Uni­ver­sity tech fair helps boost ties with coun­try’s cor­po­rate sec­tor

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - YOUTH - By LI WENFANG in Huizhou, Guang­dong li­wen­fang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A wearable ex­oskele­ton suit for par­a­lyzed in­di­vid­u­als and a high-grade al­loy that al­low thin­ner metal cast­ing were just two of the in­no­va­tions the aca­demic com­mu­nity pre­sented to the busi­ness world in June.

Par­tic­i­pants at the first China Uni­ver­sity Sci­en­tific and Tech­no­log­i­cal Achieve­ments Fair ex­pect the event to pro­mote ex­changes be­tween the aca­demic and cor­po­rate sec­tors for bet­ter com­mer­cial use of re­search re­sults.

Universities pro­duce many sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments and it is nec­es­sary to present them in a way eas­ily rec­og­nized and ac­cepted by the cor­po­rate sec­tor, says Shan Ai­dang, dean of School of Ma­te­ri­als Science and En­gi­neer­ing of Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­sity.

Due to their tech­no­log­i­cal lim­i­ta­tion, many com­pa­nies are un­able to state the prob­lems they face ac­cu­rately.

The fair serves as a plat­form for mu­tual un­der­stand­ing, Shan says.

Shan’s uni­ver­sity led a num­ber of Chi­nese universities in the new ma­te­ri­als pav­il­ion at the fair, held in Huizhou, Guang­dong prov­ince, be­tween June 22 and 24. On dis­play were 98 items re­flect­ing new ma­te­ri­als re­search achieve­ments cho­sen by the or­ga­nizer from more than 5,000 items sub­mit­ted by universities.

One of the items, from Shan’s uni­ver­sity, was an al­loy which can be cast to make thin­ner.

About 10,000 items were pre­sented by 300 for­eign and do­mes­tic universities at the fair, in fields such as smart equip­ment, mi­cro­elec­tron­ics, big data, stem cell, pre­ci­sion medicine, new en­ergy and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

About 2,500 items of tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions poten- per­cent

of three ma­jor na­tional sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal awards are won by Chi­nese universities.

tially in de­mand from the cor­po­rate sec­tor were sub­mit­ted, with 3,000 com­pa­nies join­ing the fair.

Chi­nese universities have made marked progress in sci­en­tific re­search in the past three decades, with projects of universities ac­count­ing for 70 per­cent of the Na­tional Nat­u­ral Science Funds and universities scoop­ing up 70 per­cent of the three ma­jor na­tional sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal awards, ac­cord­ing to Li Zhimin, di­rec­tor of the Science and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The num­ber of patent ap­pli­ca­tions from universities has grown by dou­bledigit rates an­nu­ally in the past few years.

The Chi­nese Uni­ver­sity of Hong Kong brought its achieve­ments in med­i­cal tech­nolo­gies and new ma­te­ri­als to the fair, in­clud­ing a wearable ex­oskele­ton suit for par­a­lyzed in­di­vid­u­als.

Wong Kam-fai, as­so­ciate dean of en­gi­neer­ing at the uni­ver­sity, sees broad room for co­op­er­a­tion with en­ter­prises and universities on the Chi­nese main­land.

The two sec­tors have dif­fer­ent rhythms in their work, with many en­ter­prises look­ing for quick re­turns and universities en­gaged in longer-term re­search. Bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion is key to productive in­ter­ac­tion, and par­tic­i­pa­tion to fairs like the one in Huizhou is one ef­fec­tive way, he says.

Mean­while, a web­site was launched dur­ing the fair to fa­cil­i­tate the pro­mo­tion of sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments.

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