Napoleon once famously said: "Let China sleep, for when she awakes she will shake the world." This has proved prophetic, as China has proceeded to shake the world since its reform and opening up began 35 years ago. But for all of its economic might, China ranks only thirty-third in global innovation, according to the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness index. However, China aims to become an innovation-led nation by 2020 and hopes to promote innovation in China through a massive expansion in higher education, more skilled workers and heavy investments in research and development. Forging partnerships with foreign universities is one of the many approaches encouraged and embraced by Chinese authorities.
This session will consider:
- What is the impact of these Sino-foreign partnerships on China's innovative capacity?
- What are the implications for industry-university collaborations?
- What are the challenges faced by these partnerships and how do they contribute to the innovation agendas in both China and the partner countries?
- Can Sino-foreign partnerships unlock innovation in China?