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 …

DSM wins Human Nutrition Innovation Award

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DSM China Ltd. has won the first ‘Nutrition Innovation Gold Award’ issued by the Chinese Nutrition Society (CNS). This award is granted to DSM in recognition of its outstanding contribution to nutritional science by constantly enhancing and improving human nutrition and the strong support it offers to the academic community in product development and applications. DSM was also acknowledged for …

How diabetes influences the maternity

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A recent Chinese study found the cause and proof for the effect of diabetic mothers on the maternity. Previous studies have revealed that offspring of diabetic mothers display a higher incidence of malformations and fetal death, even when a one-cell embryo is transplanted from a diabetic to a non-diabetic mother. Diabetic mothers’ oocytes tend to exhibit reduced glucose metabolism, compromised …

China’s development plan for the seed industry 2020

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In a race to further develop the Chinese country side and increase the agricultural production, the Chinese Ministry for Agriculture announced plans to professionalize the seed industry following the No. 1 Document on Agricultural S&T Innovation in 2012. R&D focus will be on the creation of new varieties of rice, wheat, corn, soybean, potato and 15 varieties of ‘cash crops’ …

Chinese vaccine development

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Vaccine development is a focus area of the Chinese government and industry. In August 2012, a HIV vaccine developed by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and National Vaccine & Serum Institute (under China National Biotec Group and China National Pharmaceutical Group) entered phase II clinical trial in Beijing YouAn Hospital. It is the first vaccine using replicative …

China at tipping point implementing ‘real’ Smart Grids

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China successfully expanded and upgraded its electricity infrastructure in recent years. A strong domestic industrial base for transmission and distribution infrastructure equipment had been developed. The next step to make the grid ‘real smart’ and decentralized will be more difficult, according to a recent study of NOST China officer Dirk Jan Boudeling. With 7,3 billion USD in 2010, China is …

China tested its auto-driving car on highway

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China successfully tested its auto-driving car on a piece of highway between the city of Beijing and Tianjin last weekend. This 114 km journey took the self-driving vehicle 85 minutes at an average speed of 79 km per hour. The car is able to sense its environment through radar placed on top and cameras installed within and outside. With GPS …

BrainBridge – Philips, Zhejiang University, TU Eindhoven

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A little over a week ago Philips and TU Eindhoven came to Zhejiang University in Hangzhou for their annual board meeting of the Brain Bridge program. The ‘Brain Bridge’ (BB) Program has been initiated in November 2005 through a tri-party international cooperation among the European host (TU/e: Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands), Philips Research, and the return host (ZJU: …

9th International IP Forum held in Shanghai

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The theme of the forum held on 8 November was “Intellectual Property and Soft Power of Cities”. Following an important subject of the Chinese policy of the National Patent Development Strategy (2011 – 2020) which aims: “10 Model cities that can comprehensively utilize the patent system and have excellent intellectual property market environment” During the forum most attention was drawn …

China sets High-speed railway target

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China will have established a high-speed railway network covering almost all cities by 2015. The State Council issued a plan for building a comprehensive transportation network during the 2011-2015 period. According to the plan, construction of the high-speed railway network should be completed by the end of 2015, with a total operating length of more than 40,000 kilometers. China will …