Episode & Title ‘LIVE’ Recording
Date & Time
Telecast Date & Time
on Channel NewsAsia
Episode 1
SMEs to ‘Re-learn’ for Growth
& Innovation

Integrated lifelong learning for
ASEAN entrepreneurships

Wed 23 May 2018
6pm – 9pm
Tue 26 June 2018
Episode 2
Re-Engineer Education for Belt
and Road

ASEAN education harmonisation
for labour mobility

Wed 30 May 2018
6pm – 9pm
Tue 3 July 2018
Episode 3
Educators in Partnerships
that Empower

Connectivity with researchers and industry for education innovation

Tue 19 June 2018
6pm – 9pm
New date: Wed 11 July 2018 8pm SIN/HK/MNL
Episode 4
Hacking Cyber Security Threat

Is talent shortage in ASEAN
the biggest threat?

Wed 20 June 2018
6pm – 9pm
Tue 17 July 2018


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Date & Time
Telecast Date & Time
on Channel NewsAsia

Episode 5
ASEAN in Transformation
for Disruption

What is the future of businesses
and jobs?

Wed 27 June 2018
5.30pm – 9pm
Tue 24 July 2018


Episode & Title ‘LIVE’ Recording
Date & Time
Telecast Date & Time
on Channel NewsAsia

Episode 6
Local Heroes of e-Commerce

Are you tough enough to take on
the big boys?

Thu 12 July 2018
5pm – 9pm
Tue 31 July 2018

ASEAN Foresight 2018

Vision is foresight with insight based on hindsight. With good foresight, it provides guidance for strategic actions being taken today - not only what to do, but how and when to do it.

SIM ASEAN Foresight series uncovers cutting-edge insights on emerging trends and challenges of education in an ASEAN context with a focus on enterprise, e-commerce, job demands and investment; and seeks to address the critical questions of today to stay ahead of the curve in a fast-changing global landscape and meet the demands of tomorrow.

Be a part of the ‘live’ TV recording experience as panellists of diverse backgrounds and expertise engage in a vibrant and dynamic discussion, delving deeper into key topics that will play a role in shaping the future of education.

Moderator: Teymoor Nabili

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Episode 1 - Synopsis
ASEAN SMEs are the backbone of ASEAN economies. All across the ASEAN region, governments keep highlighting the role of SMEs as engines of growth & innovation in order for ASEAN to move forward but are governments truly helping the multitude of unsung heroes?

Promoting human resource development and entrepreneurship is essential for SMEs to succeed. Entrepreneurship learning programmes help equip SMEs with improved management and business methods. Presently, the ASEAN Common Curriculum in Entrepreneurship, which is one of the initiatives of ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development, aims to establish a common curriculum for entrepreneurship in the region with the use of an entrepreneurship educational programme that is currently implemented in ASEAN universities. What would it take for schools to go back to SMEs?

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Episode 2 - Synopsis

China's Belt and Road Initiative is a leviathan transnational infrastructure scheme that's hard to ignore. But when it comes to ASEAN governments formulating social policies that invest in people's capabilities to deal with these massive infrastructure project – what score would you give on the report card for your government? Let’s face it, in order for people to participate effectively in all these huge projects which undoubtedly will help the people - ASEAN countries need to stop talking about money and start acting on how they can make education a currency and one of the key pillars when building ASEAN infrastructure. The private sector too needs to co-invest in knowledge and skills development. What are your thoughts on co-financing and investing in people capabilities? What more do you think needs to be done in order for the present education system to meet future demands around the corner?

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Episode 3 - Synopsis

How should education systems evolve in a region where those born today may live to 100 and probably need to work until they are 80? Can digital provision of education be part of the solution and what can we do to prepare for this transition?

Central to the ASEAN region holding together is its approach to the Social Contract its respective governments have with its people. Expert commentaries say education and research needs to play a direct role in forging societies. The private sector as the key beneficiary of the workforce-to-be - needs to step up its industry inputs into the education sector. It’s not enough to say education is the social contract that binds societies together. We need to ask ourselves, how can countries, and the wider ASEAN community, use a public debate about the social contract to recreate
a sense of solidarity?

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Episode 4 - Synopsis

You’re probably reading this on your smart phone or laptop and without you knowing it, you might be already at the risk of an unknown cyber-attack! Let’s face it – the internet has evolved itself from being a host of information to becoming the major source of crime. Data breaches, hacking monetary and confidential data – it’s become a never-ending long list.

Which is why it’s no surprise – every other day we read reports calling for more investment to bolster cybersecurity. But could artificial intelligence (AI) be the answer to cyber security? Is throwing money at this going to solve your problem?

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Episode 5 - Synopsis

The gap between the haves and have-nots in society is going to widen and observers and expert commentators alike say this is all happening largely due to the loss of jobs, no thanks to disruptive technology. The inequality between those ‘robbed of stability’ and ‘those who thrive on disruption’ will grow. Can you prevent this, sure – provided the state, private sector, academia, NGOs and foundations come together to help the workers of today and the students who will be the future workforce pick up new skills. Sure, automation is threatening jobs but on the flipside, the very technology is also helping to increase productivity and workers are finding themselves with more leisure time. Another concern, with classic outsourcing, more jobs are being ‘unbundled’ (allowing tasks to be performed elsewhere by cheaper workers.

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Episode 6 - Synopsis

Indonesia is at the center of Southeast Asia’s ecommerce gold rush. Some media reports have placed the figure at US$200 billion – that’s the ecommerce opportunity in the ASEAN region. It’s easy to see why China’s big boys like Alibaba and Tencent are leaving their home market to tackle Indonesia and the rest of the ASEAN market. Indonesia is the fastest growing internet market in the world with internet users projected to grow from 92 million in 2015 to 215 million by 2020.

Indonesia’s top marketplaces are dominated by local players. Tokopedia.com, Bukalapak.com, Blibli.com, MatahariMall.com, Bhinneka.com, Jakartanotebook.com and Berrybenka.com - all started by Indonesians but how long will they stay Indonesian?

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