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 …

The necessity of more efficiency in China’s logistics

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Eighteen percent of China’s GDP can be attributed to the logistics sector, compared to eight and seven percent in the US and the Netherlands respectively. Various factors influence the efficiency e.g.: barriers and regional differences in policy, infrastructure and logistics services. Reforms and standardization are essential to improve the efficiency in China’s logistics. Reducing obstacles in the supply chain could …

China’s performance in 2012 Nature Publishing Index strongest to date

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With a third more papers than last year and a host of new institutions, China’s performance in the 2012 Nature Publishing Index is its strongest to date. Nature’s numbers show that the quality of research has improved, but the authors conclude that more support for basic science is encouraged. There have also been calls for the establishment of a coordinated …

Get your parcel delivered by a mini helicopter

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SF Express, one of China’s largest parcel companies, is testing helicopter drones to deliver packages. Although SF Express isn’t the first company using drones for commercial purposes, China is the first country to legalize parcel delivery this way. The police in Dongguan (Guangdong province, China) gave their permission and said it will do so in the future, as long as …

Invisibility cloaks ‘made in China’?

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Well, not yet. But the results from this research at ZheJiang University (Hangzhou) are very interesting. A team led by Lu Lan at Zhejiang University in China have actually created the first invisibility cloak designed using topology optimisation. They carved it out of Teflon and it took them 15 minutes using a computer-controlled engraving machine. The resulting “Teflon eyelid” invisibility …

Chemical industry in China, a look beyond the State-Owned Enterprises

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KPMG examines the nature and unique character of Chinese chemical companies — not by looking at the powerful state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that have made their mark internationally, but by focusing on the more low profile, yet incredibly strong, players in the industry. Snapshot from KPMG China’s Chemical Industry report These ‘local champions’, both state-owned and private, are influential, have large …

Impressive output China’s business incubation efforts

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On October 14,2013, the opening ceremony of the 16th International Workshop on Business Incubation took place in Pudong, Shanghai. The workshop comprises a 5 days program with various lectures, group discussions and project matchmaking related to Business Incubation. The main theme of the week is ‘Business Incubation & Industry Cultivation’. There will be discussions on best practices of e.g. life …

Zhongguancun: an international High-Tech hub

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The Washington Post posted an interesting article about Zhongguancun, the High-Tech hub in Beijing. We hereby share the article with courtesy to The Washington Post. The number of technical staff working in Zhongguancun Science Park reached 402,000 last year as investment in high-tech sectors hit 91.8 billion yuan ($15 billion) in 2012, according to the latest Zhongguancun Index released in …

Holland Science Lecture on Trends in Internationalisation in Higher Education in Europe and Amsterdam

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On September 27th, Dutch and Chinese university representatives attended the second Holland Science Lecture in Beijing. The event was organised by NOST in Beijing and the Sino-Dutch Researchers Network. Kees Kouwenaar, a Dutch expert in international cooperation in Higher Education was invited to speak about his experiences in this field. The event attracted researchers, with close links with the Netherlands,mainly …