HONG KONG SAR – Media reach – November 2, 2021 – Distinguished Higher Education Leaders from the Asia-Pacific Region Recognized at Quacquarelli Symonds Asia Pacific Education Professional Leaders Conference 2021 (QS APPLE) that the strategic orientation of transdisciplinary teaching and research is fundamental for the development of higher education in the region, and that universities must become more resilient to face the technological advances and uncertainties of the post-era -pandemic.
The QS APPLE 2021 conference presidents panel featured higher education leaders from the region, including (clockwise from top left) Prof. Alexander Wai, president and vice-chancellor of the HKBU; Professor Lily Kong, President of Singapore Management University; Professor Joonki Paik, Rector and Executive Vice President of Research at Chung-Ang University in Korea; Professor Yang Bin, vice president and rector of Tsinghua University in mainland China; and Professor TG Sitharam, Director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati as panelists; and Mr. Anton John Crace, editor and program designer of QS, as moderator.
The leaders of the sector, who joined the Panel of Presidents on the theme “Building Resilient Universities for Tomorrow: An Asian Perspective “yesterday (November 1) at the QS APPLE 2021 conference, also agreed that artificial intelligence (AI) will enable educators and students to face future trends in education and workforce.
The QS APPLE 2021 conference, organized by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and co-organized by Prince of Songkla University in Thailand, will be held virtually from November 1 to 3 on the theme “Future Rebalance: Emerging Trends and the Asia-Pacific Workforce” . The conference brings together more than 80 distinguished speakers from world-renowned universities and organizations, and the program includes keynotes, debates, panel discussions and case studies that reflect educational opportunities and trends in the world. Asia-Pacific region.
In his opening remarks at the conference, Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor of the HKBU , pointed out that higher education is at the heart of an exciting transformation brought about not only by the pandemic, but also by the incredible advancements in AI and the tech sector. He said that in this rapidly changing world, we must race against time: “Education is the key to adapting to new technologies, and universities will play a key role in bridging a looming skills gap by enabling their students acquire transferable skills alongside technological skills.
“Universities must sow the seeds of systemic change to nurture cultures that emphasize care, collaboration and community engagement if we are to reap the rewards of transdisciplinary research – a rich return blended with rigor. science, societal impact and broader engagement, ”he said.
Ben Sowter, Senior Vice President of QS Intelligence Unit , said: “As a result of the recent challenges that universities are facing and to which they have largely adapted, the cat is really out of the bag – universities can change and they can do it quickly. What other challenges should they then focus their collective power on? The main purpose of this conference is not just to keep the conversation going, but to evoke action. Beyond the action universities could take to build their own resilience as institutions, to what they can do to increase ours as a species.
The panel of conference presidents included higher education leaders from the region, including Professor Alexander Wai of the HKBU; Professor Lily Kong , president of Singapore Management University; Professor Joonki Paik , rector and executive vice president of research at Chung-Ang University in Korea; Professor Yang Bin , vice president and rector of Tsinghua University in mainland China; and Professor TG Sitharam , director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, as panelists.
The panelists shared their visions and experiences on how we can build resilient universities in the Asia-Pacific region that can help students thrive in the face of an uncertain future brought on by recent rapid technological advancements and the pandemic of COVID-19. The importance of the natural and social sciences, as seen in transdisciplinary research in terms of responding to major global challenges, has also been established.
“At HKBU, we encourage transdisciplinary research by focusing on three areas. The first is wellness, and it includes health, diet, drug discovery, and Chinese medicine. Another area is art-tech, which encompasses visualization technologies for traditional art history and culture. All of these areas are powered by technologies like AI and Big Data, which is our third area of focus. We firmly believe that it is these areas that will strengthen students’ resilience and prepare them for an unknown future, ”said Professor Wai.
The roundtable also discussed their experience of integrating AI into education programs, building AI capacity of students for the future world of work and ways to improve internal administrative efficiency.
Please visit the official conference website (https://qsapple.org/ ) for the full program and other event information.