Jiaotong Daxue is pretty famous in China among professionals working on education fields as for those are into business community in China. A lot of white collars working for big companies in Shanghai got bachelor or master degree at Jiaotong Univ (university for technologies and communication studies)
I’ve been pretty sure that SJTU was looking for high level’s partners ‘cause universities in China (and also in most of eastern asia countries) are always really interested to strengthen own notoriety with agreements signed with foreign universities; the best for chinese university is represented by offering to their students opportuities of international exchanges, internship programmes and research activity boosted into specific twinning sessions with other centres or countries.
The recent news talk about important agreement between Shanghai & Sydney for the joint programme that introduce technical partnership of SJTU and University of New South Wales. According with speakers in representation of the two universities, this partnership represents a real connection for the realization of that we could consider as Asian Century!
That’s how Australia seems feeling like more asian country recently… in occasion of development of that they have definied “Asian Century”. (sure the history of immigration in Australia well identify the presence of chinese in the history of population boom of the country)
The partnership will include research and development’s activities for the implementation of adoption of Easy Access IP, that represents an innovative alternative adopted by UNSW comparing with usual US-centric model of patenting and research commercialisation. The twinning programme represented also the righ oportunity to create common fund to invest mutually in materials engineering, computer science and biotechnology.
Now, I think that our academies in Italy have already a lot to share concerning technology transfers, researches and IT tools and in the last decades we reached lot of improvement on this field (in particular biotechnology also and material egineering), but as we ‘re getting great results, at the same time we’re keeping high skepticism about chinese conduct on respecting our “discoveries”.
I think that everybody is working with chinese well knows that if you leave your counterpart free to get preminence ‘cause you don’t show any interest on cultivating the relation (in particular taking on it with formal and institutional approach) probably you’ll lose not only your face and credibility but also you’ll allow them to manage situations and contents on autocratic way.
Now, Milan Expo 2015 represents the prosecution of Shanghai Expo 2010.. so I don’t feel really comfortable with reading several news about joint – programmes (not only about academies but also for that concerns industries, funds, banking etc) signed between Shanghai and some new entries in the “chinese network” when we can assume something like a reasonable priority to show our potentiality and appeal in such issues. Sure it’s not a problem of City of Milan, but political systems and whole institutions should consider that their presence in direct confrontation with chinese partners is fundamental to get accepted according with well known rules of doing business in China…
Please I don’t want to introduce “guanxi” ‘s meanings anymore… right? I think that business relations between China and Italy are well structured and chinese community in our country is investing a lot also attending to our universities before going back to motherland and introduce such expertins on chinese market as well.. We should follow the australian way probably, where China is the biggest two-way trading partner due to its proximity as migrants from China jumped a fifth to nearly 30,000 out of Australia’s total annual intake of 168,685. They are skilled immigrants whom can deliver significant benefits as the Chinese immigrants contribute to economic growth and their relative youth offsets some of the impacts of an ageing labour force in Australia
Well done Sydney! We should imitate your vigorous approach on taking care such dynamics.
So.. Let’s start thinking widely and globally… or EXPO probably will lose the real function to aggregate skills and opportunities on making these skills concrete start for international relations