Post event report

Higher education and industry marriage anniversary at 10th QS WorldClass

QS WorldClass turned 10 this year. The seminar concluded successfully on 31 March 2017; continuing the highly welcomed new topic of university-industry collaboration. The specific theme of the seminar was Industry, business and higher education management and governance.

University heads and industry representatives from around the globe gathered at the Westin Taipei, in the vibrant city of Taipei. The seminar discussions and presentations mainly focused on the topic of university-business partnership and its effects on higher education traditions, practices and policies.

The seminar was attended by 100 delegates from 64 institutions and companies in 18 countries. A good number of company CEOs and directors were in participation this year, some of whom delivered insightful speeches. The impressive list of speakers included CEOs and top management of FICHET (Taiwan), Mobiletron Co Ltd (Taiwan), MIT Media Lab (USA) and Fujitsu Asia (Singapore).

The reception of the QS WorldClass seminar by the participants was overwhelmingly positive. “The audience was really switched on, I could see they were into this; and the end of the talk a bunch of people came up and they wanted to know more. So this was a very good seminar in the sense that it helped us get the word out there about what we’re doing and it put us in contact with people in our surrounding, who are very interested in this kind of thing. So this seminar has been very important for us,” said Prof Steven Miller, vice provost of Singapore Management University, Singapore.

Countries represented at the seminar included Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Jordan, South Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, The Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, USA and Vietnam.

The 11th QS WorldClass seminar will take place in Dubai, UAE, in partnership with United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) as QS Asia’s organising partner. Maintaining its original mission of helping universities develop their globalisation strategies, the 11th QS WorldClass seminar will be the ideal meeting place for university leaders and top industry executives to discuss the ins and outs of education-business partnership from a wide range of standpoints: its role in business productivity and competitiveness; its short- and long-term impacts on the regions; and strategies that make such partnerships work.

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