Hopes high for new univer­sity as tech­nol­ogy tal­ent hot­house

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West­lake Univer­sity’s aim is to nur­ture sci­en­tific re­search and high level sci­en­tific skills

In 2016, a foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished, and land and other re­sources were al­lo­cated for es­tab­lish­ment of WIAS and the con­struc­tion of the West­lake cam­pus.

Shi con­sid­ered the es­tab­lish­ment of WIAS and the future West­lake Univer­sity as “en­trusted with ex­pec­ta­tions from all com­mu­ni­ties of so­ci­ety and the dream of a gen­er­a­tion”.

He said China has been catch­ing up in higher ed­u­ca­tion and sci­en­tific re­search but still lags in ba­sic re­search, which he says is the real source of in­no­va­tion and is greatly needed as China aims to re­vive its past glory.

Shi, along with many aca­demics who have been call­ing for the es­tab­lish­ment of high-pro­file re­search uni­ver­si­ties in China, be­lieves the ad­di­tion of pri­vate top-level re­search in­sti­tu­tions will add more vi­tal­ity to the aca­demic scene.

West­lake’s fi­nan­cial sup­port will come from the Hangzhou West­lake Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion as well as gov­ern­ment re­search and devel­op­ment fund­ing. The univer­sity plans to re­cruit about 200 pro­fes­sors from around the world and nearly 2,000 re­searchers.

“We hope that af­ter 10 or 20 years, West­lake Univer­sity in Hangzhou, China, will be seen as a pri­vate in­sti­tu­tion of higher ed­u­ca­tion built with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics and well re­spected by the world,” said Shi.

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