2024 Annual Meeting

Lingnan Global Forum

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2024 Lingnan Global Forum

January 17, 2024

9:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. ET

The Lignan Global Forum is presented by Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University, and sponsored by the Lingnan Foundation.

    About the Forum

    Please join us for the fourth annual Lingnan Global Forum, presented by Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University, and sponsored by the Lingnan Foundation. Thought leaders from the worlds of higher education, economics, and business come together for presentations and panel discussions on the challenges—and opportunities—of this turbulent global moment. The half-day morning forum includes two sessions: one on the impact of AI on higher education business models, and one on strategies for navigating the intricate “polycrisis” facing the global economy.


    AI and the Higher Education Business Model

    9:00–10:30 a.m.

    The evolution of artificial intelligence has introduced a rapidly evolving and dynamic landscape into the realm of contemporary higher education business models. While the concept of AI is not new, recent advances in computer processing power, machine learning algorithms, and data storage capabilities have enabled its practical application in unprecedented ways. Consequently, educational institutions are compelled to adjust their strategies to integrate this transformative technology. Understanding the impact of AI on the higher education business model is now essential for leveraging its significant advantages in the competitive academic landscape. This panel will explore critical aspects of AI, including its implications for innovation, responsibility, ethical practices, and sustainable growth within the context of higher education.


    10:30–11:00 a.m.

    The Global Economy in a State of Polycrisis

    11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

    The Global Risks Report 2023, issued by the World Economic Forum, spotlights the concept of “polycrisis,” denoting the interconnected cluster of present and impending risks that can aggregate and exert a more substantial influence on the global economy than the sum of their individual components. The current condition of the global economy is characterized by an array of challenges, including conflicts, sanctions, rising commodity prices, and economic uncertainty. These challenges are further compounded by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, tensions in US-China relations, and the specter of climate change. Tackling this intricate “polycrisis” necessitates a fundamental overhaul of the regulations, practices, and institutions governing the global economy. This panel will explore potential solutions and strategies for addressing this formidable predicament.