Professor Nigel Lockett gave a keynote address at the Sino-British Entrepreneurial Universities Forum in Wenzhou, Shanghai held between 10 March and 12 March 2014.
Entrepreneurial universities have become an increasingly important issue in higher education across the world. Entrepreneurship and innovation are seen as the driving force for future economic and social development. Professor Lockett stated, “Building entrepreneurial universities is an important element of national innovation strategies. The opportunity to share experiences between two major economies, with similar challenges around building entrepreneurial knowledge-based economies, has been valuable. We have much to learn from each other”. The forum, organised by the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) and the British Council, brought together leading Chinese and British academics and policymakers to share experiences and best practice. Professor Lockett presented the Enterprise at Leeds strategy as part of a delegation from three UK universities including Pro-Vice Chancellors from the University of Warwick and Swansea University. A delegation of senior Chinese academics and policymakers will be visiting the UK in the autumn.