A delegation from China will be visiting the University of Plymouth and the Tamar Science Park on a United Nations-sponsored fact-finding mission next week.
The group, from the Deyang Municipal Government, will be exploring both the city and the potential for mutually beneficial relationships in areas such as investment, strategic alliances, knowledge transfer and academic exchanges.
Deyang is located in the West of China, and has one of the fastest developing economic areas in the country. With a population of 3.8 million people, and with vast mineral and energy resources, the city’s delegation will be paying particular attention to Plymouth’s pedigree in research and sustainable development, renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, materials and engineering.
Professor Julian Beer, Director of Research and Enterprise, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, said: “This is a tremendously exciting visit and demonstrates that Plymouth’s reputation now extends around the world. It is fantastic opportunity for us to bring sustainable benefit to both their developing economy and our local one.
“Deyang’s economic strategy fits with many of our areas of expertise, and they are keen to understand the knowledge and technology transfer processes that we enjoy with the Tamar Science Park and incorporate that best practice into their own partnerships.”
Among the delegates will be both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Deyang’s Municipal Government and China’s representative on the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation Investment and Technology Promotion Office – the organisers of the event.
On Tuesday 17 November, they will meet representatives from the University’s Enterprise Solutions team, who run the Formation Zone and Formation2.0 business incubation centres. They will also be given a tour of some of the institution’s centres of excellence in areas such as robotics, advanced composite materials and marine technology.
The group will then move onto the Tamar Science Park where they will learn about the businesses who operate there, and have the opportunity to meet the entrepreneurs behind the likes of Eco FS Ltd, Argans Ltd and the Architects Design Group Ltd.
Nigel Halford, Chief Executive of Tamar Science Park, commented: “Tamar Science Park has, since 2003, enjoyed a long relationship with a number of science and technology parks throughout China and we are extremely pleased to be supporting the University of Plymouth in this opportunity to build reciprocal links with Deyang.
“The Deyang Municipal Government is very interested in the technological, medical and manufacturing aspects of our client businesses and we will be introducing them to a number of organisations during their visit to the Park. This is a real chance for Plymouth to widen its networks and work with overseas businesses.”