Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS) was founded in Shenzhen in 2004 with the vision to bring Peking University’s historical presence and first-tier business education programs to southern China, and benefit from the entrepreneurial spirit of the thriving city. It currently offers a full-range of masters and doctoral degrees in business as well as executive education and community engagement initiatives. PHBS has been accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EPAS, and has a UK campus located in Oxfordshire, England.
I was invited to participate in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) Annual Meeting of the New Champions which was held in early July in Dalian, China. Also, I was pleased to be part of a high profile launch of the Global Innovation Index in New Delhi on 24th July. I will use this blog to share some of my reflections from these two professional engagements.
Returning to China after a gap of some months is always interesting as the country seems to continue to change at a fast pace. I had taken part in several prior editions of the WEF’s Annual Summits in China and it is interesting to see how the WEF China Summit has now become focused exclusively on technology and innovation. This is not surprising per se as China’s rise in the technology domain is now recognized by many.
The OECD held the 20th anniversary Forum in Paris on 20-21 May. The Forum has grown significantly over the last couple of decades and brings together a wide range of government ministers, leaders from the public and private sectors, representatives from civil society including not-for-profits and college students. Each year, the OECD chooses a theme for the Forum. Perhaps aptly, the theme for this year was “World in eMotion.” It was a play on words to emphasize the rapid pace of change being brought about by digital technologies. The Forum had a rich agenda with many sessions exploring different facets … Read More
The debate on Artificial Intelligence (AI) is characterized by hyperbole and hysteria. The hyperbole is due to two effects: first, the promotion of AI by self-interested investors. It can be termed the “Google-effect,” after its CEO Sundar Pichai, who declared AI to be “probably the most important thing humanity has ever worked on.” He would say that. Second, the promotion of AI by tech-evangelists as a solution to humanity’s fundamental problems, even death. It can be termed the “Singularity-effect,” after Ray Kurzweil, who believes AI will cause a “Singularity” by 2045.
The new center will be instrumental in attracting, maintaining and supporting the local technology sector for today and tomorrow. Wilfrid Laurier students will now be attending the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at the newly named facility, Lazaridis Hall. Through its innovative design and cutting-edge technological capabilities, Lazaridis Hall will cultivate Canadian business education for a global economy compelled by innovation and entrepreneurship. The vision behind Lazaridis Hall is to create an “active learning building” that offers a revolutionary practice of collaborative education. Designed for student collaboration, the technology that supports active learning will allow Wilfrid Laurier students to … Read More