UK, China in­dus­trial co­op­er­a­tion touted

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - ByWUYIYAO in Shanghai wuyiyao@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China and the UK have a lot to of­fer each other in in­dus­try and ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing in terms of de­vel­op­ing staff mem­bers with ex­per­tise, match­ing in­vest­ments and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of re­search and aca­demic find­ings, re­gional lead­ers of both said at the Se­cond UK-China Busi­ness Lead­ers Sum­mit in Shanghai re­cently.

Com­pa­nies and re­gional lead­ers in China and UK may in­tro­duce op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­op­er­a­tion in the sec­tors with the help of ex­changes of ed­u­ca­tional and train­ing sys­tems at deeper lev­els, such as an em­ployer-led cur­ricu­lum and more fre­quent di­a­logue be­tween the two sides, said one se­nior UK busi­ness­man.

The re­marks were made by Sir John Peace, Chair of Mid­lands En­gine— anEnglish col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween lo­cal govern­ments and the UK na­tional gov­ern­ment, lo­cal busi­ness and uni­ver­si­ties — to­gether with a plan to gen­er­ate an ad­di­tional 34 bil­lion pounds ($42.8 bil­lion) for the econ­omy over the next 15 years and to cre­ate 300,000 jobs.

“Re­gional lead­ers in both China and UK will con­tinue to en­cour­age the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors to an eco­nomic and cul­ture ex­change be­tween the two coun­tries, and will make ef­forts to build up a key projects cat­a­logue and a key en­ter­prise cat­a­logue for re­gional co­op­er­a­tion projects,” said Li Xiaolin, pres­i­dent of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries.

Col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween­com­pa­nies

Eng­land.

Sir Keith Bur­nett, and uni­ver­si­ties with the sup­port of govern­ments will help to build an in­fra­struc­ture that cre­ates great pros­per­ity and op­por­tu­nity, said Sir Keith Bur­nett, vicechan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Sh­effield in an ear­lier in­ter­view.

“The Made in China 2025 ini­tia­tive is vi­tally im­por­tant … and we want to be a part of it”, he said.

In the ar­eas of aerospace, nu­clear man­u­fac­tur­ing re­search and other dis­ci­plines, the Univer­sity of Sh­effield has been work­ing with part­ners in China on newtech­nolo­gies, he added.

From the early forms of joint pro­grams that en­able stu­dents to study over­seas to build­ing up cam­puses in China’s cities— to the cur­rent col­lab­o­ra­tion in­volv­ing com­pa­nies, re­searchers and uni­ver­si­ties — more longterm, in­no­va­tion-driven projects have been op­er­at­ing as both China and the UK at­tach in­creas­ing im­por­tance to in­no­va­tion and tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment, ex­perts said at the sum­mit.

Col­lab­o­ra­tion and syn­ergy be­tween uni­ver­si­ties and com­pa­nies was key to in­no­va­tion and tech­no­log­i­cal en­hance­ment, said Zhou Ji, head of the Chi­ne­seA­cademy of En­gi­neer­ing.

Zhou said the more closely the two worked to­gether, the more ben­e­fits they brought to eco­nomic devel­op­ment and so­cial wel­fare.

Fu Guo­qing, with the Shanghai Science and Tech­nol­ogy Com­mit­tee, said that more in­sti­tu­tional im­prove­ments and in­fra­struc­ture sup­port­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion would help. Fu said they brought to­gether com­pa­nies, gov­ern­ment, think tanks, re­searchers, young trained staff mem­bers and fu­ture sci­en­tists from var­i­ous coun­tries— to help to cre­ate more en­gines for eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment.

TheMade in China 2025 ini­tia­tive is vi­tally im­por­tant … and we want to be a part of it.” vice-chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Sh­effield

REUTERS

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