USJ Organizes International Symposium on Open Innovation in Portugal





University of Saint Joseph, in partnership with Macau Scientific and Cultural Centre (CCCM) and Universidade Católica Portuguesa, continues “International Open Innovation Symposium” series in Portugal.

University of Saint Joseph (USJ), Macao, in partnership with Macau Scientific and Cultural Centre (CCCM) and Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Catholic Universidade of Portugal – UCP), continues “International Open Innovation Symposium” series in Portugal. This series of symposiums was kicked off in Brazil and was held in Portugal at the CCCM in Lisbon to continue knowledge exchange in the topic of open innovation. The Portuguese edition of the symposium was sponsored by UCP and Macao Foundation and was held in Lisbon on September 22, 2023.

The symposium was presided by Vice-Rector of UCP, Professor Peter Hannerberg, Vice-Rector of USJ, Professor Álvaro Barbosa, and President of CCCM in Lisbon, Dra. Sarah Mendes.

The symposium commenced with a presentation by USJ open innovation specialist, Emil Chi Hang Ip, the open innovation concepts embedded within the various National Economic and Social Development Plans of the People’s Republic of China since the 11th Five-Year Plan. In addition, the important role of the Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macao Greater Bay Area with focus on the innovation happening in Hengqin and Macao as an extension of the platform to serve the Portuguese- Speaking Countries. 

This was followed by presentation of open innovation from Brazil by Professor Alexandre Lobo from USJ, with some real cases of interaction between University, Government and Third Sector, using Open Innovation.

The following presentation was Professor Rene Bohnsack, Director of Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa – UCP, who presented the the award-winning platform ‘venturely.io’, a unique platform for business modelling.

Finally, Mr. Manuel Andrade, Head of Open Innovation at GALP, Portugal presented a vast set of open innovation initiatives hosted, sponsored, and managed at GALP and partner institutions, implementing multiple projects from a diverse range of scopes.

After the presentations, the event was concluded with a roundtable chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law of USJ, Professor Jenny Phillips with our panel of speakers. 

The symposium explored the institutional-led open innovation in the Guangdong – Hong Kong and Macau Greater Bay Area and the challenges faced by firms implementing open innovation is Brazil and Portugal.  The symposium saw the idea exchanged with industry experts and representatives from industry, academia and the third sector, the meeting promoted exchanges of knowledge between Brazil, Portugal and Macau on open innovation, on management models that encourages the development of innovative solutions within companies that are directed towards societal development and further reiterated the platform role of Macau through knowledge exchange and transfer between Brazil, Portugal and China via the platform of University of Saint Joseph in Macao.

More information on “International Symposium on Open Innovation” organized by USJ: https://www.usj.edu.mo/en/event/international-symposium-on-open-innovation/

More information on Catholic University of Portugal: https://www.ucp.pt/pt-pt

More information on Macau Scientific and Cultural Centre: https://www.cccm.gov.pt/en/