SPI to enhance its key role in EU-China STI Cooperation

01 November 2013

SPI has recently concluded a fact-finding mission to China as part of a team of experts under the “Science,Technology and Innovation Performance in China (STI China)” project funded by the European Commission. 

The mission, organized by SPI and supported by its partners (the United Nations University, the Maastricht University UNU-MERIT and the Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH – AIT) aimed to identify and analyse main trends in policy-making and funding opportunities for STI development in China, as well as to analyse China's international strategies concerning STI. 

As part of the mission, SPI visited the most important STI epicentres - including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai - and met with key stakeholders with the view to better understand the situation and change concerning STI in China. The stakeholders interviewed included representatives of EU Member States Embassies in China, chambers of commerce, universities, private enterprises, science parks, business incubators. 

The results of the mission will be integrated and contribute to the development of the EU cooperation strategies with the Chinese research and industrial communities.