It is crucial to learn lessons from the past three years, including the importance of cooperation across borders, industries and professions, especially amid geopolitical tensions. International collaboration in scientific research must become the norm, not the exception.
With AI rapidly changing the world of work, humans must focus on how we can work alongside, and set ourselves apart from, robots. This means refining education to ensure young people leave school equipped with soft skills, the ability to think critically, and a practical knowledge of AI.
The pandemic has taught us that everyone has a role to play in times of crises – a lesson we must remember when addressing climate change. Universities are no exception; they must use their vast influence and research expertise to lead society in drastically reducing carbon emissions.
As Hong Kong seeks to recover its status as a global finance and aviation hub, we must not overlook the industries of tomorrow. The city should recast itself as more than a financial powerhouse and strive to be one of the world’s great education and technology hubs.
Virtual technology has not only allowed study abroad experiences to continue during the pandemic, but made them more accessible to less privileged students. With international travel likely to remain a luxury in a post-pandemic world, online student exchanges offer an affordable alternative.
With five universities ranked in the world’s top 100, Hong Kong can fuel regional growth through innovation, research and education. Its capacity for world-class education and research will help preserve the city’s global status and add value to the region.