Universities and cities: Advancing sustainable innovation
7–8 November 2023 Shenzhen, China
We were delighted to host the THE Innovation & Impact Summit 2023 in partnership with the Southern University of Science and Technology to explore how universities can create and sustain cities that are hubs of innovation.
The summit discussed:
The importance of universities in supporting the creation of new cities and new regional economies by spotlighting emerging and established innovation hubs, including the Greater Bay Area, Edmonton, London, Melbourne and Los Angeles.
The role that universities can play in the city-wide or regional context.
How city authorities can best set the environment so that businesses can invest and universities can prosper.
The power and influence of local city leaders on universities that operate within a national system.
The types of universities that are needed by cities with fast-growing populations.
How universities can help cities adapt to the punishing effects of climate change.
The role universities can play in mitigating this impact and ensuring that cities will not just survive, but thrive, innovatively and sustainably.
Explore the role universities have played in the creation of new cities and regional economies like Shenzhen and the Greater Bay Area.
Establishing universities in innovative cities
How universities can be catalysts for transforming the prospects of urban communities
Showcasing partnerships between global Innovation Districts and their higher education anchor institutions
Rise of the chief exploration officer
Sustaining and supporting innovation
Discover the importance of universities in sustaining, supporting and maintaining innovative cities.
The role universities will play in the future of cities
Ensuring a culture of constant innovation and curiosity
Shenzhen on a trajectory to make China an AI superpower
Universities shaping innovative and sustainable mega-regions
The next generation of innovation companies
Site visits and tours of Shenzhen’s leading tech and innovation companies
Using innovation to build resilience
Examine the role of universities, innovation districts and city authorities in building resilience of cities and solving regional, national and global issues.
The role of universities in smaller cities in shaping their bigger city neighbours
How universities increase resilience of cities to help them adapt to climate change
How city authorities can best set the environment so that businesses can invest, and universities can prosper
Contributions universities can make to reduce regional inequity
Where are the world’s most innovative cities?
World rankings partner
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