Last November the University of Groningen (UG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute in China (JITRI).
Mr. Wanli Zheng, Manager China Affairs at Energy Academy Europe and Liaison Officer of the Yantai project, is the initiator of the UG-JITRI cooperation. He is really proud of the Memorandum of Understanding. Zheng: ‘JITRI is really eager to work together with the University of Groningen. The University of Groningen provides top quality research and has a worldwide reputation on this.’
JITRI has established an internal fund of initially 20 million RMB (equivalent to 2,5 million Euros) to support research projects developed under this MoU, which have been approved for funding by JITRI.
JITRI focus is on sponsoring PhD research projects in science and technology, including but not limited to the following 5 research areas: Advanced Materials; Biotechnology and New Medicine; Green technology and New Energy; New-generation information and communication technology, and High-end manufacturing and equipment. Three models for UG-JITRI collaboration are offered under the MoU, including:
Wanli Zheng is appealing to UG and UMCG researchers with ideas for joint PhD programmes to contact him. Zheng: ‘ We are working with JITRI to sort out joint research projects, joint Ph.D. programmes, joint workshop initiatives, new industries and start-ups collaboration, joint venture of R&D. Any researcher or company who has ideas to encourage joint R&D or joint venture activities with JITRI should contact me right away. We can discuss with JITRI about the details of such a joint programme and to find out if there is a matchmaking possible.’
JITRI is b ased in the city of Nanjing in the province of Jiangsu. The institute’s mission is to promote and support the industrial technology research and commercialization of the advanced technologies that may significantly impact the economic development of Jiangsu Province by collaboration with national and international top researchers and top research institutes.
Currently, JITRI has 36 research institutes of different industrial fields in different locations, including 8 specialized institutes on Manufacture & Equipment research; 7
specialized institutes on Biotechnology & Medicine; 8 specialized institutes on Advanced Materials research. The annual R&D budget is about US$ 300 million.
Next month, January 2018, Wanli Zheng and a delegation of professors of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, UG, including Dean Prof. Jasper Knoester, will be boarding to Jiangsu Province, China, to meet the staff of JITRI. Wanli Zheng: ‘ Jiangsu is intrigued and ready for international collaboration on science and the technology with top quality research institutes including the University of Groningen. And the collaboration provides the UG and companies in the North of the Netherlands a tight bridge linking innovation to the Jiangsu industries. A win-win-challenge. Please send in your ideas or suggestions for collaboration today.’
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