Univer-Cities Conference 2019

Univer-Cities Aligning to Economic and Global Restructuring, and Addressing Unsustainable Social Inequality

18 November 2019

Univer-Cities Conference 2019


About

The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) will be hosting the fourth Univer-Cities Conference this year on 18 November 2019 (Monday), with the theme 'Univer-Cities Aligning to Economic and Global Restructuring, and Addressing Unsustainable Social Inequality'.

The Univer-Cities discourse gathers together eminent universities from around the world to discuss the changing role of universities in serving the urban hinterland where they are situated. The first conference focussed on'Strategic Implications for Asia'. Univer-Cities Conference 2 had the theme 'Strategic View of the Future', while Univer-Cities Conference 3 was on 'Strategic Implications of Univer-Cities with Medical School Origins'.

The discussion at Univer-Cities Conference 2019 will be set against a backdrop of the continual economic re-structuring as well as technological and social disruption. Amidst these disruptions, it is needful for universities to re-visit their roles in serving their cities, to deal with such questions as:

  • How can universities prepare their graduates to excel in a disrupted world?
  • How can universities contribute to the re-skilling of a disrupted workforce?
  • How can universities help cities to grow in a sustainable manner?
  • How can universities be promoters of social inclusion, rather than being bastions of exclusive elitism?

Univer-Cities Conference 2019 will congregate senior-level academic, government and industry leaders from around the world to share their insights, experience and aspiration on the role of universities in our disrupted world.

Programme


8.30am - 9.00amRegistration
9.00am - 9.10amWelcome Address
By Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, Singapore University of Social Sciences
9.10am - 9.20am Introductory Remarks on Univer-Cities Conference 2019
By Adjunct Professor Anthony Teo, School of Business & S R Nathan School of Human Development, Singapore University of Social Sciences, and Convenor and Editor, Univer-Cities Conference & Proceedings Volume I-IV
9.20am - 9.35am Keynote Address on 'Univer-Cities Aligning to Economic and Global Restructuring, and Addressing Unsustainable Social Inequality'
By Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge, and Chairman, Cancer Research UK
9.35am - 11.05amPanel Session 1: 'Rising to the Challenge'

Panellists:

  • Mr Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive, SkillsFuture Singapore
  • Professor Tan Eng Chye, President, National University of Singapore
  • Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, Singapore University of Social Sciences

Moderator:

  • Professor Cham Tao Soon, President Emeritus, Nanyang Technological University
11.05am - 11.35amCoffee Break
11.35am - 12.55pmPanel Session 2: 'Progress from Univer-Cities Conference 2016'

Panellists:

  • Professor Caroline McMillen, Chief Scientist for South Australia, and former Vice Chancellor, University of Newcastle
  • Professor James Best, Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
  • Mr John Parman, Visiting Scholar in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ms Emily Marthinsen, Campus Architect and former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Physical & Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley
  • Professor Frank Rühli, Founding Chair (Full Professor) and Director of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich

Panellist & Moderator:

  • Dr Gordon Johnson, former President of Wolfson College and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University
12.55pm - 2.00pmLunch
2.00pm - 2.35pmIn Conversation with Ms Lauren Sorkin, Acting Executive Director, Global Resilient Cities Network, The Rockefeller Foundation
 

Moderator:

  • Tan Sri Dr (Med) Sharifah Hapsah, Emerita Vice Chancellor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
2.35pm - 4.10pmPanel Session 3: 'Addressing Inequalities'

Panellists:

  • Professor Asit K. Biswas, Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow, and Chairman, Water Management International Pte Ltd
  • Dr Cecilia Tortajada, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • Mr Francis Larios, Chief Academics Officer, PHINMA Education
  • Professor Suh Nam Pyo, Ralph E & Eloise F Cross Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Panellist & Moderator:

  • Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, Singapore University of Social Sciences
4.10pm - 4.25pmClosing Remarks
By Adjunct Professor Anthony Teo, School of Business & S R Nathan School of Human Development, Singapore University of Social Sciences, and Convenor & Editor, Univer-Cities Conference & Proceedings Volume I-IV
4.25pm - 4.35pmPresentation of Mementoes
4.35pmEnd of Conference
7.00pm - 9.30pmDinner at The Clifford Pier (Cocktails will be served from 6.30pm)
Occupying the space of the original Clifford Pier, our dining destination at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore preserves the pier's hawker culture while honouring its historical role as the landing point of Singapore's forefathers. As Singapore's iconic heritage site, The Clifford Pier is poised to ignite a multi-sensory experience of taste, sight and sound during our dinner. For more information, please visit https://www.fullertonhotels.com/the-fullerton-bay-hotel/the-clifford-pier.html.

Speakers

Professor James Best

Professor James Best

Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Nanyang Technological University

Professor Asit K. Biswas

Professor Asit K. Biswas

Distinguished Visiting Professor
University of Glasgow
Chairman
Water Management International Pte Ltd

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Chairman
Cancer Research UK
Former Vice Chancellor
University of Cambridge

Professor Cham Tao Soon

Professor Cham Tao Soon

President Emeritus
Nanyang Technological University

Professor Cheong Hee Kiat

Professor Cheong Hee Kiat

President
Singapore University of Social Sciences

Tan Sri Dr (Med) Sharifah Hapsah

Tan Sri Dr (Med) Sharifah Hapsah

Emerita Vice Chancellor
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Dr Gordon Johnson

Dr Gordon Johnson

Former President
Wolfson College
Deputy Vice Chancellor
Cambridge University

Mr Francis Larios

Mr Francis Larios

Chief Academics Officer
PHINMA Education

Ms Emily Marthinsen

Ms Emily Marthinsen

Campus Architect and former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Physical & Environment Planning
University of California, Berkeley

Professor Caroline McMillen

Professor Caroline McMillen

Chief Scientist for South Australia
Former Vice Chancellor
University of Newcastle

Mr Ng Cher Pong

Mr Ng Cher Pong

Chief Executive
SkillsFuture Singapore

Mr John Parman

Mr John Parman

Visiting Scholar in Architecture
University of California, Berkeley

Professor Frank Rühli

Professor Frank Rühli

Founding Chair (Full Professor) and Director of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
University of Zurich

Ms Lauren Sorkin

Ms Lauren Sorkin

Acting Executive Director, Global Resilient Cities Network
The Rockefeller Foundation

Professor Suh Nam Pyo

Professor Suh Nam Pyo

Ralph E & Eloise F Cross Professor Emeritus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Tan Eng Chye

Professor Tan Eng Chye

President
National University of Singapore

Dr Cecilia Tortajada

Dr Cecilia Tortajada

Senior Research Fellow
Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Adjunct Professor Anthony Teo

Adjunct Professor Anthony Teo

Adjunct Professor
School of Business & S R Nathan School of Human Development
Singapore University of Social Sciences
Convenor and Editor
Univer-Cities Conference & Proceedings Volume I-IV

Venue

LT B.2.17
Block B, Level 2
Singapore University of Social Sciences
463 Clementi Road
Singapore 599494

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Getting here

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The campus is easily accessible via the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) towards Tuas. Exit at Exit 26A and turn left onto Clementi Road.

Parking on Campus

Cars - $1.28 per hour (inclusive of GST), based on 30-minute block charging. 
Motorcycles - Free

Operating Hours: 6.00am to 11.59pm (daily including Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays).

Bus

Bus number: 52, 61, 74, 75, 151, 154, 184.

MRT

Nearest MRT stations: King Albert Park and Beauty World (Downtown Line 2); and Dover and Clementi (East-West Line).

Contact

For enquiries and to register your interest in attending the conference, please email us at dW5pdmVyLWNpdGllczIwMTlAc3Vzcy5lZHUuc2c=. Successful registrants will hear from us shortly after.

Advisory Council

We are pleased to advise colleagues, the members of the distinguished Advisory Council for the Univer-Cities Conference 2019.

Members include:

Bertil Andersson

Professor Bertil Andersson

Nanyang Technological University President and Trustee, Nobel Foundation

Cham Tao Soon

Professor Dr Cham Tao Soon, Emeritus Chancellor

SIM University, Founder President of NTU and The Singapore Academy of Engineers. Recipient of the 2006 United Kingdom's Distinguished Engineering International Medal

Gordon Johnson

Former Cambridge Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Gordon Johnson

President of The Royal Asiatic Society, former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge and Chairman, Cambridge University Press

Lilia Labidi

HE Dr Lilia Labidi

Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Centre; Visiting Research Professor at the Middle East Institute (National University of Singapore), and former Minister for Women's Affairs in the Tunisian cabinet post-Arab Spring

John H McArthur

Professor John H McArthur

Dean Emeritus and George F. Baker Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Duke University Health System Board of Directors; Koç University Board of Overseers; Chairman of Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; and Officer of the Order of Canada

Dr Rudolph A Marcus

Emeritus Professor Dr Rudolph A Marcus

Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1992

Sharifah Hapsah

Tan Sri Dato' Seri Emerita Professor Dr (Med) Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin

Former Vice-Chancellor UKM & Senior Consultant, Prime Minister's Department of Malaysia and President, National Council of Women's Organisation, Malaysia

Lap-Chee Tsui

Emeritus Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Lap-Chee Tsui

OC, FRS, The University of Hong Kong, discoverer of the gene causing cystic fibrosis and past President of Human Genome Organisation

Dr Nam-Pyo Suh

Emeritus MIT's Ralph & Eloise Cross Professor Dr Nam-Pyo Suh

Thought leader - Post Fast Proto-typing Innovations at KAIST to the 'Nam-Pyo's Re-Engineered Methodology' to Enhance Probability in Measurable Optimising Completion of Complex Projects to Market

Richard Bender

Emeritus Berkeley's Environmental Design Dean & Chair Professor of Architecture Professor Richard Bender

Former Dean of the College of Environmental Design and Chair and Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley. Distinguished place-making from early CERN to CAL and UC System, Mori Foundation to NTU 202

Publications

Univer-CitiesBookVolumeI

Univer-Cities Book Volume I

Univer-Cities: Strategic Implications for Asia
Readings from Cambridge and Berkeley to Singapore

Univer-CitiesBookVolumeII

Univer-Cities Book Volume II

Univer-Cities: Strategic View of the Future
From Berkeley and Cambridge to Singapore and Rising Asia

Univer-CitiesBookVolumeIII

Univer-Cities Book Volume III

Univer-Cities: Strategic Dilemmas of Medical Origins and Selected Modalities
Water, Quantum Leap & New Models

Host

SUSS is a Singapore autonomous university that is continually providing inclusive lifelong learning and applied education opportunities with a strong social emphasis that transcends disciplinary focus. Our mission is to champion lifelong education to develop future thinkers and leaders to their full potential through our 3H’s education philosophy of ‘Head’ for professional competency with applied knowledge, ‘Heart’ for social awareness of the needs of the society, and ‘Habit’ for passion towards lifelong learning.

 

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