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The future of the global knowledge economy in an era of resurgent nationalism

In today’s rapidly changing and globalised world, companies and policymakers find that investing in human capital is becoming increasingly important. Increased connectivity between every part of the globe, and the growing ease of knowledge-sharing, means that corporations now have both the need and the ability to search for talent on a global scale as well. Higher education institutions are one of the key areas where such talent is concentrated, and this knowledge is vital for the health of the economy. Educating the next generation of leaders, thinkers and pioneers has a disproportionately positive effect on economic growth, and companies that facilitate the education of their future employees enjoy an outsized portion of these benefits.

However, the growing wave of nationalism and populism poses a threat to the global knowledge economy. In an unstable world, how can businesses continue tapping into this Asian reservoir of talent? What are the ramifications of increased nationalism and protectionist barriers on the global economy and the movement of human capital?

The event is part of The University of Nottingham’s flagship partnership with Asia House and marks the 20th Anniversary of The Dearing Report, which fundamentally reshaped the structure and direction of UK higher education – creating the conditions that have, and will continue to – underpin the future of Britain’s knowledge economy.


17.30 Registration of participants

17.45 Welcome remarks

17.50 Moderated discussion – The Future of the Global Knowledge Economy in an Era of Resurgent Nationalism

18.45 Closing remarks and networking reception

To register your place, or for any queries or further information, please contact Conor Paterson, at: conor.paterson@asiahouse.co.uk or call 0207 307 5439.

In partnership with






Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham

Professor Sir David Greenaway has been Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham since 2008. He is also a Professor of Economics and established the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy. His research interests lie primarily in the fields of exporting and productivity; cross-border investment and international trade; and economic development. Current projects include work on exports and productivity and spillovers from FDI.

Sir David provides advice to a range of UK government departments including HM Treasury. He also consults organisations including the World Bank, UNIDO, UNCTAD, European Commission, GATT, and UNECE. Sir David received a knighthood for services to education in the 2014 Birthday Honours list.

Lord David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2010–2014)

The Rt Hon. the Lord Willetts is a Conservative Life peer sitting in the House of Lords since 16 October 2015. He previously sat in the House Of Commons as MP for Havant.

In the past, Lord Willetts has held the position of Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Universities and Science) (2010 to 2014), Paymaster General (HM Treasury) (1996 to 1996), Parliamentary Secretary (Duchy of Lancaster Office) (1995 to 1996), Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip) (1995 to 1995), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (1994 to 1995) in government.

He was Shadow Minister (Education) (2007 to 2010), Shadow Secretary of State for Education (2005 to 2007), Shadow Secretary of State (Trade and Industry) (2005 to 2005), Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2001 to 2005), Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1999 to 2001), Shadow Secretary of State for Education (1998 to 1999) in opposition.





June 22, 2017


17:30 - 18:45

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Asia House
63 New Cavendish St W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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