On the afternoon of April 6th, Beihang University and Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI) held discussions and signed a cooperation agreement on the establishment of Innovation Center for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region (BTH Innovation Center) in Ruxin Convention Center.
Among the attendees were Party Secretary of Haidian District Yu Jun, BICI President Wang Jixiang, BICI Vice Presidents Lyu Dongjiao and Luo Lin, Beihang President Xu Huibin, Beihang Vice President Wang Yunpeng, President Assistant and Director of the Institute of Science and Technology Wang Rongqiao, etc. The signing ceremony was hosted by Wang Rongqiao.
On behalf of Beihang Univerisity, President Xu Huibin extended his warm welcome to the delegates and briefed on the development of Beihang in recent years from the aspects of discipline planning and scientific research. He stressed that it has been made clear in the national strategies that innovation remains at the heart of China’s modernization drive and we should strengthen our science and technology to provide strategic support for China’s development. The establishment of the BTH Innovation Center is a major move made to respond to the call of the country as well as an essential layout of building the National Center for Science and Technology Innovation. He hoped that the two sides would take this agreement as an opportunity to deepen cooperation and to reinforce complementarity between each other, so as to serve the country’s strategic needs and promote the in-depth integration of industries, universities and research institutes.
Wang Jixiang introduced the background of the establishment of BTH Innovation Center and its strategic goals. Global technology and innovation have seen profound changes over the years. He pointed out that under the current situation, science and technology innovation should focus on the building of innovation system and the application of results of major basic research in industries. By leveraging the science and education advantages of Beihang, the Center aims to build a synergized innovation community, explore a new way for Sci-Tech innovation as well as a new pattern for national development, and contribute to the establishment of International Center for Science and Technology Innovation.
Yu Jun expressed his congratulations on the cooperation between Beihang and BICI. He pointed out that, on the one hand, BICI carries the dual responsibility of promoting the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and innovation-driven development; on the other hand, Beihang University shoulders the noble mission and ambitious goals. It has made great contribution to China's space exploration cause and economic and social development. He added that Haidian District will further strengthen the building of an enabling system for innovation and provide its full support to contribute to making China a country of innovators.
At the ceremony, Yu Jun, Wang Jixiang and Xu Huibin witnessed the signing of the agreements and then unveiled two frontier laboratories and the Innovation Center for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region.
According to the agreement, the two parties will work together to actively promote the research and development of frontier science and technology and the application of results of major basic research in industries, cultivate innovative and entrepreneurial talents, and provide strong support for the building of the national innovation system and the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
Reported by Song Chao and Wang Yanjie
Photographed by Di Bailu and Liu Yaoze
Reviewed by Li Jianwei
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Li Zhuoyang