World-class research universities are the incubators of scientific and technological discoveries. They are one of the essential drivers at the upstream for the growth of innovation. In the Asia Pacific area, there are a growing number of research universities that are ranked among the global top 100, and they are engaged in cutting-edge research that is vital to achieving the vision of creating innovation and entrepreneurship hubs in the region. However, is having these institutions around sufficient to drive innovation and entrepreneurship? Support of the industrial sector, channels of financial support, supply of talents and workforce coupled with local and national policy all constitute elements of a successful implementation.
In partnership with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), the Division of Public Policy (PPOL) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) will host an inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (APCIEE) in this coming December. The conference aims at creating a venue for critical dialogues focusing on nurturing an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, cultivating collaboration across disciplines, sectors, and governing bodies, inspiring the younger generation to take on the challenge ahead. Bringing together thought leadership, key stakeholders, experience practitioners, and budding young minds, the conference will bridge the knowledge gap between researchers, policy-makers, business leaders, university leaders, entrepreneurs and investors on many pressing issues essential for converting the existing strengths of research universities into resources that can draw on talents around the world and catalyze innovation with a stronger momentum, realizing the true impact of this regional initiative in the coming decades.