2nd webinar of EU-China Innovation series [October, 18]

Welcome to the 2nd webinar of the EU-China Innovation series on October, 18! The webinar is jointly organised with Lise Meitner Research Group, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

Towards a New Model of EU-China Innovation Cooperation: Bridging Missing Links Between International University Collaboration and International Industry Collaboration

Time: 18, October, 2022 at 11.00-12.30 (Helsinki time)/16.00-17.30 Beijing time

Recording of the lecture

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Speaker: Dr. Yuzhuo Cai, Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at the Higher Education Group (HEG), Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, Finland

Moderator/discussant: Dr. Anna Lisa Ahlers, Lise Meitner Research Group “China in the Global System of Science”, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin

“My lecture is based on a recent article of the same title that I have recently published in Technovation. In light of the shifting balance of challenges and opportunities presented by China to the EU, I propose a new model of EU-China cooperation in science, technology and innovation. The model requires bridging and hidden links between EU-China university collaboration and EU-China industry collaboration. Although the interviews on which my research is based were conducted during 2017-2018 before dramatic changes in EU-China relations took place, I used the best practices discovered from my empirical investigations to forecast a pragmatic and sustainable model of EU-China innovation cooperation. When developing the model, for instance, EU-China university collaboration could contribute to EU-China industry collaboration and, therefore, to the development of EU-China transnational university-industry co-innovation networks by: 1) Matching suitable industrial partners, 2) Building trust between them, 3) Giving industrial actors access to new resources, (4) enhancing the reputations of international companies in their cooperation countries, and (5) creating innovative business collaboration models.”

Recommended Readings:

Cai, Y. (2022). Towards a new model of EU-China innovation cooperation: Bridging missing links between international university collaboration and international industry collaboration. Technovation. doi:10.1016/j.technovation.2022.102553

Dr. Yuzhuo Cai is Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at the Higher Education Group (HEG), Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, Finland. He has been with the HEG for 20 years and was the Acting Professor of the unit from August 2013 to July 2014. He is the Director of Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre, a network organisation involving over 20 Chinese and Finnish universities, and the Deputy Director of Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation (TRANSIT), an interdisciplinary research centre spanning three faculties at Tampere University. He is also in the coordination group of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Research Tampere Network and the coordination group of Think Tank for China, SGroup Universities in Europe. He is Editor-in-Chief of Triple Helix, Co-Editor of Journal of Studies in International Education and Topic Editor of Sustainability. His main interests are in higher education research and innovation studies, focusing on interactions between higher education and society. He has published around 150 peer-reviewed publications in these fields, including those in top/leading journals, such as Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, International Journal of Management Reviews, Technovation, Minerva, Science and Public Policy, European Planning Studies and Scientometrics.

Dr. Anna Lisa Ahlers is head of the Lise Meitner Research Group » China in the Global System of Science« at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. A sinologist and political scientist by training, her research areas include Chinese local governance and administrative reforms, the interactions of science and scholarship and the political regime in China, as well as the comparative analysis of modern political regimes. She is a member of the Young Academy of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities & the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and part of the editorial team of the ‘Journal of Chinese Governance’.


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