SCUT Works With Guangzhou and Singapore to Build Local Silicon Valley Campus News

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In Last November, witnessed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the agreement of setting up the Sino-Singapore Joint Research Institute was signed at the Istana Singapore by South China University of Technology (SCUT), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (SSGKC) Administrative Committee and the SSGKC Investment and Development Co., Ltd. 

Since the four-party’s effort has been nailed down already for several months, the program now keeps its progress in the track of building the Guangdong Silicon Valley. 

On March 10th, Guangdong Governor Zhu Xiaodan received SCUT President Wang Yingjun and NTU President Bertil Anderson in Beijing, discussing details on promoting the international joint program at SSGKC. 

As Governor Zhu Xiaodan indicated, the Sino-Singapore Joint Research Institute has been included in the list of key projects of Guangdong Province. It requires the institute to run for three goals: to attract high-quality resources from the globe, to cultivate high-level PhD students and scientists, and to establish a platform for mass enterprise incubation, which means building a seedbed similar to Silicon Valley in U.S. 

Shortly after the meeting in Beijing, on March 11th, Guangzhou Mayor Wen Guohui also had a meeting with the two Presidents of SCUT and NTU. Mayor Wen pointed out that Guangzhou’s economy has registered a steady and fast growth during recent years, providing increasing opportunities for international cooperation, particularly in education and scientific research. 

As response to the mayor, President Anderson praised Guangzhou’s achievements in economic growth, urban construction and social undertakings. He expected to strengthen the cooperation between NTU and Guangzhou in technology transfer and high-level talent cultivation. 

Over recent years, SCUT has been playing a leading role in patent and technology transfer among Chinese universities. President Wang introduced that the university now focuses its work on “gapless transfer”, which aims to transfer results of scientific research into practical applications without third party involvement. She believed the joint research institute would lead the two universities further on the road of technology transfer and innovation.


 Chinese version by International Office

Translated by Xu Peimu and Wu Lizhen

Edited by Xu Peimu


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