The world today is struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic and challenges in multiple fronts ranging from climate change and environmental degradation to social disparity and technological disruption. These challenges make a big impact to both the economy and society. Technology and innovation can offer solutions to mitigate the impacts of or adapt to these challenges. At the same time, higher education has a unique role in the society as it increases people’s skill levels and fosters innovation. Thus, both higher education and science are essential to the sustainable development and resilient society.