3 december 2013

Research group of the Center for Strategic Research “North-West” Foundation visited education institutions, innovative infrastructure facilities and free economy zones of China (PRC)

Education institutions and laboratories

Participants of the business tour visited the leading universities of China. They met with administration of the Hong Kong University. Mr. Paul Cheung, Vice-President and Head of the Technology Transfer Center , familiarized the delegation members with his university. “We are the best of traditional universities, our aim is to become the best at the international level”, said Mr. Cheng. He was proud to mention that all lectures at the university were conducted in English.. “More that half of our teaching personnel come from all over the world”, said the Vice-President. At the Shanghai University the delegation was received by Mr. Huruiwen . He told the visitors about the infrastructure of the university, its history and current activities, showed them around the Science Park. The delegation members also visited the School of Materials Science and Engineering, the School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation and Technology Incubator — all the facilities are part of the Shanghai University complex.

At the meeting with Mr. Vladimir Chigrinov, professor of the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Russian visitors were briefed on the main directions of the university activities, its experience in cooperation with companies and provision of support to start ups.

The delegation also visited a number of laboratories: Huawei Noah’s Ark Lab (big data analytics), State Key Lab of Brain and Cognitive Science. Director of the latter, Mr. Li-Hai Tan. briefed the visitors on the operation of the laboratory, known for its research in the sphere of language maps for human brain, neurogenetics and neural mechanisms of language comprehension.

Innovative infrastructure and science parks

Dr. David Chung Chief Technical Director, told the members of the Russian delegation about Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited. “We describe our company as the ICT hub of Asia-Pasific region», he said.

The Hong Kong Science and Technology Park) and the IT & Telecom Cluster is a successful example of the commercialization of state-owned facilities. Mr. Peter Cheung, head of the cluster, and Mr. Richard Hung, manager of the cluster, told Russian visitors about their experience in this sphere, and about the history of the creation of the park and the cluster.

In Guangzhou the delegation members familiarized themselves with the Huanghuagang Science and Technology Park — part of the network of Guangzhou technoparks. There are 27 of them in the city.

Free economy zones

The CSR" North- West " group was the first Russian delegation to visit the Guangzhou Free Trade zone. The aim of the project was to make the Chinese market convenient for foreigners. At present, the zone has registered more than 580 companies from around the world . The Free Trade Zone in Shanghai, which started operating a month ago, is a testing ground for experimental economic and financial reforms. Its aim is to attract investors and to relax financial regulations.

The delegation members were familiarized with Creative Street being built in Guangzhou Development District. It is expected that over 20 multimedia, film and advertising companies will be situated in this street.

Several meeting were dedicated to urban planning centers. At one of the meetings Professor Tang Bosin, a representative of the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning in Hong Kong, told the visitors about the model of the operation of the center, how it reacts to economic changes in the world and in China, and builds its strategy in accordance with these changes. Participants of the delegation also had meetings with representatives of the department of urban planning and design, and municipal council for international investment promotion.

The business trip provided an opportunity for its participants to understand and adopt best practices of the operation of free trade zones, to find new partners, to maintain existing cooperation with existing partners, primarily, with the China Institute of Reform and Development, which creates the expert network of think tanks from emerging economies and has contributed significantly to elaboration of decisions adopted by the recent congress of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the current plenary session.