Global Economic Development and Higher Education

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

Sponsored by the Lingnan Foundation

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January 22, 2020
Washington, DC

About the Forum

The development of higher education 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 reverberate across not only 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 U.S.-China economic and academic cooperation and engage in the process of generating new ideas to rejuvenate the U.S-China partnership within the complex context of a continually changing partnership paradigm. At the Pre-Meeting Forum, business leaders will join leaders from U.S. 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 U.S.-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 U.S. Key Bay Areas; we will build a bridge between the academic world and business world 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

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.


9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Ding-Jo Currie, President, Lingnan Foundation

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Morning Keynote: US/China Greater Bays Economic & Higher Education developments – A Comparative Analysis

Jun Lu, Professor, Dean of Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-sen University

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion 1: US/China Economic Development Collaboratives – Impacts & Risks

Panel Facilitator:  Josep Franch, Dean of ESADE Business School

Panelists: Guangzhe Chen, Nick Wu, Sri Zaheer, Henry Mo, Hong Han

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.


11:15 - 12:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion 2: US/China Higher Education Collaboratives – Strengths & Opportunities

Panel Facilitator: Lynn Pasquerella, President, AACU

Panelists: Xubei Luo, Kenyon Chan, Mary Hinton, Lenord Cheng, Hui Chen

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch & Networking

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote: The Future of Higher Education in the Current Global Economic Context      

Craig Calhoun, University Professor of Social Sciences, Arizona State University; President, Berggruen Institute; Former President (2012-2016), London School of Economics


2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion 3: Higher Education 2040 with Vision 2020

Panel Facilitator: Carl P. Zeithaml, Dean, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

Panelists: Leslie Wong, Siyun Lu, Han Hong, Hui Chen

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.


4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Group Discussion: Developing Future Research and Action Agenda

Discussion Facilitator:

Ding-Jo H. Currie, President, Lingnan Foundation

4:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks (5 minutes each)

Lynn Pasquerella, President of AACU

Jun Lu, Dean LUC/SYSU

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Reception and Networking



Kenyon Chan, Chancellor Emeritus, University of Washington

Guangzhe Chen, Global Director for Transport Global Practice, Regional Director for Infrastructure, South Asia Region, the World Bank

Hui Chen, Associate Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management

Leonard Cheng, President, Lingnan University (Hong Kong)

Josep Franch, Dean of ESADE Business School

Mary Hinton, President, College of Saint Benedict

Han Hong, Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University

Siyun Lu, CEO and Founder, Xana Hotels

Xubei Luo, Senior Economist, the World Bank

Henry Mo, Chief Economist, AIG

Lynn Pasquerella, President of AACU

Leslie Wong, President Emeritus, San Francisco State University

Nick Wu, Sr. Financial Advisor/Portfolio Manager, First Vice President, Merrill Lynch

Sri Zaheer, Dean, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Carl P. Zeithaml, Dean, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

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

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