary. He is a renowned policy-maker and a seasoned bureaucrat. Under his leadership, SZABIST Islamabad (Pakistan) has flourished extensively and achieved numerous academic milestones. In the covid-19 lockdown, his leadership was exemplary in a timely digital transformation of the campus, a unique and successful case from the developing world.
Prof. Dr Christian Meniw
The Industry 5.0 ( Life 2.0)
The approaching world forces us to reinvent ourselves because what we will see between now and 2030 will not be an economic but a human transformation. We have seen with COVID19 as technology has advanced faster than it used to have. The pandemic leaves us with two groups of people who are no longer divided between rich and poor but between empowered and dominated. On the other hand, we are already in the Era of a new globalization that is no longer thought in the physical but in intelligence and we are directing to synthetic and virtual life that go hand in hand with transhumanism within a geographical map where it is no longer the states but the union of complementary cities that will promote economic change. The question before this would be how we should prepare for a world that we were not prepared for when we were children.
Prof. Dato Dr. Rajah Rasiah
Economic Development beyond COVID 19
Rajah Rasiah holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Malaya. His previous positions were Professor of Industrial Organization at the National University of Malaysia, and senior research fellow at UNU-INTECH, Maastricht. He also holds adjunct positions in several universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, and Zhejiang. He obtained his doctorate in economics from the University of Cambridge in 1992. He was awarded the Celso Furtado Prize by the World Academy of Sciences in 2014 for advancing the frontiers of social science thought (economics). He is a rare academic that has spent his whole career advancing the frontiers of policy research to benefit the developing economies. Either through United Nations organizations or through governments, he has prepared several industrial and technology policy reports to advance the material conditions of millions of humans with a focus on technology, sustainability, public health, and the interests of the masses.
Prof. Dr. Ozcan Saritas
Dr. Ozcan Saritas is a Professor of Innovation and Foresight at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow; Honorary Professor at Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, The University of Manchester; and Editor-in-chief of “Foresight” – the journal of futures studies, strategic thinking and policy. His research focuses upon innovation, policy and governance with particular emphasis on socio-economic and technological Foresight. With a PhD from the “Foresight and Prospective Studies Program,” Prof. Saritas has extensive work experience with the international organizations including the United Nations (UNIDO, UNCTAD, UNDP), OECD, and the European Commission. He has been involved in large scale national, multinational and corporate research and consultancy projects on sectors including Energy, Climate Change and Renewables, Agriculture and Food, Water Resources and Sustainability, Transportation and Automotive, Information and Communication Technologies among the others. He has published a number of articles in leading journals in the field; and has delivered keynote speeches in a number of countries across the world. Besides his research and publication activities, he designs and delivers academic and executive education courses on Foresight, Innovation Management and Strategic Planning. He has recently co-authored a book, entitled “Foresight for Science, Technology and Innovation” published by Springer, which has become one of the key readings in the field.
Dr. Muhammad Imran Qureshi
Around the globe, digitalisation has become very important in every field of life i.e., business, economy, marketing, finance, education and management etc. The spread of Covid-19 has arisen huge challenges for the world economy. However, the businesses that adopted a proper digital strategy in response to the crisis are able to reduce their exposure and furthermore, capture opportunities presented by special conditions arising from COVID-19.
This year AIC 2020 organized by Connecting ASIA in collaboration with The APRA and Emerald Publishing invited twenty-seven Universities and Institutions at the strategic forum to discuss the digital future.
This year AIC 2020 organized by Connecting ASIA in collaboration with The APRA and Emerald Publishing invited forty speakers from 15 countries at the strategic forum to discuss the digital future.
Strategic forum speakes are invited to talk about digitlization in four major areas of social sciences. these are business and management, Information Technology and sustainability and education
Strategic forum has wide audience. More than 1000 registered participants will be the viewer of this interactive sessions from world renowned scholars and acadamicians
About Strategic Forum
The Strategic Forum is a platform for academic and industry leaders from diverse background dedicated to exchanging their ideas and views on the theme of Strategic Forum related to global issues. It provides an opportunity to foster exchanges of information, to promote free discussion on major current economic issues.
In this regards, The APRA (The Association of Professional Researchers & Academicians) in collaboration with Connecting ASIA is going to organize 3rd Strategic Forum from 18th – 20th December 2020 along with 6th ASIA International Conference (AIC 2020). The aim is to bring together scholars engaged in research on the unique solutions to the social and industrial problems as well as theoretical contribution to the respective fields. It is expected that more than 20 universities from different regions of the world will participate in the strategic forum.
First Strategic Forum
Esteemed speakers shared their valuable input on “The role of academia and industry liaisons and the current state of affairs in the context of diverse national and cultural scenarios”. Discussion on future direction and implications provided the participants with insight. The main theme of the forum catered to the research produced by academia and its utilization in the industry for socio-economic solutions. Primarily the experts shed light on the avenues of funding for academia by the industry in the guise of university-industry liaisons and the reciprocal provision of solutions by the academia to the industry. Participants emphasized the non-specificity of research funding targets through real-world examples of multinational companies and pointed out the instances where companies funded research through academia on the non-related socio-economic issue. The contextualization of issues faced by nations on a geographic basis was also discussed and how different approaches were being utilized to counter similar issues in different countries. The role of academia in the mobilisation of public opinion regarding the perception of various social issues was also discussed and there was a consensus of the speakers on collaboration between industry and academia for better solutions through research and alliance of both sectors for a noticeable impact in case of economic downturns or natural disasters. 1st strategic forum was held during 4th ASIA International Conference (AIC-2019) at Langkawi International Convention Center, Langkawi Malaysia.
Second Strategic Forum 2019
2nd Strategic Forum was hosted by 5th ASIA International Conference (AIC-2019) on 6th December 2019 at KLCC Malaysia. The theme of this Strategic Forum was “Collaborative Opportunities for Researchers and Institutes in the Digital Age”. Its mission was to strengthen academic and research collaboration among the universities. This forum brought leading universities from around the globe at a platform where they could network and collaborate on avenues of mutual interest. Esteemed speakers shared their valuable input on the role of university liaisons and the current state of affairs in the context of diverse international scenarios. It was dedicated towards the exchange of ideas among the partnering institutes, network development, expertise sharing in the field of research and development, student exchange program, faculty development programs, incubation centres, fostering knowledge through taking advantage of each university’s unique strength to jointly enhance academic excellence and research collaboration.