Senior Singapore and Chinese officials discuss entrepreneurship and innovation in Guangzhou Development District
Over 300 participants from NTU, Guangzhou Development District, Singbridge International Singapore, and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation participate in first joint event in Guangzhou Knowledge City
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Guangzhou Development District held a joint symposium themed ‘Sustainable Development: Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ on 2 April 2011 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.
This is NTU’s first joint event with the Guangzhou Development District since it was invited to participate in the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City project in June 2010.
More than 300 senior officials from the Guangzhou municipal and Guangdong provincial governments, and the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, top executives of technological companies in the Guangzhou Development District, and NTU alumni from Guangdong Province and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region attended the symposium.
The participants discussed the upgrading of industries in Guangdong Province, and its economic restructuring through entrepreneurship and innovation.
Madam Zhao Yufang, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province; Mr Lim Chee Onn, Chairman, Singbridge; and Dr Su Guaning, President, NTU, delivered opening speeches at the symposium.
Among the keynote speakers were Dr Carl Schramm, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the United States and adjunct professor at NTU, and Professor Bertil Andersson, President-Designate and Provost, NTU.
Other speakers included Professor Pan Tso-Chien, Dean, College of Engineering, NTU, and Mr Cui Xinyu, Vice Chairman, Guangzhou Development District.
Dr Su and Mr Chan Soo Sen, Executive Vice President, Singbridge, moderated the panel discussions.
In June 2010, NTU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Guangzhou Development District and Singbridge to collaborate on research, education and training in the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City. The Guangzhou Development District and Singbridge are the joint master developers of the Guangzhou Knowledge City.
“NTU’s commitment to the development of the Guangzhou Knowledge City has deepened the university’s links with Guangdong Province,” said Dr Su. “Our collaboration will provide strong support to the Singapore initiatives in Guangdong Province. It will also give NTU another opportunity to build strong bridges in China, leading to a two-way flow of talent and the opening of the Chinese market for Singapore enterprises.”
The 123 sq km Guangzhou Knowledge City is envisaged to be a vibrant and sustainable city that is highly attractive to talent and skilled manpower and knowledge-based industries. It is positioned as a model and catalyst for the economic upgrading and environmental enhancement of Guangdong Province. Eight main industries have been identified for development in the Guangzhou Knowledge City. They are: IT convergence, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, energy and environmental technology, advanced manufacturing, R&D services, creative industries, education and training, and health and wellness.
NTU is committed to a significant long-term project of a high value-added ‘Innovation Base’ – consisting of innovation research, graduate-level education and executive training – in the Guangzhou Knowledge City.
NTU and its collaborators will conduct R&D projects to facilitate the upgrading of the technological capability of the Guangzhou Knowledge City. They will also develop advanced training programmes in entrepreneurship and innovation, specially tailored for technical, management and professional talent from large enterprises and start-ups in Guangdong and other provinces in China. The collaboration is envisaged to be a model for international research and educational training.
Under another strategic partnership with the Organisation Department of Guangzhou City, signed on 20 July 2009, NTU will develop high-quality training programmes for middle-ranking and senior government officials in Guangzhou city. These include NTU’s highly regarded master’s degree programmes and short-term training courses, as well as a series of seminars in areas of enhancing the government’s efficiency and communication of foreign economic and trading activities.
The first in this series of short-term executive training programmes in industrial transformation and innovation leadership for senior Chinese officials was successfully conducted this week in Guangzhou.
NTU has extensive links with China, with a large base of 16,000 alumni served by 23 alumni associations. The university conducts a total of six master’s programmes and various short-term executive programmes for senior Chinese government officials and business leaders.
Since 1992, NTU has trained more than 10,000 Chinese officials. To date, more than 100 officials from Guangdong province have attended NTU’s programmes.
The 2 April 2011 symposium is jointly organised by NTU, Guangzhou Development District, Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, and the government of Luogang District, where the Guangzhou Knowledge City is located.
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