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Shiyi CHEN

Southern University of Science and Technology

Former Vice President
Peking University

Peretz LAVIE

Israel National Council for Civilian Research & Development

Former President
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology


TAN Eng Chye

National University of Singapore

Immediate Former Chair
Universitas 21


January 12, 2021


As more Asian countries bet their future growth on innovations, cultivating sustainable startup ecosystems becomes an urgent and important task. Since the success of Silicon Valley, the role model startup hub, has been so closely related to Stanford University, it is natural to wonder what roles higher education institutions could play in catalyzing innovations in Asia.

Among the global startup hubs, Singapore, Shenzhen, and Israel are shining examples. These three hubs have distinct histories and cultures, but one thing in common is they all have vibrant innovation communities and strong higher education institutions. 

In this dialogue, top university leaders from the three regions shared their challenges and opportunities.

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