The three-day virtual East Asia Summit featured speakers from China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan on key topics for impact in the region.
After another sold-out event in Bengaluru the previous week, HolonIQ’s Global Impact Summits extended across to East Asia, to explore the changing impact economy over three days with startups and established players, investors, researchers and experts working within and beyond the region.
Through HolonIQ’s signature overview of the global impact economy from population growth, advanced technology, capital markets and the innovation economy, Co-CEOs Maria Spies and Patrick Brothers underlined the key role of Asia’s population in the second half of this century, as part of over 2 billion more learners expected globally by 2050.
The challenges and opportunities of the varied countries in this region were taken on by speakers during the three-day East Asia Summit. Presentations, discussions and virtual fireside chats highlighted how innovation and impact is being realized with increasingly advanced technology, combined with a keen appetite for focussing on and elevating the human experience, particularly in the education landscape.
Strengthening tech infrastructure, but with a clear focus on learners and teachers
In a varied education track, we heard from expert speakers including Sohee Shin, CEO of Education Commission Asia, part of a global initiative encouraging greater progress on SDG 4 - ensuring inclusive and quality education for all. Sohee shared how the global initiative ‘High Touch High Tech for All’ (HTHT) aims to deliver personalized learning for the most disadvantaged learners by combining the unique strengths of the teacher (High Touch) and the power of Artificial Intelligence (High Tech).
“There is a saying that 20th century teachers teach 21st century students in 19th century classrooms. The traditional model of education where all students received standardised education has failed millions of students around the world”
These themes were echoed by other speakers, including Ted Mo Chen, Vice President, Globalization at ClassIn, who spoke about a growing demand for adoption of student-led pedagogies in the East Asia region, catalyzed by a combination of high enrollments, disengaged students and stressed faculties. As East Asian countries such as Japan, Korea and China look to balance long hours of study and tutoring with enhanced student and teacher experience, the role of hybrid classroom solutions is coming more into focus:
“Classroom is a huge factor to boost learning outcomes; 25% of change in an academic year has been shown to be associated with classroom design”