Oriental Business and Innovation Center

OBIC Conference 2021
"Megatrends in Asia": Digitalization
Security and Foreign Policy Implications

Date
6-7th May 2021
Time
9:00AM - 5:00PM CEST
Location
Online

Welcome message

Dear Participants, Colleagues and Friends,

This year marks our fourth annual International Conference. As the director of the Oriental Business and Innovation Center and on behalf of the OBIC Conference 2021 Organizing Committee, I am delighted to be given the opportunity to host this event after having to postpone it last year. However, this time, I take great pleasure in welcoming those who have been with us for a long time now as well as those who are new to our conferences.

In the face of today’s challenges, I believe that the world needs more dialogue – both interpersonal and scientific discussions – as well as international cooperation. Along these lines, the meeting aims to bring together great experts and academics from 16 different countries around the world to present and exchange novel ideas related to developments in the fields of political science and economics, regional studies and international relations, as well as intercultural perspectives of the East Asian Region. In 2021 – due to the pandemic – the fourth OBIC Conference is organized online, through livestream. This new form might be more convenient in some ways, and more alienating in another respect. Nevertheless, it provides us the opportunity to show and concentrate on what matters most: the richness of ideas, the different points of view and the valuable research results. Therefore, the success of this conference depends on each participant’s much appreciated contribution to and active involvement in the discussions in real-time.

I sincerely hope that you will have a most fruitful time and an opportunity to connect with the scientific community, that you will find the plenaries and the panels stimulating and I trust that your presence and participation will enrich the discourse around the theme Megatrends in Asia, enhancing professional knowledge exchange, providing inspiring insight and collaboration.

I wish you a successful and enjoyable conference.

With best regards,
Marianna Válóczi, PhD
Director
Oriental Business and Innovation Center (OBIC)
Budapest Business School
Dear Participants, Colleagues and Friends,

This year marks our fourth annual International Conference. As the director of the Oriental Business and Innovation Center and on behalf of the OBIC Conference 2021 Organizing Committee, I am delighted to be given the opportunity to host this event after having to postpone it last year. However, this time, I take great pleasure in welcoming those who have been with us for a long time now as well as those who are new to our conferences.

In the face of today’s challenges, I believe that the world needs more dialogue – both interpersonal and scientific discussions – as well as international cooperation. Along these lines, the meeting aims to bring together great experts and academics from 16 different countries around the world to present and exchange novel ideas related to developments in the fields of political science and economics, regional studies and international relations, as well as intercultural perspectives of the East Asian Region. In 2021 – due to the pandemic – the fourth OBIC Conference is organized online, through livestream. This new form might be more convenient in some ways, and more alienating in another respect. Nevertheless, it provides us the opportunity to show and concentrate on what matters most: the richness of ideas, the different points of view and the valuable research results. Therefore, the success of this conference depends on each participant’s much appreciated contribution to and active involvement in the discussions in real-time.

I sincerely hope that you will have a most fruitful time and an opportunity to connect with the scientific community, that you will find the plenaries and the panels stimulating and I trust that your presence and participation will enrich the discourse around the theme Megatrends in Asia, enhancing professional knowledge exchange, providing inspiring insight and collaboration.

I wish you a successful and enjoyable conference.

With best regards,
Marianna Válóczi, PhD
Director
Oriental Business and Innovation Center (OBIC)
Budapest Business School Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required below.

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Oriental Business and Innovation Center
OBIC Conference
OBIC Conference 2021 topic
OBIC PhD Conference
Organizing Comittee
The Oriental Business and Innovation Center (OBIC) was established in 2016 by the Budapest Business School, University of Applied Sciences (BBS) and the National Bank of Hungary (MNB). In line with the strategy of the university, the main goals of OBIC include the direct channeling of Asian economic development experience into the Hungarian national economy as well as the development of educational, research, cultural and economic relations between Hungary and East Asian countries. To achieve its objectives, OBIC uses a variety of tools and instruments in the following fields:
  • Research - East Asian Research Center: OBIC is dedicated to promoting advanced and focused research in order to provide wider knowledge.
  • Education: OBIC offers free courses in Oriental languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian and Vietnamese) as well as East Asian intercultural management trainings at the Budapest Business School.
  • Mobility: Through its student mobility program OBIC provides scholarships for BBS students to travel to East Asian countries and gather first-hand experience in the form of student exchanges and summer school. OBIC also supports the inbound and outbound mobility of researchers, thereby contributing to academic collaboration and the circulation of skills and ideas.
  • Events: OBIC regularly organizes various events (conferences, workshops) related to the region in fields such as international business management, international relations, finance and commerce in order to educate and offer platforms for intellectual and academic exchange.
Each spring since 2017, OBIC organizes its own international scientific conference inviting experts from the East Asian region to Budapest. The conference is a venue for sharing knowledge without borders, for promoting exchanges of academic ideas and different perspectives by scholars related to developments in the fields of political science and economics, regional studies and international relations, and intercultural perspectives.
In 2021 – due to the pandemic – the fourth OBIC Conference is organized online, through livestream with real-time presence. Within its framework, the annual OBIC PhD Conference will also take place.
“MEGATRENDS IN ASIA”: DIGITALIZATION SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY IMPLICATIONS The term megatrend was coined by John Naisbitt in 1982. Back then he defined ten global megatrends that he viewed as important, seemingly unstoppable long- term shifts in the progress of societies. The goal of the OBIC conference is to discuss key, long-term challenges—megatrends—of the Asian region, with a special focus on digitalization in countries’ security and foreign policies.
In recent years, Asian societies have been confronted by the rise of China transforming the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in economy- and security-related areas. At the same time, India and Indonesia are also rising economic powers that are substantially changing the shape of Asian economic power relations. The rapid growth of markets in the region has become more and more important as an element of global growth, however, challenges such as migration, urbanization, severe environmental problems (the climate challenge, air pollution, etc.) must be dealt with too. Over the course of the last decade, these tensions have often turned into local political disputes (i.e. in the South China Sea) and new initiatives (such as the Belt and Road Initiative) have come under fire and have also been fiercely debated in some countries too.
One of the megatrends, to which special attention ought to be paid at the conference, is digitalization and its significance in countries’ security and foreign policies. Recent technological developments have allowed observers to realize that a new wave of the technology revolution is about to transform the global economy and politics as well. Digitalization, 5G networks, the Internet of things, artificial intelligence, and their profound impact are already here, however the way we are doing business, implementing our economic policies, and pursuing foreign policies is about to change more significantly than we could ever have imagined.
OBIC organizes PhD Conferences each year since 2016, wishing to provide opportunities for diligent PhD students coming from different doctoral schools of Hungarian and foreign universities to present their latest research and receive expert feedback, as well as providing publication opportunities, thereby contributing to their academic studies. This year, the PhD Conference will be held in the framework of the OBIC International Scientific Conference 2021.
“MEGATRENDS IN ASIA”: CHANGING SOCIETIES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - TECHNICAL, SOCIOLOGICAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL SHIFTS IN EAST ASIA -
The term megatrend was coined by John Naisbitt in 1982. Back then he defined ten far-reaching global developments that he viewed as important, seemingly unstoppable long-term shifts in the progress of societies. The goal of the OBIC PhD conference is to discuss key, long-term challenges—megatrends— of the Asian region, in respect to social and economic trend research through an interdisciplinary and/or comparative focus.
In recent years, Asian societies have been confronted by the rise of China transforming the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in economy- and security-related areas. At the same time, India and Indonesia arealso rising economic powers that are substantially changing the shape of Asian economic power relations. The rapid growth of markets in the region has become more and more important as an element of global growth, however, challenges such as urbanization, severe environmental problems (the climate challenge, air pollution, etc.) must be dealt with too. Over the course of the last decade, these tensions have often turned into local political disputes (i.e. in the South China Sea) and new initiatives (such as the Belt and Road Initiative) have come under fire and have also been fiercely debated in some countries too.
The megatrends to be thoroughly unfold at the conference, is the transformation of societies and the recent economic developments in the world’s most dynamic region, and of the interplay between them. At its most obvious, the experience of the global economic balance of power positioning eastwards surely have changed the way Asians live and function. What significant and fundamental changes have the new economic miracle spawned when dealing with the physical and social landscapes of the countries?
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The online conference will be recorded and stored; no third party will be given access to the files. Nonetheless, OBIC reserves the right to publicly use certain parts of the recording in edited video or photo format for purposes of conference reporting.

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