'China Intellectual Valley' – Ulm/Neu-Ulm Educational and Economic Region supports Chinese vision of the future

Neu-Ulm, 01.06.2016

TechCity, an industrial and science park in Sanhe City near Beijing in China, is scheduled to be up and running in 10 years. This innovative project for the future is actively supported by the Ulm/Neu-Ulm Educational and Economic Region. Prominent representatives from China signed cooperation agreements with HNU, the Ulm Innovation Region and the Association of Baden-Württemberg Technology and Incubation Centres.

Representatives of the region agreed on further cooperation with representatives from China. (Photo: Jürgen Werner)

From 2025 onwards, highly-qualified experts will develop high-tech solutions and implement them in the form of environmentally and economically innovative products and services at TechCity, the site of which covers an area of 32 square kilometres near the city of Sanhe. Residential and educational facilities are also planned in addition to the production and development sites. Accompanied by Ulm Mayor Gunter Czisch, Professor Uta M. Feser, President of the HNU, Uschi Knapp, Managing Director of the Innovation Region, Ulrike Hudelmaier, Board Member of the Association of Baden-Württemberg Technology and Incubation Centres, and well-known representatives from Sanhe and TechCity agreed on a continued cooperation within the framework of the project at Castle Vöhlin Seminar Centre. The German and Chinese partners will exchange information and ideas and bring their individual skills to the project.

From left to right: Zhanshan HAN, Party Secretary of Sanhe City Committee, Professor Uta M. Feser, HNU President, and Mayor Gunter Czisch. (Photo: Jürgen Werner)

"This partnership is a tremendous asset for the HNU, which provides its students with practical education to help them become business professionals and managers through the transfer of scientific and business knowledge. The agreement gives fresh impetus to the practice-oriented education and exchange of information with China and will benefit the entire innovation region," said Professor Uta M. Feser, President of the HNU. Mayor Gunter Czisch also saw great potential in the innovation partnership: "Partnerships are active, transforming ideas into products."

Following the signing of the agreement, the delegation was received by Undersecretary Ulrich Konstantin Rieger and representatives from the fields of industry and research at a function in Munich hosted by the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology. Professor Ulrike Reisach, HNU China representative, presented the agreements signed in Illertissen and emphasised HNU's interest in research cooperation in the fields of energy, environment, automotive technologies and logistics.

Present at the signing of the agreement:

Zhanshan HAN, Party Secretary of the Sanhe City Committee, Daqing Lei, Deputy Director of the Sanhe Yanjiao Hi-Tech Zone, Kerong Shi, CEO of the Sanhe Hopefull Grain and Oil Group Ltd, Yuhua WU, member of the Shanghai Municipal Parliament and the Consultative Conference of the Chinese people and the President of the China Intellectual Valley S&T City, Professor Uta M. Feser, HNU President, Uschi Knapp, Managing Director of the Innovation Region, Ulrike Hudelmaier, Board Member of the Association of Baden-Württemberg Technology and Incubation Centres, and Gunter Czisch, Mayor of Ulm.

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