Enterprise Cooperation

In any innovative country, a key aspect of the science and technology work of its universities is to promote the application and socialization of their technological achievements, and to realize the integration of “industry, education and research”. In order to speed up the process of converting technological achievements into productive capability, and to enhance support for the enterprise development, the University-Industry Cooperation Committee (UICC) of Tsinghua University was established in 1995, with the overseas-industry branch of this committee set up the following year. Thanks to the support of a wide range of enterprises from both home and abroad, the UICC has made tremendous progress since its inception, with its membership now expanded to more than 190 partners. In Mainland China, it has established cooperation with companies including Baosteel Group, China Telecom, Shanghai Automotive, China Metallurgic Group Corporation, China Huaneng Group Corporation, Shenhua Group, Yalong Hydropower, Huawei, Sichuan Changhong Electric, Dongfang Electric, Guangdong Nuclear Energy Development Group, and Juhua Group. The committee’s overseas partners include such well-known names as Toyota, UTC, P&G, Siemens, Boeing, Toshiba, Samsung, Microsoft, Hitachi, Sony, Veolia, KONE, EMC and Eternal.

In recent years, Tsinghua University has greatly strengthened its cooperation and coordination with its membership partners by further enhancing its services to them, and as a result has helped to promote cooperation on the setting-up of key projects and construction of university-industry platforms.

Brief introduction of the UICC

1.Function

First set up in 1995, the purpose of the UIUC is to speed up technology transfer, to promote industrialization of technological achievements and to strengthen Tsinghua University’s cooperation with enterprises both home and abroad. The committee also provides services such as technological advice, education, and consultation.

2.Target membership

The committee in mainly focused on providing services for distinguished overseas enterprises, and state-owned conglomerates, as well as leading enterprises in the industry and national backbone enterprises.

3.Services

Operating under a membership system, the committee provides services such as technological advice, educational support, and consultation services for its member enterprises. Such customized services are provided to 150 UICC Chinese member companies and 40 international member companies (statistics from December 2012).

Objectives of the Committee

The goal of the committee is to strengthen Tsinghua University’s cooperation with enterprises in the areas of technology, working personnel and information exchange, by taking advantage of resources within the university. This includes such areas as:

  • Building platforms that integrate industry, education and research to promote the industrialization of high-tech achievements.
  • Providing multi-dimensional, diversified services to assist enterprises in solving problems in technology and management, with the aim of strengthening their innovation capability and market competitiveness.
  • Serving as a bridge between domestic enterprises and their overseas counterparts, in order to promote the bi-directional exchange of technology, working personnel and information.
  • Accelerating subject development and talent cultivation within Tsinghua University, and strengthening its independent innovation capability, thereby supporting the university to play a more active role in building China into an innovative country

Scope of services

Catering to the practical needs of enterprises, the committee provides one-stop, multi-dimensional and tailor-made services by making use of Tsinghua University’s advantages in the following areas.

1.Information services

The committee provides its member enterprises with information about the academic research potential and capability within Tsinghua University, as well as information on development teams, new technology, new achievements, patents, activities in integrating industry, education and research, personnel training, etc.

2.Technology services

The committee organizes academicians, experts, professors and other leading players in scientific research to provide services for its member enterprises in technology development, technological diagnostics, and technology management.

3.Talent services

The committee encourages Tsinghua University post-graduates to work as employees or as interns in its member enterprises. It also provides opportunities and organizes activities for personnel of the member enterprises to go to Tsinghua for training, further education and research work.

4.International cooperation

The committee helps keep its member enterprises updated about the latest technological achievements both at home and abroad, and provides assistance for their international cooperation.

5.Co-establishing research bases

The committee helps its member enterprises to establish bases at Tsinghua University for cooperation with Tsinghua in areas such as research, experimental facilities, technical development, and personnel training. Other special training programs are also arranged for enterprises by the committee on an ad hoc basis.

6.Exchange and visits

The committee organizes exchanges and visits between Tsinghua and its member enterprises, as well as among the member enterprises.

7.Meetings and conferences

The committee organizes meetings, academic seminars, symposiums and workshops for its member enterprises.

Member enterprises of the Committee

At present, the Tsinghua-Enterprise Cooperation Committee has a membership base covering 150 domestic enterprises, including China FAW Group, Baosteel Group, North China Grid Company Ltd, and China Telecom, and about 40 overseas members, including Toyota, P&G, Siemens, Veolia, Intel, Hitachi, Microsoft, Toshiba, KONE, SONY, Samsung, KONE, EMC and TPV.

Major strategic cooperation

1. Domestic cooperation

In recent years the UICC has worked to establish strategic cooperation between Tsinghua University and national key enterprises. Strategic cooperation agreements have been signed with a number of enterprises including China Electronics Corporation, COMAC, Sichuan Changhong, China Hydropower Engineering Consultant Group, China Dongfang Electric Corporation, China Huaneng Group, Datang Electric Group, China State Construction Engineering Corporation, and Hainan Rubber Group. New domestic members of the UICC signing membership agreements include China Telecom, China 22nd Metallurgic Group, Ningxia Pagoda Petrochemical Group, and Hainan Development Holding.

On Dec.14, 2014, Hainan Rubber Group signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Tsinghua University and joined the UICC. Ms. Chen Xu, the Chairman of the University Council, and Mr. Chen Zhirong, Vice Governor of Hainan Province, attended the signing ceremony.

On Dec. 7, 2013, Tsinghua University and China Electronics Corporation (CEC) signed a strategic cooperation agreement. The General Manager of CEC, Mr. Liu Liehong, the Deputy General Manager of CEC, Mr. Chen Xu, the President of Tsinghua University Prof. Chen Jining, and the Deputy Vice President of Tsinghua University, Prof. Cheng Jianping, attended the signing ceremony. Both sides agreed to strengthen the cooperation in strategic decision consultation, technology innovation and industrial transfer, as well as personnel exchange and training.

On Nov. 20, 2012, a team led by the General Manager of Harbin-Electronic Corporation, Zou Lei, visited Tsinghua University to held the first recruitment fair for Tsinghua University students graduating in 2013. The President of Tsinghua University, Chen Jining, together with the Vice President Kang Kejun, and the Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee, Shi Zongkai, received the guests in Gongziting, where the two sides had thorough exchange on promoting scientific research of mutual interest and talent cooperation.

In August, 2012, Weichai Power signed a strategic partnership agreement with Tsinghua University to build a university joint research platform—the Tsinghua-Weichai R&D Center of Automotive Engineering. Weichai Power also set up the “Weichai Power Scholarship Endowment Fund” with a capital of 5 million RMB, and established the Tsinghua University Base for internship, practice and employment.

On Jul. 9, 2012, the signing ceremony for strategic cooperation between Harbin-Electronic Corporation and Tsinghua University was held in the city of Harbin. The deputy governor of Heilongjiang Province Zhang Jianxing, the chairman and the secretary of the Party committee of Harbin-Electronic Corporation Gong Jingkun, the general manager of Harbin-Electronic Corporation, Zou Lei, and the Deputy President of Tsinghua University, Kang Kejun, all took part in the ceremony. Zou Lei and Kang Kejun signed the framework agreement for strategic cooperation. Both sides agreed to launch a comprehensive strategic cooperation covering scientific research in key projects, the commercialization of scientific and technological achievements, personnel training and the building of an academician workstation in Harbin-Electronic Corporation, amongst other areas. Harbin-Electronic Corporation also joined the partner program of the Career Center of Tsinghua University and set up a fund for career development (the Harbin-Electric Corporation Project) to encourage graduates from Tsinghua University to obtain internship and employment opportunities in the Harbin-Electronic Corporation. The Corporation also established a scholarship endowment fund in Tsinghua University to subsidize needy students with an excellent record both in conduct and academic achievement.

On Sept. 29, 2011, China State Construction Engineering Corp. signed a strategic partnership agreement with Tsinghua University. Both sides agreed to cooperate in the transformation and promotion of application of technological achievements, as well as to a joint application for a National Engineering Laboratory, and to joint applications for government sponsored projects tackling national scientific and technological problems. The two parties also agreed to cooperate in the fostering of high-level talents.

On Apr. 22, 2011, China Dongfang Electric Group signed a strategic partnership agreement with Tsinghua. In addition, three donation and cooperation agreements were signed, to support research in the humanities and social sciences, to set up a fund for graduate career development (the Dongfang Electric Group Project), and to establish a partnership with the Tsinghua Employment Guidance Center.

On Apr. 13, 2011, China Datang Group signed a strategic partnership agreement with Tsinghua University. Both sides agreed to cooperate closely in advanced power generation technology, low-carbon clean coal transformation, coal pollution control and renewable energy, as well as in production safety, and recruitment and fostering of talent.

On May 20, 2010, COMAC signed a strategic partnership agreement with Tsinghua University, with the major goals of developing large passenger aircraft, establishing a partnership in scientific R&D, facilitating technology transfer, and fostering of talent and development of international cooperation.

On March 11th, 2010, Tsinghua and China Telecom jointly set up a laboratory for next generation internet technology. This laboratory is aimed at speeding up the construction of the next-generation Internet in China, and symbolizes a big step forward in the commercialization of the next-generation Internet.

On September 10th, 2009, Tsinghua University established close contacts with Shenhua Group in technology development, industrialization of scientific achievements and personnel training. Following China’s national policy of energy industry development, the two sides agreed on long-term cooperation in the following areas: capture, storage and utilization of CO2, clean coal, hydrogen energy, renewable energy resources, cutting-edge energy technology, and the introduction and cultivation of talent in energy management. The Beijing Low-carbon Energy Research Institute and Tsinghua Low-carbon Energy Laboratory serve as the platform for the cooperation.

China 22nd Metallurgic Group has cooperated with the Mechanical Engineering Department of Tsinghua University in jointly setting up a laboratory to study heavy forge pressing. The first phase research has been successfully finished with satisfying results, evidenced by the development of a 200MN concrete hydraulic press with a plate heat exchanger for Shanghai Lanbin Petrochemical Equipment Co.,Ltd. Since May 2008, this press has been used to has produce more than 200,000 square meters of corrugated plates for heat exchangers, demonstrating the great profit-making potential of the project. In view of the success of the first-phase research collaboration, 22nd Metallurgic Group has approved the second-phase cooperation with Tsinghua University. In this second phase, research will focus on developing a multi-ram closed-die forge hydraulic press of 300MN or 200MN capacity.

2. International Collaboration

On Oct. 20th, 2015, Tsinghua University and Swire Properties signed the second-phase three-year collaboration agreement for the “Tsinghua University-Swire Properties Joint Research Center for Building Energy Efficiency and Sustainability”, which was first jointly established in 2011.

On Mar 23rd, 2015, Tsinghua University and Volvo Group jointly established the “Research Center for Green Economy and Sustainable Development”.

On Dec.25, 2014 EMC signed an agreement to become an overseas member of the UICC

On Oct.28, 2013 Tsinghua University and Microsoft established the “Tsinghua University-Microsoft Joint Research Center for Innovation and Intellectual Property”

On Sept.13, 2013, the unveiling ceremony of the Tsinghua University (Department of Computer Science and Technology)-Beijing Samsung Telecom R&D Center Joint Laboratory for Intelligent Media Computing was held.

On Jun. 24, 2013 the signing ceremony of the Joint Research Center for Sustainable Transportation between Tsinghua University and Daimler Greater China was held.

On May 6, 2013 Tsinghua University and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. signed an agreement to set up the “Tsinghua-Samsung Semiconductor Joint Lab”.

On Apr. 10, 2013 Tsinghua University, Southeast University, the University of Science and Technology of China, and Intel, signed a cooperation agreement for the “Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Mobile Networking and Computing”.

On Mar. 23, 2013 Tsinghua University and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries signed the 2nd phase of a 5-year cooperation agreement for the Tsinghua-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) R&D Center.

On Dec. 27, 2012, Tsinghua University and United Technologies Corporation (UTC) signed the second-phase of a 5-year cooperation agreement for the Tsinghua-UTC Joint Research Center of Architectural Energy Saving, Safety and Control.

On Dec. 26, 2012, at the awards ceremony for international science and technology cooperation, held by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, The International Joint Research Center of Advanced Functional Materials proposed by the Department of Material Science and Engineering, and recommended by Tsinghua University, was officially awarded the title of National Base of International Science and Technology Cooperation.

On Oct. 25, 2012, Tsinghua University and Siemens signed the second-phase of a comprehensive cooperation agreement for the Tsinghua-Siemens Center for Knowledge Interchange.

On Oct. 11, 2012, the Tsinghua University-Rio Tinto Energy and Sustainable Development Joint Research Center was inaugurated.

On Aug. 28, 2012, Tsinghua University and Hongkong Chinluck (Holding) co-established the Tsinghua University-Chinluck Frontier Science Research Center.

On Jun. 8, 2012, Tsinghua University and Statoil ASA signed cooperation projects, representing Tsinghua University’s first cooperation with Statoil ASA.

On May 16, 2012, Tsinghua University and Bristol-Myers Squibb signed a cooperation agreement in the bio-pharmaceutical field, and entered into a strategic partnership.

On Mar. 26, 2012, Tsinghua University and Bayer HealthCare signed a new strategic cooperation agreement to broaden the research field of the Bayer-Tsinghua University Joint Research Center for Innovative Drug Discovery (Institute of Biomedicine for short), and to promote research cooperation on biomedicine over a period of 3 years.

On Mar. 20, 2012, Rio Tinto signed an agreement with Tsinghua University to fund the Tsinghua-MIT Program on Energy and Climate Change Modelling, as part of the framework of the Tsinghua-Cambridge-MIT Alliance of Low Carbon Energy.

On Dec. 2, 2011, on the basis of the last two phases of cooperation, Tsinghua and Hach Company, USA, signed a third-phase cooperation agreement, continuing their cooperation in water quality monitoring technology and equipment development, talent fostering and provision of social services.

On Sept. 2, 2011, Swire Properties signed an agreement with Tsinghua to set up a joint research center for building energy efficiency and sustainable development. The joint center aims to explore integrated design and management methods based on simulation, and based on energy consumption indicators, to enhance the design, construction, acceptance inspection and operation of public buildings.

On Jun. 2, 2011, Toshiba and Tsinghua University jointly set up the Tsinghua – Toshiba Energy and Environment Research Center, which will carry out widespread in-depth joint research in energy conservation, smart grid technology, water treatment and urban transportation.

On Mar. 30, 2011, Tsinghua University and Toyota Motor Corporation signed the second-phase of a five-year cooperation agreement for the Tsinghua University-Toyota Research Center.

On Jan. 19, 2011, Tsinghua University and Philips signed a partnership agreement to jointly set up a biomedical imaging research center, promoting cooperation in nuclear medicine, image navigation interventional therapy, molecular imaging and basic medicine.

On Nov. 4, 2010, the Tsinghua – Janssen Contagious Disease Research Project was established. This project aims at promoting the research on therapies for contagious diseases and thus satisfies an important medical demand in public sanitation.

On Oct. 20, 2010, the Tsinghua – Boeing Joint Research Center was established. This center is focused on research into the environment and design of airplanes, as well as advanced materials and computer science.

On Oct. 26, 2009, Tsinghua University signed an agreement with PJM Company, USA, licensing Automatic Voltage Control technology to PJM for a trial-run in the grid control center of PJM. This was the first time advanced grid control technology was exported from China into the USA.

On Aug. 6, 2009, the Tsinghua – Veolia Advanced Environment Technology Joint Center was established. This center is devoted to water treatment, water resource management and waste disposal.

On Apr. 15, 2008, Tsinghua University and Siemens jointly launched a Center of Knowledge Interchange (CKI). As a bond between the university and a distinguished enterprise with a high international profile, the center aims to facilitate exchange between Tsinghua and Siemens in talent cultivation and scientific knowledge. The establishment of the CKI also strengthens cooperation between two sides in energy science, industrial automation and human health.

On Sept. 20, 2007, Tsinghua University and UTC signed an agreement, setting up the Tsinghua – UTC Joint Research Center on Building Energy Efficiency, Safety and Control. The center is aimed at promoting new highly efficient building technology and its multidisciplinary integrated applications.

On Mar. 23, 2006, Toyota and Tsinghua University launched a joint research center on the school-level, with the participation of several of departments. The center serves as a platform on which a long-term, stable cooperation between the two partners can be established. The cooperation between Toyota and Tsinghua is based on the demands of the domestic Chinese market, and has played a positive role in promoting the integration of industry, education and research. Many technological achievements and innovations have found applications in the industry through the efforts of the center. Through research in energy, materials, environment protection and car safety, the center is dedicated to the sustained development of the automotive industry in China.

Conferences

Tsinghua university and the Enterprise Cooperation Committee emphasize the importance of holding conferences on topical issues on a regular basis. Such conferences offer an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs, experts, scholars and government officials to share and exchange views on important scientific, technological and societal issues.

On December 19th, 2008, the annual Conference of Tsinghua University and its Enterprise Cooperation Committee was held at Tsinghua University. The meeting also served as a forum for China’s strategy on its resources. More than 170 distinguished guests attended the meeting, including high-level officials from the National People's Congress, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and the State Asset Regulatory Commission, as well as well-known scholars, and representatives from the member enterprises of the Committee, and local leaders in charge of science, technology and economic development. An extensive exchange of views was had on strategic topics such as China’s response to the worldwide energy crisis, and development of clean energy.

Oct. 15th, 2010, following China’s national policy of “Transforming economic development mode, adjusting the industrial structure, based on scientific and technological innovations”, the annual Conference of Tsinghua University and its Enterprise Cooperation Committee was held at Tsinghua University. The meeting served as a forum on the topic of energy, economy and the environment. Present at the conference were representatives from government ministries and state leadership, distinguished scholars in energy, economy and environment research and leading entrepreneurs from home and abroad. The focus of the meeting was on energy strategy, economic development and environmental protection. This meeting of experts and high level representatives from a wide range of backgrounds facilitated the sharing of opinions and exchange of views with a common goal to promote cooperation and seek new ways of development.

Organization, coordination and management of university-industry major programs (platform construction)

On May 8th, 2009, Yalong River Hydropower Development Company Ltd. (Ertan Hydropower Development Company Ltd as the former) signed a contract with Tsinghua University to co-establish China’s first ultra-deep underground laboratory for the study of dark matter. Adhering to the working principle of “coordination and sweeping service”, the UICC has greatly assisted the cooperation between Tsinghua University and Yalong River Company in the organization, coordination and service of the collaboration platform. A big opening ceremony for the ultra-deep underground laboratory, China Jinping Underground Lab, was held at the Jinping Hydropower Station on Dec. 12, 2010. The establishment and use of the lab signifies China’s capabilities in carrying out major frontier scientific research projects.