VM Cao Meets with EC Research and Innovation Commissioner - May 2011 Research and Innovation Highlights in China

VM Cao Meets with EC Research and Innovation Commissioner

Vice Minister Cao Jianlin met with Ms. Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Research and Innovation Commissioner of the European Commission (EC) in Beijing on May 24th. Both sides spoke highly of the achievements in science and technology (S&T) cooperation. Many signed documents created deliverables to China-EU Summit over the last few years. During Shanghai World Expo, the China-EU S&T Week and the 8th China-EU Energy Cooperation Conference were held successfully. The proteomics cooperation project launched recently marked a step forward in the implementation of China-EU S&T Partnership Scheme. The two sides exchanged opinions and reached consensus on enhancing S&T collaboration in a range of areas, such as S&T evaluation, infrastructure, clean energy and health. (Source: MOST)
EU Commissioner calls for more cooperation

"China is now the place to be," says EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn in Beijing. Geoghegan-Quinn says at China's renowned Tsinghua University, which just celebrated its 100th birthday and houses a Europe-China Clean Energy Center on its campus, that EU is encouraging more students to come to China. "For centuries, we Europeans have been fascinated by Chinese ingenuity and invention - indeed since the time of Marco Polo." She calls for more collaboration between European and Chinese researchers because no one country can hope to solve major challenges alone such as food and energy security, climate change, disaster management, and nuclear safety. (Further details in source: China Daily)

A new EU FP7-funded project – URBACHINA was officially launched in Beijing on 24 May. The overall objectives of the project are to study the institutional foundations and policies for urbanisation; the issue of land property in urbanisation and the development of real estate markets in cities; the need for environmental infrastructures delivering connectivity and services for the urban population; and the relationships between urban development, traditions, and modern lifestyles in cities. The kick-off event attracted EU embassy staff, EU funding agencies in Beijing and researchers. The project, carried out by a consortium lead by CNRS, aims to strengthen EU-China collaboration and contribute to sustainable cities. Case studies will include Shanghai, Chongqing, and Kunming, amongst others. The results of the project will be relevant to policymakers.

policies and papers China pledges stronger IPR protection

China pledged to further enhance efforts on intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and create a better environment for foreign investors. Vice Premier Wang Qishan made the pledge in a meeting with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in Beijing. Wang said the government attaches high importance to IPR protection, noting that the campaign against copyright infringement launched last October had been effective. He also applauded Microsoft for setting up its biggest research base outside the United States in Beijing. (Further details in source: China Daily)
USTC Ranked 3rd of TOP 10 Institutions in NPI 2010 China

The Nature Publishing Group released Nature Publishing Index 2010 China on May 11, remarking "a dramatic rise in the quality of research being published by China". University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) is ranked 3rd of TOP 10 Institutions in Index 2010 China. Published as a supplement to Nature, the 2010 Index for China ranks research institutions and cities in mainland China. The top 10 institutions in China are: Chinese Academy of Science, Tsinghua University (THU), University of Science and Technology of China, BGI Shenzhen, Peking University (PKU), Nanjing University (NJU), The University of Hong Kong, Southeast University, Xiamen University, Zhejiang University. (Further details in source: CAS)

^ Voices and opinions EU expects to address challenges with China

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said that he hopes the European Union (EU) and China will work together to address their common challenges. Van Rompuy made the remarks in his speech at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. "We can all benefit from addressing our challenges together while exchanging best practices," he said. He mentioned three aspects of the exchange, including innovation, urbanization and talents. In his speech, Van Rompuy suggested China and Europe establish another academic institute, besides the existing CEIBS in Shanghai and the China-EU School of Law in Beijing. Van Rompuy said that it is also necessary to establish a "China Chamber of Commerce" - similar to the EU Chamber operating in China - to help Chinese investors to fully exploit the opportunities in the EU market. (Further details in source: China Daily)