ECNU and Midea sign a comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement

2021-10-26

  

On October 8th, ECNU and Midea Group signed a comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement and thereby formally established their comprehensive strategic partnership. On the same day, the ECNU Midea Research Center was founded accordingly.

ECNU Midea Research Center was founded

The signing ceremony was attended by Mei Bing, Chairwoman of ECNU University Council; Qian Xuhong, President of ECNU; Lei Qili, Vice President of ECNU; Fang Hongbo, Chairman and President of Midea Group; and Liu Qianjin, President of Corporate Research Center.

Lei Qili, Vice President of ECNU, and Liu Qianjin, President of Corporate Research Center signed the comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement.

Within the framework of strategic cooperation between ECNU and Midea Group, the ECNU Midea Research Center will undertake China’s national strategy following in the aspects of scientific research, major projects, talent exchange and training, university-enterprise joint laboratory, university-enterprise joint curriculum, etc. Meanwhile, they hope to carry out in-depth cooperation that is both comprehensive and multi-dimensional.

In addition, the research center will explore an “industry-driven” innovation mechanism, in stages that attract global talents and innovative elements. Also exploring a mode of enhancing school-enterprise cooperation, the center will support industry development and promote scientific research capacity and talent training, all of which are focused on innovation.

Fang Hongbo, Chairman and President of Midea Group pointed out that all the four major research institutions of the Midea Research Center, including its Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, can cooperate closely with ECNU to achieve both the goal of academic research breakthroughs and one of the commercial industrialization promotions, such as establishing innovation parks.

“Thanks to the strong support offered by my alma mater, ECNU, this strategic cooperation agreement signed by Midea Research Center with the university is comprehensive and systematic,” said Chairman Fang of Midea Group. “It’s far beyond the breadth and depth of other cooperation between universities and scientific research institutions at home and abroad.”

In his speech, ECNU President Qian Xuhong stated that the signing of a comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement between ECNU and the Midea Research Center marks an important moment for ECNU’s 70th anniversary celebration. The inauguration of ECNU Midea Research Center, meanwhile, also marks a major milestone in ECNU’s long-term effort to explore comprehensive, in-depth and continuous cooperation with enterprises with the purpose to meet social needs and serve social development.

Qian Xuhong hopes that ECNU Midea Research Center will play a strong role in promoting mutual beneficial cooperation between ECNU and Midea Group. In the future, through innovative systems and platform mechanisms, both sides will make joint efforts at the requirements of high-tech frontier industries to explore, incubate and introduce a top team with global competitiveness, carry out tasks creatively and become a model of the research and development cooperation between universities and enterprises.

President of Corporate Research Center Liu Qianjin noted that ECNU and Midea Group will conduct long-term and in-depth cooperation in fields such as electronics and communications, artificial intelligence, green chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance, health care, precision manufacturing, big data and software. Significantly, this is the first time that Midea Group signed an all-round cooperation agreement with a higher education institution.

  

Author: Yuan Yiwei

Photo by Tian Bolan, Cao Anqi

Copy editor: Joshua Mayfield

Editor: Yuan Yiwei

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华东师范大学
East China Normal University