The 2018 Zhongguancun Forum was held in Beijing from November 2 to 3, bringing together experts from China and abroad to discuss global innovation and high-quality development. The forum, organized by ZGC Development Group and Peakview Capital, was co-hosted by Center for China and Globalization (CCG), Zhongguancun Entrepreneur Advisory Committee, and the Z-Park Industrial Technology Alliance.
The two-day event took the theme of "Global Innovation and High-quality Development" and drew innovators, business executives, and experts from over a dozen countries including the US, Germany, and Britain.
International guests included Mr. Stefan W. Hell, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry; Sir Peter Bonfield, winner of the Commander of the British Empire, fellow of the Royal Institute of Engineering and chairman of NXP Semiconductors; and Mr. Peterz Lavie, president of the Israel Institute of Technology.
In his opening remarks, Wang Xiaochu, vice minister of human resources and social security, introduced the development of Zhongguancun over the last three decades into a center of technology and innovation. He emphasized that the key to resolving structural talent gaps China currently faces is a mechanism for cultivating skilled talent.
On November 2, CCG co-hosted a sub-forum on global innovation and talent strategy.
Jeffrey S Lehman. Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai and Professor of Law, noted the significance of the establishment of joint Sino-foreign universities for the development of Chinese higher education and proposed some ideas to nurture innovative capabilities.
Denis Simon, Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University, gave an overview of Duke Kunshan’mixed mode of education and its value in developing well-rounded talent.
Qin Fei, director of Cross Faculty Studies and associate professor at the University of Bath School of Management， United Kingdom, shared her observations on the development of talent in high-tech fields and introduced the positive role of international circulation of talent, and the concentration and spillover effects of human capital.
Later, deputy head of CCG’s Belt and Road Institute, Xiao Huilin, hosted a discussed on global talent and mechanisms for cultivating talent. The discussion featured experts such as Ma Kangmei, vice president of China University of Political Science and Law, and Patrick Rooney, managing director for Asia Pacific and Middle East of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
CCG President Wang Huiyao gave a speech at the close of the forum on international talent and innovative cities of the future. He said that future urbanization and building innovative cities of the future will require attracting more international talent to China. He noted that the creation of the State Immigration Administration has sent a signal to the world that China welcomes international talent. In addition, Wang said that there is a need for better global governance mechanisms for global talent, outlining ideas for a global talent organization. He recommended that China should continue to develop long-stay permit and green card policies to encourage international talent to come to China.