The upcoming QS in conversation seminar, with the theme “University-Public Sector Partnerships: Smart Cities” will direct the focus of seminar participants on collaboration between government and academia to realize the promise of “smart” public services and infrastructure.

Powered by new technologies such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), the public sector has the potential to be transformed, significantly raising the quality of services offered while reducing costs. However delivering these smart services and infrastructure raises interconnected technical, managerial, social, political and ethical challenges which require a novel and interdisciplinary thinking. At the same time the smart city requires skilled manpower to build the smart city in a way that is not only efficient, but also sustainable and responsible. This need for new thinking and expertise makes universities natural knowledge partners for governments in smart-city endeavours, however the management of deep university-public sector partnerships poses a number of important challenges, including the need to bridge the culture gap between the government and academia.

This unique QS in conversation seminar provides a platform to discuss university-public sector partnerships for the building of smart cities. It aims to provide an opportunity for the sharing of best practices from leading smart city projects in the United States, Japan, India and Singapore, as well as opportunities to learn about and discuss smart cities with knowledgeable colleagues from the Asian region and beyond.

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