Post event report

QS WorldClass 2019: One Health: University-Industry Collaboration in Medical Technology and Beyond

QS WorldClass 2019, themed One Health: University-Industry Collaboration in Medical Technology and Beyond successfully concluded on 14 June 2019. University leaders and industry representatives worldwide gathered at Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong, an island oasis located 25 minutes from Central Hong Kong; and surrounded by natural wonders and world-class facilities.

The seminar discussions and presentations primarily focused on One Health. One Health recognises that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected. Therefore, it is fundamental for sectors to establish partnerships; collaborating across sectors that have a direct or indirect impact on health involves thinking. Also, to work across silos and optimising resources and efforts; while respecting the autonomy of the various sectors.

As such, this edition of QS WorldClass provided an opportunity to re-evaluate the success stories of Medical Technology and other One Health themed collaborations and chart a pathway for even greater success. The event kickstarted with a delivery of an opening keynote address from Professor Sir Colin Blakemore, Senior Fellow, Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study, City University of Hong Kong on “One health. An interdisciplinary challenge”; followed by a morning keynote address by Datin Dr. Anita B.Z. Abdul Aziz, Vice-Chancellor, University Brunei Darussalam, on the topic of “A holistic approach in public health for the overall health of the nation”.

This year’s seminar gathered a total of 25 institutions from 11 countries. University leaders not only gained valuable insights and knowledge needed to move forward; but also, the recommendations needed to conduct the application of a coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary and cross-sector approach to address potential or existing risks that originate at animal-human-ecosystems interface.

Here are some of the event highlights for those who have missed this informative seminar:

Datin Dr. Anita B.Z. Abdul Aziz, Vice-Chancellor, University Brunei Darussalam gave a speech on “A holistic approach in public health for the overall health of the nation”, where Datin Dr. Anita shed light on the UBD’s holistic initiatives within Public health and in particular working in the Universal health Coverage Framework with the Multisectoral Taskforce for Health under the Ministry of Health.

On the other hand, Professor Dirk Pfeiffer, Professor of One Health, City University of Hong Kong, discussed on the topic of “One Health for an ever more complex future”. As a result of the interconnectivity through globalisation, economic development, environmental shift and modern society’s dynamic lifestyle expectations; we are currently undergoing dynamic shifts in eco-social systems at a global dimension. There has resulted in the rise of highly sophisticated risk environments; which for effective risk mitigation will need extensive implementation of interdisciplinary One Health approach as a matter of urgency.

While, Dr Mansoor Habib, Head – Happiness & Tolerance, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company “du”, United Arab Emirates provided professional insights in a presentation titled “Happiness in workplace: From research to practice”. Dr Habib not only explored some of the current workplace happiness research and similar implementations carried out within the telecommunication sector; but also discussed on the impact of workers’ productivity and engagement.

Finally, Mr. Dennis Yu, Rankings Analyst, QS Professional Services, China shared critical insights on “QS World University Rankings by Subject: Impact and Trends”. The presentation elaborated on the methodology and indicators that are used in rankings exercises. It also probed into the detailed technical performance of each indicator in 2019’s edition. Also, to better comprehend the performance and impact of universities in Hong Kong, it extended comparisons to year on year trends in different contexts with the results based on the regional and global benchmarking analysis.

QS WorldClass 2020 will be held in Malang, Indonesia in partnership with Binus University as joint organising partners.

Organising Partner for 2020