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 …

TU Delft holds workshop on urban environments in Guangzhou

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Last week Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) held a workshop on “urban systems and the environment” in Guangzhou, together with its research collaboration partner South China University of Technology (SCUT). This is already the 3rd workshop after TU Delft and SCUT formally set up a joint research centre on urban systems and the environment last year, one of several …

New Handbook about Joint Research Centres in China launched

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NOST China co-organized the 2nd EU-China Workshop on Joint Research Structures (JRS) in China with the EU Delegation to China, Euraxess Links and the Italian and French embassies. This event was held on 22 November and allowed over 200 European and Chinese researchers and policy makers to share experiences about establishing and organizing joint research structures, such as centers, institutes …

Dutch Digital Drinks in Shanghai

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Last week on Thursday evening a group of various Dutch IT, eCommerce and digital media professionals came together in Shanghai for the Dutch Digital Drinks. Networking wasn’t about sharing your WiFi password but about exchanging business cards. The goal is to share ideas, experiences and look for joint opportunities in an informal setting. Fellow Dutch digital devotees are encouraged to …

Smart Cities, Smart Accessibility Workshop

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Last Wednesday (20 November) Shell, together with the Shanghai Municipal Science & Technology Commission (SMSTC), organized a workshop on the topic Smart Cities and Smart Accessibility. Other companies and organizations that gave presentations and/or joint the discussion were: THNK, Amsterdam Economic Board, Fujitsu, TRIAD, Carbon War Room, TomTom and Philips. Various speakers showed the audience technologies and solutions that are …