Global Economic Development and Higher Education

Presented by Sun Yat-sen University, Lingnan (University) College

Sponsored by the Lingnan Foundation

January 22, 2020
Washington, DC

About the Forum

Higher education development is closely linked to economic development at the regional, national, and global levels. In particular, developments affecting the world’s largest economies—the United States and China—are felt around the world. Disputes between these two nations not only reverberate across global economic development and enterprise cooperation, but also introduce new uncertainties to technological innovation, academic exchange, and higher education development on both sides.

There has never been a more vital time to have an in-depth discussion on United States−China economic and academic cooperation. It is also key to engage in the process of generating new ideas to rejuvenate the US-China partnership within the complex context of a continually changing partnership paradigm. At the Pre-Meeting Forum, business leaders will join leaders from US and Chinese universities to discuss global economic forecasts and their potential implications for higher education.

In this forum, we will hear diverse points-of-view from professionals in the academic and business fields on the United States−China partnership and interdependent economic development; we will analyze the relationship between national/international economic development and higher education; we will compare higher education development in China’s Greater Bay Area with the development in US Key Bay Areas; we will build a bridge between the academic and business worlds to discuss social demands and their potential implications for higher education; and we will reflect on reform and innovation in higher education models to cultivate the next generation of leaders that can fit into future business world.

This daylong forum will incorporate featured presentations, panel sessions, and group discussions featuring senior leaders from US and Chinese corporations and universities.

Preliminary Schedule

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Forum Program

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Reception

Keynote Presentations

  • Higher Education Development in China’s Greater Bay Area and US Key Bay Areas: A Comparative Analysis
  • The Future of Higher Education in the Current Global Economic Context
    Speakers: Haipeng Xiao, Vice President for International, Sun Yat-sen University; further speakers pending final confirmation

Panel Discussions: Towards Global Success

Morning Panel: Articulating the Academic World with the Business World—Institutional Change with Local Wisdom

  • Panelists: Lynn Pasquerella, President, AACU; Guangzhe Chen, Global Director for Transport Global Practice, Regional Director for Infrastructure, South Asia Region, the World Bank; Hengyong Mo, Chief Economist, AIG; James Wang, Founder, Chairman, China Alpha Fund Management (HK) Limited ; Li Wu, Sr. Financial Advisor/Portfolio Manager, First Vice President, Merrill Lynch; Nanyan Zheng, Chairman and Founder of Plateno Group; Philip Chen, Non-Executive Director, Hang Lung Group and Hang Lung Properties Limited; Xubei Luo, Senior Economist, the World Bank; further panelists pending final confirmation.

Afternoon Panel: Innovated Models of Higher Education Institutions:  Re-envisioning the U.S.-China Partnership

  • Panelists: Josep Franch, Dean of ESADE Business School; Han Hong, Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University, Lingnan alumni; Hui Chen, Associate Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management, Kenyon Chan, Chancellor Emeritus, University of Washington; Lenord Cheng, President, Lingnan University; Leslie E. Wong, Former President (2012-2019), San Francisco State University; further panelists pending final confirmation.

Group Discussion
Developing Future Research and Action Agenda

Connecting and Networking

The Pre-Meeting Forum is presented by Sun Yat-sen University, Lingnan (University) College and sponsored by the Lingnan Foundation.