Shanghai and Tsinghua University jointly established an innovation center in Putuo District on Saturday to help boost regional scientific innovation as well as economic and social development.
The International Innovation Center of Tsinghua University Shanghai will enhance technology development and transfer, international cooperation, regional research and talent training, according to the city government.
Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong and president of Tsinghua Qiu Yong jointly launched the innovation center at the Shanghai Convention and Exhibition Center of International Sourcing in Putuo.
Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang said the center should focus on breakthroughs of key technologies to make more original achievements. It is also expected to attract top innovation professionals from both home and abroad.
Qiu said the innovation center marks a new peak of cooperation between the university and Shanghai. The center will target key breakthroughs on core technologies and drive their applications to serve the innovation-driven development strategy and integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region.
A Yangtze River Delta regional development research center has also been unveiled along with a cloud platform for scientific innovation and leading innovative doctoral projects for the Delta region.
After the launch ceremony, the first Tsinghua University alumni innovation forum was held at the exhibition center for outstanding graduates to share their innovation and entrepreneurship experiences.
Some of the graduates visited the key scientific innovation projects in Putuo after the forum, such as the Shanghai Fintech Industrial Park, the Taopu Central Greenbelt and the under-development China-Israel Innovation Hub (Shanghai) at the Taopu Smart City.