ZJU Delegation Attends Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2017


    At the invitation of the organizing committee of the World Economic Forum, the Zhejiang University delegation attended the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions (a.k.a the Summer Davos Forum) on June 27-29 in Dalian. The delegation delivered speeches in such sessions as University Leaders Dialogue, Ideas Lab, Science Hub and Dragon Science. They showcased the latest research achievements of the university and innovative proposals concerning global challenges.

Group shot of ZJU delegation

    This Summer Davos Forum is themed on “Achieving Inclusive Growth in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Over 2,000 leaders on the cutting edge of innovation, science and technology from more than 80 countries gathered together to build a future where entrepreneurship serves all of society. On the morning of June 27, Prime minister Li Keqiang delivered a keynote address in the opening ceremony. “This round of industrial revolution, fostered in the era of economic globalization, is changing our world in an unprecedented way in terms of speed, scope and depth of transformation, giving a strong boost to economic growth of all countries. However, if not managed properly, this round of change may also lead to lack of inclusiveness in growth,” said Li Keqiang, “China has been an active facilitator of inclusive growth. We are ready to work with all countries to achieve inclusive growth in economic globalization and the new industrial revolution, build a community of shared future, and create an even brighter tomorrow for mankind.”

    On the morning of June 28, Wu Zhaohui attended the University Leaders Dialogue and carried out in-depth discussions with presidents of top universities from the United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan and Korea in regard to the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution to tertiary education and its profound impact. “At the core of the fourth industrial revolution is the intelligent aspect of big data. While transforming the way mankind will produce and live in the future, it will also reshape the content and pattern of future learning. Future learning will be featured by data-augmented learning, innovation-driven learning and meaning-constructed learning. Higher learning should be dedicated to the development of mission-driven learning, the ideal of taking the world as his own duty, and the cultivation of abilities to tackle major challenges all over the globe,” Wu Zhaohui said. He also shared with the audience the educational and teaching reform that Zhejiang University has carried out to respond positively to the fourth industrial revolution. First, it has deepened the reform on talent cultivation patterns and laid more emphasis on general education so as to turn out elites equipped with interdisciplinary capabilities. Second, it has boosted innovation in teaching methods and explored the possibility of transforming conventional methodology by utilizing information technology so as to establish a harmonious community of faculty and students. Third, it has promoted open access to resources and channeled social forces and international resources into talent cultivation. Fourth, it has expanded educational scope, pushed forward the shift to the global arena in terms of teaching activities and constructed a close-knit community integrating online and offline learning.

Wu Zhaohui talked in the University Leaders Dialogue  

    After the University Leaders Dialogue, Wu Zhaohui had a talk with Jeremy Jurgens, a member on the Administrative Committee of the World Economic Forum, and reached a preliminary consensus on deeper cooperation. Jeremy Jurgens expressed his hope to join hands with world-class universities, including Zhejiang University, to set up a global think tank. “As one of China’s top universities, Zhejiang University hopes to contribute all it can to help resolve global problems which pose a major barrier to human survival and development,” said Wu Zhaohui.

    On the afternoon of June 28, Zhejiang University and the Summer Davos Forum co-hosted the Ideas Lab under the theme of environmental protection. The increasingly severe environmental pollution has become a major challenge to the whole world. Scholars at Zhejiang University have taken the initiative in providing innovative approaches to environmental protection. Yan Jianhua, Gao Xiang and He Yan introduced cutting-edge technology in this aspect, which riveted the attention of participants.  

Yan Jianhua gave a presentation about waste-to-energy in Ideas Lab.

    Established in 2008, the Young Scientists community brings together the most forward-thinking and advanced young scientific minds in the world. They are selected from all regions and a wide range of disciplines, and have a track record of advancing the frontiers of science, technology and environment in areas of high societal impact. The World Economic Forum selects 50 rising scientists aged below 40 around the world every year. This year, two young scientists from Zhejiang University—Wang Liming and Song Jizhou—were gloriously selected for their contributions to advancing the frontiers of science, engineering and technology.

Wang liming(first right) attended the Dragon Science.