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Dynamic resilience at WEF Davos

24 January 2013

Prof Tan at the IdeasLab with MIT on "Disruptive Education"

Photo: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

"X Factors: Preparing for the Unknown" is one of the interesting "reality" topics to be discussed at the 43rd World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2013 at Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

As a panellist at the session, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan will join thought leaders in sharing the exciting discoveries and emergent phenomena that my impact countries, companies and individuals in unforeseen ways.

Prior to that, Prof Tan will moderate a session on The Global Science Look comprising a panel of top scientific institutions - the US National Science Foundation, the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN and GAVI Alliance. He will steer the attending experts in appraising the science agenda in 2013, addressing critical issues such as creating new sources of growth, ensuring food and resource security, as well as strengthening decision-making capacity.

The Swiss public radio and television Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen will be broadcasting Prof Tan's views in an exclusive interview on these topics and what he foresees for the future of universities.

Prof Tan is currently attending the WEF Annual Meeting held from 23 to 26 January this year. On the first day, he facilitated the IdeasLab with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on "Disruptive Education - Building Resilient Institutions", as part of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Universities.

The session looked at breakthrough research and innovation that create new models of education. The panel discussion examined three broad ideas: developing learning platforms to rethink university education; fostering anti-disciplinary thinking for breakthrough innovation; bridging science, education and policy in stopping the cancer tsunami; and implications of the digital revolution for work and education.

Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, is also having a packed schedule at Davos.

He spoke on the opening day at the Global Security Context, a session touching on strategic shifts and transformations shaping the global security. He was engaged in an interactive dialogue with young leaders at the Davos Workshop for Oxford Commission, followed by a private roundtable conversation on "The Future of US Power" with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. After lunch, he joined a debate recording by BBC on whether democracy is making progress in North Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere in the world two years after the Arab Spring.

On the final day, Prof Mahbubani will be speaking on Pundits, Professors and Their Predictions as an opinion shaper, and discuss scenarios for 2013.

WEF, an independent international organisation seeking to improve the state of the world, holds its Annual Meeting at Davos-Klosters every January. The forum serves as a platform for engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

With the theme of Resilient Dynamism, this year's WEF Annual Meeting challenges participants to look beyond simple solutions to conceive strategic partnerships and new approaches such that a more equitable and sustainable future for the world can be achieved.