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Newcastle academics take on Asia's 'Question Time'

Filmed in front of a studio audience, Perspectives brings together a panel of distinguished experts and leading thinkers from Singapore, Asia and beyond to dissect current events with in-depth analyses, engaging views and insightful comments on global events that will shape the future.

The first of the debates, on the future of oil, to be broadcast on Wednesday 9 December, features Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Davies, an expert in fracking. Joining him on the panel were Vandana Hari, Editorial Director at Platts, a leading information provider on the global energy, petrochemicals, metals and agricultural markets; Geraint Hughes, managing partner of the Singapore office of global law firm, Clifford Chance and head of the Asia Pacific Energy and Resources Group; and Mark Nelson, President of International Products with American multinational energy corporation, Chevron International.

Subsequent debates will feature Professor Phil Taylor on how to fuel a smart energy economy; Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones on the future of cities; Professor Louise Robinson on caring for ageing Asia; and Professor David Leat on the future of learning. In the final debate of the series, Chancellor of the University, Sir Liam Donaldson will be discussing the challenges likely to be facing the world in the year ahead. The debates are being staged in a number of venues including Siemens, SIT and NUMed.

Channel NewsAsia (CNA) is an English language Asian TV News channel reporting on global developments with Asian perspectives. Its news and current affairs programmes are broadcast 24 hours a day in 26 territories, including Singapore and Malaysia, India, China and Australia.

Abi Kelly, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, said: “By partnering with Channel NewsAsia for these debates, we are aiming to position our academics as global thought-leaders.

“It builds on the work we have been doing over the past three years to strengthen Newcastle’s reputation as a world-class civic University through our successive Impact campaigns designed to promote the University’s internationally-excellent research.

“South East Asia is seen as an area of strategic importance for us in terms of growing the University’s reputation, so we have been working closely with CNA to maximise the potential of the Perspectives debates to reach as wide an audience as possible”, said Ms Kelly.

Recordings of each debate will be available online the day after they are first broadcast on CNA. A supporting social media campaign, launched on 2 December, is extending the reach of the debates beyond the region covered by the news channel.

Visit our Research webpages for more details about the Perspectives series.

published on: 10 December 2015