28 February - 01 March, 2017
Grand Millenium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

CONFERENCE DAY TWO, Wednesday, 1st March, 2017

8:30 am - 8:50 am Morning Refreshment and Registration

8:50 am - 9:00 am Opening Remarks from the Chairman

Dr. Pierre Tapie - Founder, PAXTER (Paris-Singapore)

Dr. Pierre Tapie

PAXTER (Paris-Singapore)

9:00 am - 9:30 am [Keynote] Asia Higher Education in the Post-Massification Era: Knowledge Paradigm Shift to Stay Market-Sensitive for the 21st Century Knowledge Economy

Professor Wing-on Lee - Vice President (Administration and Development), Open University of Hong Kong
With the massifying trend reshaping Asia higher education, sustaining fully government-funded higher education institutions becomes a challenge. Autonomous and self-financing higher education is the natural and healthy evolution to respond to the trend.

Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) is an esteem self-financing institution, transformed from its fully-funded structure. The recipe sustaining its success is the market-sensitive curriculum planning, the sharpened focus on pragmatic and market-oriented courses to meet the needs of 18,000 full-time and part-time students. The university studies what kind of graduates the markets want and delivers the manpower that is needed; thus stays sustainable.

Professor Lee Wing-on has been involved in the development of these aspects and will share his perspectives, principles and intent behind to stay sustainable, relevant and indispensable in the 21st knowledge century.

Professor Wing-on Lee

Vice President (Administration and Development)
Open University of Hong Kong

9:30 am - 10:00 am [Case Study] The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Research and Innovation Enterprise – a Model for Tomorrow’s University

Professor Martin L. Dunn - Associate Provost for Research, Singapore University of Technology and Design
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) (established in 2009)’s research and innovation enterprise creates and translates knowledge that matters. It contributes to Singapore's national priority of building an innovation-based society and economy, both through important research outcomes as well as the education of technically-grounded leaders via research. In this talk, provost Martin will describe STUD’s research and innovation enterprise – an agile network of centers, innovation clusters, and labs - to address important societal problems worldwide; to create meaningful impacts in and for Singapore; and to contribute richness to the educational experiences across the university.
  • Empowering innovation through purposeful foresight, design strategy, and entrepreneurial catalysis;
  • Emphasizing convergent research that brings deep disciplinary knowledge to teams spanning multiple disciplines and external stakeholders to address important challenges at the edges and between traditional disciplines
  • Creating broad impact across academic, corporate, start-up, and government constituencies

Professor Martin L. Dunn

Associate Provost for Research
Singapore University of Technology and Design

10:00 am - 10:30 am [Case Study] Value Creation: Building a University-Industry Collaborative Innovation Centre

Dr. Pornchai Mongkhonvanit - President, Siam University
  • Why are corporations building innovation centres with universities and the start-up ecosystem?
  • What are the key issues when building such collaborative innovation models?
  • Key lessons learnt from funding, building and operating innovation centres
  • Redefining partnership strategies to gain greater flexibility in acquiring corporate and government funding
  • How to bring technology relevance and market accessibility in a timely, sustainable fashion

Dr. Pornchai Mongkhonvanit

Siam University

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Break and Networking Session

11:00 am - 11:30 am [Case Study] Corporate Partnership to Enhance Curriculum and Provide More Opportunities for the Students

Professor Sherman Young - Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, Macquarie University
As part of its approach to student learning, Macquarie University has an ambitious community and corporate engagement program designed to provide work integrated learning opportunities for all of its students. The university’s Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) program currently works with over 2,000 partners locally and internationally to provide experiential learning to over 7,000 students annually. This presentation will explore the opportunities and challenges of this key initiative.

Professor Sherman Young

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching
Macquarie University

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Building Strong Industry-Academia Collaborations for Greater Funding and Less Tuition Fee-Dependent

Professor Ching-Ray Chang - Vice president of administrative affairs, National Taiwan University
The traditional model of higher education attraction based on ranking is no longer the only working model due to the changing demands from students and the industry. Young entrepreneur universities are now gaining concrete reputation for its proactive approaches, relevancy and direct impact to its stakeholders. This session will focus on a young university who embarked on the innovative journey to build its institution’s brand and gain recognition from the values it presents to the industry
  • From ivory tower to the incubator: reassessing your institution’s positioning to students, industry and community
  • Augmenting the institution’s recognition by strengthening your position with the 2 key stakeholders: industry and students
  • Re-affirming the values of your qualifications for the students
  • Affirming the positioning to industry: access to quality students, and affordable consultation

Professor Ching-Ray Chang

Vice president of administrative affairs
National Taiwan University

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm [Case Study] University-Industry Collaborations (UIC) as a Mechanism to Diversify Income Streams

Professor Graham Kendall - Provost and CEO, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
As an established private research university, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) has an active research portfolio which is drawn from various sources but which has an emphasis on business engagement.

This session will focus on the strategic engagement with the business community and several business engagement projects. UNMC has also established an R&D company (MyResearch Sdn Bhd) as a vehicle to foster further engagement with the industrial sector. The talk will illustrate:

  • The research studies that underpin UICs (University-Industry Collaborations)
  • What percentage of revenues other universities, from across the world, are able to generate from UICs
  • Is it possible to not be so reliant on student fees? What diversification strategies are there?
  • How to secure funds, grants and scholarships from the industrial sector, which result in a win-win
  • The different ways to leverage on the intellectual property that exists within your University
  • Is it possible to leverage off the students, resulting in benefits for all stakeholders?
  • How do you measure the success of a UIC?

Professor Graham Kendall

Provost and CEO
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

  • How to sell yourself? – Providing strategic expertise to industry that transforms institution’s positioning
  • Strengthening university industry relationships for various supports
  • Seizing the emerging research opportunities to drive research competency and overcome funding constraints
  • Sustaining competitive research impacts with a focus on outcomes and end-user adoption

Professor Martin L. Dunn

Associate Provost for Research
Singapore University of Technology and Design


Professor Dr. Noorsaadah Abd. Rahman

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)
University of Malaya


Chris Harris

Senior Director, Industry Relations
Kaplan Singapore

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm [Keynote] Inter-Academia Partnership to Drive Competitiveness and Research Capabilities

Professor Monique Skidmore - Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Advancing partnerships to yield value-added and quantifiable outcomes
  • Re-evaluating MOU terms, benchmarking collaborative performance and ensuring fair ‘Pie-sharing’
  • Cultivating the right partnering focus which aligns mutual strengths of the institutions
  • Optimizing the knowledge exchange and grasping for extended opportunities

Professor Monique Skidmore

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global
University of Tasmania, Australia

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm [Case Study] Transforming the Internationalisation Efforts with Effective Cross-Border Mobility Programs

Dr. Björn Kjerfve - Chancellor and Professor, American University of Sharjah, U.A.E
American University of Sharjah, a private not-for-profit institution in U.A.E, is ranked #7 in QS Rankings - Arab Region 2015. A decent 84% out of its 6,000 annual enrolment are international students from 99 countries, making the university highly recognised for its international standard. The university’s internationalisation success comes from the effective credentialing, partnering and mobility management efforts.
  • Easing the visa and procedure hassle for an enhanced international students experience
  • Expanding the outreach to the prospective students: online programs, digital marketing and local recruitment agency
  • Tackling budget constraints in internationalization efforts
  • Generating internationalization opportunities via joint programs, international accreditation, cross-border research partnership

Dr. Björn Kjerfve

Chancellor and Professor
American University of Sharjah, U.A.E

3:00 pm - 11:59 pm Afternoon Break and Networking Session

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm [Case Study] Strengthening International Credit Transfers to Uplift International Recruitment Strategies

Adam Thompson - Assistant Assistant President - Academic Affairs, Stamford International University, Thailand
Stamford International University, a member of Laureate International Universities, is one of the most international universities in South East Asia with 45% international students coming from 112 countries and total enrollment growth of 30% per year for the past four years. The university has become the first in the region to be accredited by IACBE for its student-centered business and management programs.

  • Bridging the language gap through bi-lingual programs
  • Best strategies for obtaining IACBE accreditation: an 18 month start to finish guide
  • How to implement a grass roots student-led international student recruitment strategy
  • How to maximize the benefit of international collaborations through offering targeted dual-degree programs

Adam Thompson

Assistant Assistant President - Academic Affairs
Stamford International University, Thailand

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm [Case Study] Cultivating a Sustainable Offshore Strategy – the Case Study of University of Wollongong

Professor Trevor Spedding - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) - South East Asia, University of Wollongong, Australia
The University of Wollongong executes a diverse transnational global education strategy via its progressive overseas campuses and offshore partners across locations including Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. It also comprehensively extends its outreach through student mobility, distance education, and credit transfer.

Responsible for operations in South East Asia, Professor Trevor Spedding will share strategic management insights, which ensure successful and sustainable expansion without compromising quality.

Professor Trevor Spedding

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) - South East Asia
University of Wollongong, Australia

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Building Sustainable International Engagement

Dr. Christine Chow - Principal Advisor Global Business, RMIT University, Australia
• Effective strategies for establishing a sustainable branch campus
• Critical success factors for IBCs
• Managing organizational boundaries between the home and branch campuses

Dr. Christine Chow

Principal Advisor Global Business
RMIT University, Australia

5:00 pm - 3:00 pm End of Conference