Abstract Both Switzerland and Japan consistently achieve the highest ratings in various indices of innovation, despite having limited natural resources. In fact, Switzerland was considered poor by international standards until the end of the 19th century while Japan only started to open up to Western science and technology around the same period. Although the two countries share similarities, they followed different routes and show fundamental differences in how the challenges of innovation, diversity and globalization are handled. What are the mechanisms of a successful government-academia-industry triangle? Are there any best practices in either country that could be applied in the other?
Program Opening 13:30
|13:35||H.E. Johann Schneider-Ammann
Federal Councillor of Switzerland
|Keynote: To Boldly Think|
|13:45|| H.E. Kazuyoshi Akaba
State Minister of Economy Trade and Industry (METI)
Setting the Stage
|13:55||Prof. Dr. Dominique Turpin President, IMD||Japan: Competitiveness Landscape 2014 – In the light of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook’s Results
[slides, addendum JP, addendum CH]
Stream One Creating Innovation
|14:10||Dr. Yuko Harayama
Executive Member, CSTI, Cabinet Office of Japan
|Innovation Policy or Innovative Policy? [slides]|
|14:25||Mr. Walter Steinlin
|Innovation Support in a Free Market [slides]|
|14:40||Prof. Dr. Junichi Sone
Executive Vice President, NIMS
|Research and Innovation in Japan – Successful Cases at NIMS [slides]|
Stream Two The Private Sector View
|15:15||Mr. Hans Hess
|Skills Development – A Key Factor for Competitiveness [slides]|
|15:30||Dr. Masahiko Mori
President, DMG Mori-Seiki Co., Ltd.
|Headquarters for Global Manufacturing|
|15:45||Mr. Daniel Küng
CEO, Switzerland Global Enterprise
|Innovation and Globalization – The Swiss Perspective|
|16:00||Mr. Boris Collardi
CEO, Bank Julius Baer Group Ltd.
|Re-inventing Private Banking [slides]|
Prof. Dr. Dominique Turpin, President, IMD
Mr. Boris Collardi, CEO, Bank Julius Baer Group Ltd.
Dr. Yuko Harayama, Executive Member, CSTI, CAO
Mr. Hans Hess, President, Swissmem
Mr. Marcel Pernici, Vice President, Feintool Japan
Mr. Walter Steinlin, President, CTI
|16:50||Dr. Matthias Frey, Head, Science & Technology Office Tokyo
Dr. Roger Zbinden, Head, Swiss Business Hub Japan
Switzerland Global Enterprise; State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation; SCCIJ; IMD
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