2018 GLOBAL INNOVATION TOUR TO GENEVA AND DENMARK
Inspire from Experience and Innovate with Passion
In August 2018, selected students from Underwood International College participated in the Global Innovation Tour to Geneva and Denmark. Being a dual-track programme, the participants first headed to Geneva, the Swiss global city and worldwide centre of multilateral diplomacy. Over two hundred intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, including the World Trade Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, and other UN bodies, are headquartered in Geneva. Participating students took part in workshops and events, specially designed to allow them to better understand the work of the United Nations, specifically in the areas of entrepreneurship and social innovation.
Whilst in Geneva, the students took a guided tour of the Palais des Nations. Their programme, conducted in conjunction with the World Federation of United Nations Associations, were segmented into different themes, consisting of multilateralism and diplomacy, sustainable development, social innovation, as well as trade and development. The participants also visited the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, giving them the opportunity to engage with officials who promulgate and effectuate policies in the international domain.
Professor Michael Kim, Principal Investigator at the Yonsei Center for Social Innovation, and eight students participated in the second half of the Global Innovation Tour. These students, selected for their prior experience in working on startups, headed to Aarhus and Copenhagen in Denmark to learn more about the Danish startup ecosystem.
Denmark has consistently been rated as one of the top performing countries in various rankings, receiving the pole position in a 2016 IMD ranking on social responsibility of business leaders. With a highly educated, resourceful, and results-driven workforce, Denmark has tapped on its demographic dividend, making it the number one country in Europe for the ease of doing business, as gauged by the World Bank from 2012 to 2016.
The delegation visited the AU Incubator, Kulbroen, Institute for X, DTU Skylab, and Orbitlab in Aarhus, in addition to Sund Hub and Soundboks in Copenhagen. Organised with the Innovation Centre Denmark, the eight students learned more about about Danish entrepreneurship efforts, support, funding sources, and had a deeper insight into the world-class digital infrastructure that Denmark is renowned for.