On the morning of January 12, 2022, Mr. Anthony Myers, Head of Digital, Data and Cyber Policy at the British Embassy in Beijing, Mr. Stephen Brennan, Consul for Science and Technology of the British Consulate General in Shanghai, Ms. Bronte Zhang, Science and Technology Officer of British Consulate General in Shanghai, and Ms. Jane Lu, Senior Officer of the Regional Affairs Office (Jiangsu), visited the new site of CUNJC. Professor Daping Chu, Academic Director and CEO of CUNJC, presided over the meeting online, and Albert Wu, General Research Manager of CUNJC, attended the meeting at the Centre. The two sides conducted in-depth discussions on international exchanges, scientific research cooperation, and innovation transformation.
Professor Chu expressed his gratitude to the British Embassy in China, especially the Consulate General of Shanghai, for their support to the Centre. He pointed out that in the face of the common challenges of mankind, including the COVID-19, it is particularly necessary to strengthen global cooperation. As an important achievement of UK-China cooperation, the development of the Centre cannot be separated from the support of bilateral governments. The support of the British embassy is an important prerequisite for the cooperation and development of Cambridge University in China.
Mr. Myers said that it is one of the important roles of the Embassy to provide support and facilitating for the cooperation and exchanges between the UK and China in the fields including technological innovation, and jointly deal with a series of public issues facing the world. The Embassy will continue to support the development of the Centre as always. He introduced that the embassy currently focuses on sustainable development issues such as global health, climate change, and environmental protection, and its science and technology team mainly focuses on three aspects: AI and digital technology, life and health technology, and clean growth.
Professor Chu introduced the establishment, development, operation mode of the Centre, especially the progress of scientific research. Scientific research and innovation are the core functions of the Centre. In the face of global development challenges, the Centre currently focuses on four fields: biomedicine and health, ICTS and renewable energy, smart city and environmental protection, zero carbon and sustainable development. He emphasized that the focus of the Centre's scientific research is not on basic research, but on industrial application and achievement transformation as the goal. Specifically, the Centre is focusing on market-oriented R&D innovation. By leveraging the advanced technology of Cambridge University, focusing on the actual local needs of China, promoting the transformation of achievements according to local conditions, the Centre strives to explore the intellectual property operation mechanism suitable for the sustainable development of the Centre, so as to support and ensure the smooth development of technological innovation and entrepreneurial incubation, and ultimately achieve a win-win situation between Cambridge University's research results and China's actual industrial needs.
After the meeting, accompanied by Albert, the guests visited the Centre's exhibition hall to learn more about the Centre's focused areas, projects, operation mode, and Cambridge academic resources.