14 March 17:30-19:00
The Techno-Economic Revolution and the ‘Entrepreneurial University’ with Shaukat Hameed Khan (Pakistan & Brasenose 1962).
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Economies everywhere are facing an ‘expectation’ crisis driven by an apparently irrevocable shift of manufacturing and design from the developed countries to emerging economies as seen in recent trade and patent wars. The emerging countries, on the other hand, view STI (Science Technology and Innovation) as some sort of magic wand, which will enable them to become a knowledge economy. Economic Growth in the 21st C depends upon a new breed of worker from the scientist to the ordinary employee, coupled with rapid technological and organizational changes leading to innovation and productivity. It is argued that STI alone is not a magic wand. Lessons from extensive growth accounting studies show that a country trying to pay ‘catch-up’ cannot replicate exactly those who have gone before, unless there is a strong congruence between its technological and social capabilities. While a review of the role of universities in general and school systems (such as the GCSE in the UK) is valid, let us avoid burdening our universities with economic outcomes only. Can entrepreneurship be taught? Finally, some recent trends in S. Asia are discussed.
Bio:A Rhodes scholar with BSc and DPhil degrees from Oxford, he retired as Chief Scientist from the PAEC in 2005. where he was involved in R&D and teaching as well as production of lasers valued at over US$ 150m, (including export to S.E. Asia and CERN, Switzerland). He served as Rector of GIKI and is a recipient of the President’s Medal and the Technology Gold Medal by the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. As Coordinator General of the OIC Standing Committee on S&T he presented the OIC Ten-Year S&T Plan at a special OIC Summit of Heads of States in Astana (2017). Some work in the policy domain includes the ‘Vision 2030’ foresight document (2007), reforms in Higher Education, the National Industrial Policy (2011). Also represented Pakistan at the Summit of 100 scientists from the EU and Asia in Japan, 2010. At Oxford he played cricket for BNC, was president of the Majlis and the Ralegh Club apart from rowing in the BNC Alien Eight in the ‘Bumps’ – even though he could not swim! His current interests include the energy transition, development of different and higher skills, and the emerging relation between science and society. His most recent publications in 2018 include the OIC RE Profile 2018.