The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Singapore Ministry of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding on innovation and entrepreneurship cooperation in Singapore this mid-July.

Zhang Jie, vice-president of CAS (R), meets with Ong Ye Kung, Education Minister of Singapore in mid-July. (Image from Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS)

Under the MOU’s framework, CAS-affiliated universities, research institutes and enterprises can cooperate and exchange personnel with Singapore’s top schools.

Zhang Jie, vice-president of CAS, signed the MOU and attended the Future China Global Forum. At the forum’s opening ceremony, he delivered a speech on “Strengthening Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation: Making the Belt and Road a Road of Innovation”, which was well received by the thousands of attendees.

Zhang also outlined China’s rapid development in science and technology in recent years and the academy’s international cooperative projects.

The academy’s action plan on Belt and Road international S&T cooperation, according to Zhang, is to set up a special platform, mechanism and network and to create a community of science and innovation.

The community can cope with common regional challenges together, including climate change, protection of biodiversity in a weak ecosystem, food security, control and prevention of abrupt and emerging contagions, and disaster risk assessment and control.

And through wide and deep collaboration, it can make the Belt and Road a road of innovation.

During his visit to Singapore, Zhang arranged a two-hour meeting with about 100 Chinese students, who were encouraged to return to their home country and serve it in different ways to realize  the China Dream and the goals of a science and technology superpower.

Source: Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS

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