What is #ASEFInnoLab about?
The ASEF Higher Education Innovation Laboratory (ASEFInnoLab) titled Universities’ Role in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovation Ecosystems provides opportunity for participants to exchange good practices, co-create new ideas and explore areas for collaboration among their institutions. The second ASEFInnoLab is a 6-week long online project, that brings together university managers, administrators and academics to discuss strategies to enhance their role in the development of artificial intelligence innovation ecosystems. In particular, it will tackle the following two topics:
1 | Teaching and Entrepreneurship for AI Innovation Ecosystems
2 | Research and Technology Transfer in AI Innovation Ecosystems
What are the main objectives of #ASEFInnoLab?
The project aims to:
Enhanced understanding of data and artificial innovation ecosystems, and universities role is advancing them. The project specifically looks at teaching and skill building for AI innovation ecosystems, and advancing research and technology transfer of universities in AI innovation ecosystems.
STIMULATE INNOVATIVE IDEAS
Through learning from experts and peers, higher education managers should be able to think about innovate and actionable ideas on how to improve innovation strategies and practices in their institutions.
BUILD PEER SUPPORT NETWORKS
Create an Asia-Europe platform of practitioners to exchange good practices and promote collaboration in innovation for digitalisation and sustainable development in Asia and Europe.
What topics will be discussed and how?
The Lab will be organised entirely virtual between 4 November – 9 December 2021. It is a 6-week engagement and requires participants to set aside approximately 3-4 hours every week to prepare for and participate in the sessions.
The Lab consists of
- “Pioneer Sessions” led by Expert Facilitators| mandatory every week on Thursday
These live online group sessions will be organised on Thursdays between 8.00-10.00AM GMT (morning in Europe, afternoon in Asia). Renowned subject matter experts, university leaders in the field of AI and innovation ecosystems will provide valuable inputs and good practice examples for participants. Webinars allow for real-time dialogue with speakers. Recordings are made available to ensure that participants have a flexible and seamless learning experience.
- “Action Sessions” led by Mentors | available every week on Friday
These are small group discussions are dedicated to discussing the content and ideas emerging from the Pioneer session in a small group, in a safe and inclusive environment. Each group will consist of max 10 participants, allowing for real-time collaborative work with peers. Participants will received tailored advice and guidance on their action plans from the mentor and peers. Optional to attend, but participants are encouraged to make best use of these sessions.
- “Self-paced study elements” | on demand
The online study platform of ASEFInnoLab offer several materials such as readings, videos, case studies on the topic of teaching and research in AI innovation ecosystems.
Take a closer look at the Programme Outline here.
How do participants benefit from #ASEFInnoLab?
Participants will complete the training with a key combination of knowledge, practical solutions and new networks which can advance their work in driving innovation. Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will have:
Enhanced understanding of AI innovation ecosystems
The lab will help participants to understand the role of higher education institutions in AI innovation ecosystems and expand their knowledge on different strategies to boost their universities’ contribution to ecosystems.
Action plans to get ahead of change
Participants will develop their own action plans to enhance existing strategies and practices at their home institutions to unlock the full potential of their own university.
Peer support network
We fully expect new bi-lateral and multi-lateral partnerships emerging among the 25 participants from different countries across Asia and Europe.
Opportunity to co-design projects with Fudan University
Two participants of ASEFInnoLab will have the opportunity to co-design and launch a joint project with Fudan University. Selected participants will get the chance to work with Fudan University to set their action plan proposal forth or co-design new collaborations with the Chinese partner.
Who is #ASEFInnoLab designed for?
We envision about 25 participants from among the 51 ASEM countries to join the ASEF Higher Education Innovation Laboratory, who meet the following criteria:
- Managers, administrators or academics in tertiary higher education institutions in charge of initiatives related to the ASEFInnoLab1 topics
- Citizens of any of the 51 ASEM partner countries
- Excellent command of English (written and verbal)
Participants will be selected by an Open Call for Application. The screening process ensures a non-discriminative approach assuring a balanced geographic representation, gender balance and fair access to the opportunity for all.
WHEN & WHERE
4 November – 9 December 2021 , online
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
There is no registration or participation fee.
ASEFInnoLab is accessible to all participants. The organisers do not discriminate any applicant or participant on the basis of his or her race, national origin (ancestry), colour, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, religion (creed), marital status, or age.
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WANT TO PARTICIPATE?
The Open Call for Application will be launched on Monday, 4 October 2021. Stay tuned!