Excellent Students Awarded with Orange Tulip Scholarships

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Last Saturday, the Netherlands Embassy hosted the Awarding Ceremony for Scholarship winner of the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) Programme which was organized by Neso China and NOST China for the fifth consecutive year. This year’s ceremony was held for over 30 OTS recipients and their relatives who attend the event at the Netherlands Embassy in Beijing. After his word of …

Big Data Summit in Beijing

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Last Friday (June 14) NOST went to the 2013 Innovation Summit on Big Data, which was held at the Beijing International Convention Center. When datasets become too large to be stored and analyzed by traditional database-management tools and software, these datasets and the technologies surrounding them are nowadays referred to as ‘Big Data’. The topic attracted quite a crowd, but …

More Chinese Research Papers Published in Nature Journals

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The Nature Publishing Index 2012 (NPI) China was released by Nature Asia last month. The NPI measures the output of research articles from nations and institutions in terms of publications in the 18 Nature-branded primary research journals in 2012. The index showed China’s growing importance in world science and listed 4 institutions in the world top 100. The total number …

Shanghai Government Stimulates International Cooperation in S&T Innovation

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The International Cooperation Programme of the Shanghai S&T Innovation Action Plan aims to enhance international S&T cooperation and open innovation, and accelerate S&T development and independent innovation capability of Shanghai. The programme managed by the S&T commission of the Shanghai Municipal government is divided into three sections: programme between enterprises, between governments and between academic institutions. The focus areas for …

Dutch geo-info exploring China

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Have a look at this interesting report (in Dutch only) on the Dutch geo-information mission that visited China earlier this year. Main finding: “The visit gives reason for cautious optimism. China offers opportunities for partnerships. The Dutch geo-info sector should focus on joint activities of between science, education, and industry. Collaboration can lead to new combinations of hardware and software, …

How to keep a (trade) secret in China

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This week the China IPR SME Helpdesk organised two workshops, in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, on using trade secrets to protect intellectual property (IP). Trade secrets can be a viable alternative to the use of patents, with their own specific set of benefits. You do however need to know how to keep a trade secret…a secret. Ms. Beata Suwala, IP expert …

CNY 1.12 trillion: total sales of Chinese pharmaceutical distribution industry

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According to the statistics from the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), total sales of Chinese pharmaceutical distribution industry reached CNY 1.12 trillion. The figure is 18.5 percent higher than in 2011, but actually in 2011 the year-on-year was even higher: 23 percent. The income of 848 businesses monitored by the ministry increased 20 percent year-on-year to 794.2 billion yuan in 2012, …

New Education Plan: 10 billion RMB investment in 100 local universities in Midwest China

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The Ministry of Education, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance of China jointly issued a new Midwest Higher Education Revitalization Plan (2012-2020) on May 22, 2013. The website of the Ministry of Education indicated that the Plan aims to achieve that in 2020 Higher Education in Midwest China will become more comprehensive and significantly improve …