Launch in Stirling
The Asia Scotland Institute launched its partnership with the University of Stirling at our inaugural event at the University’s beautiful campus overlooked by the Wallace monument, and snow capped hills. In the wake of Brexit and Trump’s election victory, within the context of Asia’s rapidly growing economies and political powers, our event looked to the future of international trade, and the challenges and opportunities presented to the UK and Scotland by these tumultuous global events.
A diverse panel of experts offered a multidimensional view. Elizabeth Linder, who headed Facebook’s Politics and Government unit, reflected on the election of Trump, and the role of social media in facilitating international connections beyond the parameters of trade agreements between nations. Shanker Singham, Director at the Legatum Institute and globally renowned expert on international trade focussed on the opportunity for Britain to act as a mediator between the United States, Europe, and Asia in international trade and politics, and argued that the UK was well positioned to become a renewed economic engine, despite the cloud of negativity caused by the Brexit vote. Finally, the University’s own Dr Hong-Lin Yu outlined the possible legal frameworks that will underpin future trade agreements between the UK, the EU, and beyond, and provided very important information for attendees from the business community about potential changes in cross-border litigation procedures.
All panellists agreed that despite the uncertainty of global events, the best advice both for businesses and the many young students attending was to embrace an international outlook now, consider the uncertainty as opportunity, and see themselves as participants rather than observers in shaping the future in a positive way. During the networking lunch that followed the panel discussion, many attendees remarked on this positive outlook; in addition to the significant insight and information that was shared by the panel, this was deemed to be highly important.
As well as senior representatives from local and global businesses, academia, local authorities, and University staff, it was heartening to see the event well attended by so many students, not only from the University, but from a number of local schools as well. The University of Stirling and the Asia Scotland Institute believe this is very important; the University strives to deliver local benefits through its global activity, and inspiring the next generation is the core mission of the Asia Scotland Institute. As one student from Stirling High remarked after the event: “The Asia Scotland Institute event at the University of Stirling allowed us, as school students, the opportunity to apply what we have learned in the classroom to real business life. To be able to hear and speak to three distinguished experts was a great opportunity. This has cemented what we have been learning about the increasingly important Scottish/Asia links.”
We are delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Stirling, who share our mission to think globally and act locally. This event will be the first of many other collaborative efforts.
Superb venue and hospitality was provided by the Stirling Court Hotel – www.stirlingcourthotel.com