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APAIE Presidents’ Roundtable Inspires New Mindset for University-Industry Collaboration
Publish date : 2017-04-10
The APAIE Presidents’ Roundtable was held on March 22th in NSYSU focusing on the collaborations between industry and university with two sessions: “Matching Talents: Bridging the Gap between Industry Employability and Higher Education” and “Bridging the Gap between Industry Employability and Higher Education”. Nearly a hundred university presidents and scholars from around the globe attended the event, with Stan Shih, the founder, president, and chairman of Acer Inc. cordially invited as part of the panel for both sessions.

The Presidents’ Roundtable was chaired by Dr. Huey-Jen Su, President of National Cheng Kung University, with panelists Dr. Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University, Dr. Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, Dr. Pierre-Paul Zalio, President of Ecole normale supérieure Paris-Saclay / ENS Cachan, and Dr. Hong Hocheng, President of National Tsing Hua University for session one. Dr. Fernando León García, President of Cetys University, and Dr. Wahid Omar, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Dr. Umran Inan, President of Koç University Turkey, and Dr. Cheng-Yuan Chen, President of National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology formed the panelists for session two.

Stan Shih mentioned the most important element in education is to teach students to learn how to learn. It is not just the responsibility of the school, but also the responsibility of the enterprise. Cooperation and dialogue between industry and academia is an important key to reducing the educational mismatch.

Dr. Glover, president of the University of West Sydney, stressed that the society is facing another industrial revolution: The "digital revolution", with which the student's career path and career choice will change along the progress of digitalization. To ensure student mobility, especially global mobility and maintain close ties with the industry will be the key for the cultivation of talent in the future.

Dr. Peck said that the first industrial revolution had originated in the UK and that the British academia has had a long-standing relationship with industry. Schools need to expand systematic collaborations with industry, and actively engage in dialogue with both international and domestic companies to understand the industry needs and to utilize the industry's views as the reference for curriculum development. He also mentioned that at Nottingham Trent University, students are required to complete work placements before graduation, while the career counseling and mentoring are important parts of the university career services.

Dr. Inan put forward a different view that the demand of the industry may be short-term, and that schools should teach broadly-based curriculum while distinguishing the difference between industry research and academic research. Furthermore, there should be more exploration on how industries and universities can work together and coexist.

Dr. Hocheng Hong also thought that the progress of science and technology is rapid, and the teaching content of the university may not keep up with the industry demand for which there is no immutable pattern. It is an important basis to provide diverse curriculum to cultivate students' ability to face change. He also hoped that the government can put forward the incentive to allow the industry to provide internship opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience.

Dr. Cheng-Yuan Chen shared the experience of promoting innovation and entrepreneurship program in his university. He thought that entrepreneurs need to have three qualities including enthusiasm, sharing and commitment and he encouraged students to start a business to practice social responsibility.
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