Technology transfer centers set up

China has set up its first group of state technology transfer centers in six universities to promote the commercialization of technological achievements.

An opening ceremony for the centers was held recently by the State Economic and Trade Commission and the Ministry of Education at Tsinghua University.

Xie Xuren, vice-director of he State Economic and Trade Commission, said nearly two thirds of China's large and medium-sized enterprises have no research and development institutes and only 30 percent of the 30,000 technological achievements are being used commercially and only 10 percent of those on a large scale.

Zhao Qinping, vice-director of the State Education Ministry expressed on the ceremony that the ministry will formulate related policies to strengthen the combination of research and application. Till now, few science parks have been established by universities in China. They became bases of scientific application and incubators of high-tech enterprises.

The six universities are the Tsinghua University in Beijing, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, East China University of Science and Technology, Central China University of Science and Technology, and Sichuan University.

The state technology center will help China improve technology transfers and cooperation between research institutes and industries, said the official.

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