Dutch gene therapy company uniQure went IPO

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The Dutch VC firm Forbion Capital Partners, investing in world-class healthcare technologies, announced that its portfolio company uniQure has closed its initial public offering (IPO) at a price of $17.00 per share. uniQure’s shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and began trading under the symbol “QURE“. Last year Sander van Deventer, partner at Forbion, was one of …

‘China will beat everyone’

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Chief editor Alexander Pil of Mechatronica&Machinebouw visited Shanghai and Suzhou. He visited the German company Festo and the Dutch companies NTS Mechatronics, Tecnotion, Keytec and VDL-ETG. In the article that Alexander wrote about his trip, several industry representatives explain their experiences in and with China. Although their stories vary, a number of conclusions are shared by all interviewees. One conclusion …

Chinese research on gas hydrate moves forward

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A basic research project on “the South China Sea gas hydrate accumulation and exploitation” was successfully finished. The project was mainly undertaken by the China Geological Survey Bureau. It targeted the gas hydrate on the northern slope of the South China Sea and was focused on conditions for its formation, as well as the formation process dynamics and accumulation. The …

Dutch Teacher in Beijing Awarded Favorite Foreign Expert Title

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Dutch teacher Padma Bansie received the award for ‘My Favorite Foreign Expert’ from the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) during the New Year Party for Foreign Experts held on December 26th last year. In total, 18 foreign experts from six colleges and departments from the prominent foreign studies university were awarded the “My Favorite Foreign Experts” title. Ms. Bansie was …

Chinese professor builds home-made Li-Fi network

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Chinese professor Chi Nan has built her own Li-Fi wireless system that can use LED lights to surf the internet. Li-Fi is not new, but instead of developing specialized hardware, Chi bought her components on Taobao (a major Chinese e-commerce website). The professor from Fudan University demonstrated her technology at the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai. Unlike traditional Wi-Fi …

Former Google executive now working in China: blown away

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Hugo Barra was well-known as Vice President of Android Product Management. Every year at Google’s biggest conference Barra would show off Android’s latest features. Then last year, Barra quit Google to work for the Chinese company XiaoMi. In December, he gave a talk in Paris at LeWeb about how utterly blown away he has been by China. In his talk …

China Elected 104 New Academicians in 2013

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On 19th December 2013, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) announced names of their newly elected Academicians, the highest academic honor in the field of science and technology in China. 53 out of 391 nominated candidates are elected as CAS Academicians this time, expanding the CAS membership to 750. CAE elected 51 out of …

Netherlands-Asia Summer School will organize 2014 edition at Peking University

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On 2 December, Marjan Oudeman, Supervisory Board member of the Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS) and president of Utrecht University signed an agreement with PKU’s vice president Li Yansong in Beijing to expand the international summer school from Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai to Beijing. The main aim of the NAHHS is to allow Dutch students to obtain better understanding of …

THE Ranking: China boasts more top universities than any other emerging economy

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The Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 was released last week to rank universities in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, as well as 17 other “emerging economies”. Peking University tops the table, with Tsinghua University second. Four of the top 10 and 23 of the top 100 institutions are Chinese. The other two in …

Energizing Cleveringa Lecture in Beijing

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Leiden University Professor Gert Jan Kramer gave a Cleveringa lecture to around 30 alumni from Leiden and other Dutch universities currently living and working in Beijing on 28 November. The inspiring talk was titled “The Energy Transition: the Netherlands, China, and the World”. Prof. Kramer briefly reviewed the history of energy and introduced the Shell Scenarios, the Greenpeace Energy (R)evolution …