by Jorge Cham
Subject:   TRANSFORMATION OF R & D IN EAST ASIA & JAPAN
Sponsor:   US-Japan Technology Management Center
Speaker:   Professor. Harry Tan
Date:   Thursday, September 30, 1999
Time:   4:15pm - 5:30pm
Location:   Skilling Auditorium [look for it in a campus map]
Event URL:   http://www.stanford.edu/~viji/
Sponsor URL:   http://fuji.stanford.edu
Costs:   FREE ADMISSION
Contact:   Viji Jagannathan (650) 725-4811
Prof. Harry Tan, Nanyang Tech University, Singapore, will give a talk titled "Development, Policies & Opportunities in the Emerging Digital Economies of Asia" Thursday, September 30, 4:15-5:30 pm, Skilling Auditorium, Stanford University. ABSTRACT: Several of the Asia Pacific economies believe that to sustain economic growth, they need to concentrate their scarce resources and efforts into high technology industries to develop and transform their local economy into a credible high tech force. Even in the private sector, the innovative adoption of high technology is commonly seen as the future of business and national growth. The most common step taken at national levels is to encourage local enterprises to become enabled to conduct electronic commerce locally, regionally and eventually globally. What appears to be a simple 'follow the leader' (effectively the US at this time) policy of going 'high tech' is a sublime change for many Asian economies. From direct research and development, there is a change in Asian governments to enable its R&D workforce to become more entrepreneurial and thus hopefully making the actual R&D more driven by economic demand. The objective of this presentation is to see where the Asia electronic commerce race is going and what has happened over the past year to change the high tech R&D environment. This presentation is in three parts: Part I - Competitive Strengths of Asia Pacific Digital Economies. In this part we look at the efforts taken by the Asian economies to become regional leaders in Electronic Commerce. Each vying to become the regional leader which promises economic growth or regrowth for some. Part II - Transformation of Singapore's R&D landscape An example of the direction in which R&D has taken is how Singapore focusses its wealth of resources into high technology and specifically in Electronic Commerce arena. Part III - High Tech R&D and Business Opportunities in Asia As a result of the policy changes, there are opportunities to be had in Asia for budding engineers and R&D scientists. Here we look at the infrastructure and the breadth of opportunities for new ideas or employment in the region.
Event history: Submitted by viji on 28-Sep-1999;
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