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Beijing University-Enterprise Collaborative Innovation 2019 -- an event themed “‘BeiDou’ Leads Science & Technology, Innovation Shapes a Better Future” is launched

On August 29, Beijing University-Enterprise Collaborative Innovation 2019 -- an event themed “‘BeiDou’ Leads Science & Technology, Innovation Shapes a Better Future” hosted by Beijing Association for Science and Technology kicked off at Zhongguancun Emerging Industrial Base in Fengtai District. This event has gathered a group of scholars and experts including Qi Faren (space technology expert, Chief Designer of the Shenzhou series spacecrafts and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering), Wang Hui (Vice President and Researcher of the Beijing Association for Science and Technology, and Deputy Director of Beijing Science and Technology Consulting Center), Xu Wei (Deputy Director of the Beijing Science and Technology Consulting Center), Zhang Quande (Secretary-General of the GNSS & LBS Association of China), Wang Bo (Vice Secretary-General of the GNSS & LBS Association of China, and Professor and Doctoral Supervisor of Beijing Institute of Technology), Ji Huixian (Secretary-General of Zhongguancun Equipment Industry Alliance for Military-Civilian Integration), heads of the associations for science and technology of universities in Beijing, and business representatives.

The event consisted of the forum themed “BeiDou” and the Second Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for BeiDou Star at Beijing Division. During the event, Ji Huixian, Secretary-General of Zhongguancun Equipment Industry Alliance for Military-Civilian Integration, gave a brief introduction of Zhongguancun Equipment Industry Alliance for Military-Civilian Integration. Xu Mingbo, Vice President of Beijing Association for Science and Technology, then delivered a speech. He pointed out that to unite the science and technology personnel concentrated in the universities to serve the construction of national sci-tech innovation center, is a central task of the Beijing Association for Science and Technology. This event will create an academic exchange platform for universities and enterprises, on which they can share high-quality resources and deepen collaboration in innovation and the functions of universities can be brought into full play.

On the forum, Qi Faren (space technology expert, and Chief Designer of the Shenzhou spacecraft and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering) made a fantastic keynote speech on the development of China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. As he put it, with the improvement of the construction and service capability of the BeiDou navigation system, it will penetrate into social production and our daily life, thereby injecting new vitality into global economic and social development. Subsequently, Wang Bo, Vice Secretary-General of the GNSS & LBS Association of China, and Luo Shujiang, General Manager of Beijing Tianji Technology Co., Ltd, expounded and shared their views on the development trend and the application of BeiDou industry in enterprises respectively.

During the Second Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for BeiDou Star at Beijing Division, 16 project teams took turns to showcase their entries in the form of onsite roadshows, which was a fierce competition. In addition, Wang Bo (Vice Secretary-General of the GNSS & LBS Association of China, and Professor and Doctoral Supervisor of Beijing Institute of Technology) was invited to serve as the head of the jury. Each project team was scored by five judges, and the final score was arrived by averaging, which was ensued by the awarding ceremony. The winners of the competition at Beijing Division will be recommended to the National Finals through a merit-based process.

Independent innovation is the soul of technological development. In the report delivered at the 19th CPC National Congress, it is clearly stated that “We must keep it firm in our minds that technology is the core combat capability, encourage innovations in major technologies, and conduct innovations independently.” The BeiDou System is an important space infrastructure of China. Since the primary system’s construction of BeiDou-3 network was completed at the end of 2018, it has been running steadily, which marks the BeiDou’s entry into an era of providing global services. Besides, the industry projects in the application of BeiDou satellite navigation system has registered rapid progress, making BeiDou a highlight of China. To implement the national policy on innovation and the requirements of the CPC Central Committee for the work of the Beijing Association for Science and Technology, the Association, as the sponsor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for “BeiDou Star”, targeting the “BeiDou” science and technology, the internationally leading model of independent innovation and based on the existing cooperation, has utilized this event to create an academic exchange platform for universities and enterprises, on which they can share high-quality resources and deepen collaboration in innovation, and the functions of universities can be leveraged. It is reported that all parties will carry out relevant activities in terms of the layout of the high-end technological industries that go along with the capital’s functions in order to strengthen the construction of the platform for the university-enterprise collaborative innovation and create a pattern of university-enterprise communication and coordination with Beijing characteristics.