If anyone believes university professors live in ivory towers, you can discard that thought immediately
So the UK is schizophrenic about Europe, but the Chinese in the shape of electronics giant Huawei is absolutely mad for it. ‘In Europe for Europe’ was the resounding slogan bandied about during Huawei’s fifth European Innovation summit, held this year in London.
The day was all about European innovation and how Huawei has been a key enabler in this endeavour. And it has. Huawei has been a dynamic presence in Europe for the last 17 years, actively involved in laying down Europe’s digital infrastructure, working closely with local partners plus over 100 universities and research institutes to advance the goals of Europe’s Horizon 20:20 programme. In the UK alone, this information communications giant has invested £1.3bn so far, making it China’s second largest inward investor.
As well as Huawei’s dedication to the European market, the day also shone a spotlight on the spectacular work undertaken by academics in the name of innovation, the essential driver to economic growth; the critical ingredient to our way of life.
And if anyone believes university professors live in ivory towers, you can discard that thought immediately. The ivory towers were dismantled some time ago, replaced by smart buildings, smart cities, incubators, accelerators and innovation hubs, all intimately shared with business and technology.
While I’m here, I’d like to remind you all about the webinar we’re hosting on June 29th in conjunction with Philips Lighting. Called Empowering citizens in smart societies, you can join Sarah Murray, writer on business, society and the environment for the Economist, as she moderates through this webinar alongside Susanne Seitinger, a specialist in smart cities from Philips Lighting. They will talk about how citizens and businesses in 12 diverse cities around the world envision the benefits of smart cities and engage with webinar participants throughout the session. You can register free online at www.smartcitiesworld.net
Until next week,