Innovation and Change: Building University Entrepreneurship Ecosystem 27 Mar 2019 09:00 10:00

Innovation and Change: Building University Entrepreneurship Ecosystem 27 Mar 2019 09:00 10:00

Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad Presenter
Mr Yusuf Varachia Presenter
Ms Hua-Ling Linda Chang Presenter


Innovation and Change: Building University Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Traditional models for transnational education (TNE) are insufficient in responding to the prevailing trends of Higher Education 4.0 in the ASEAN region and reflecting on the era of “Global Competition 2.0” in the global landscape. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) strive to set up effective programs in order to create synergy among all stakeholders of the HEI community. Effective university entrepreneurship programs build an ecosystem and develop long-term and successful TNE partnership among the universities, government and industry. This session explores the comparative practices in building university entrepreneurship ecosystem in three APAIE host cities, Kuala Lumpur, Vancouver BC, and Taipei. Presenters from National Taiwan University (NTU), National University of Malaysia (UKM), and Simon Fraser University (SFU) will share how the three universities foster entrepreneurial environments in relations to international partnership, local government, and the industry. Participants to the session will take away insights as to how to cope with the call for innovation and change while nourishing diversity and inclusivity in the greater university community.

1. Participants will examine the comparative practices of building effective university entrepreneurship ecosystem in Malaysia, Canada and Taiwan.
2. Participants will explore examples from three universities of APAIE host cities in fostering entrepreneurial environments in relations to HEI, government, and the industry.
3. Participants will take away insights about developing sustainable international collaboration via university-industry partnership, entrepreneurial and co-op programs.


Prof J Chris Lin 
Deputy Vice President for International Affairs,
National Taiwan University,

Professor Chris Lin is the Deputy Vice President for International Affairs and the Chairperson of the Department of International Business, National Taiwan University. With an expertise in marketing and brand strategy, he is in charge of NTU’s international marketing and student recruitment strategies. As a professor of marketing, Professor Lin has been consistently receiving teaching awards from NTU for his teaching excellence in addition to several international research awards.

Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad
Deputy Director, International Relations (UKM Global)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

With a PhD in Communication Studies, Dr. Abdul Latiff Ahmad currently is the Deputy Director of the International Relations Centre at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is also a lecturer at the Centre of Communication and Digital Communities specializing in the field of intercultural communication and new media technologies.

Mr Darren Schemmer
Executive Director,
Simon Fraser University International,
Simon Fraser University,

Darren Schemmer is Executive Director of Simon Fraser University International, overseeing the strategy and coordination of SFU’s international engagement. A former diplomat, he also co-chairs the board of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation and is on the boards of CESO and the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute.

Room 304