29 Sep 2012

Chinese delegation visits Newcastle Science City

Newcastle’s innovative work to promote and nurture scientific excellence regularly attracts world-wide attention.

A Chinese delegation of 20 managing officers from the Beijing Shijingshan District recently descended on the city to learn from its valuable experience in developing science parks, commercialising technology and establishing worldwide business services.

As part of a course specifically designed by Northumbria University to provide practical knowledge and information, the group of civil servants visited Newcastle Science City to find out about the vision for an exciting new scientific community on the Science Central site.

The delegation also heard how Newcastle Science City is hard at work creating the demand for the site ahead of its construction by creating new businesses, developing skills and educating the next generation of scientists.

Mr Cai Li Quan, leader of the delegation said: “During the trip we learned many new ideas regarding science park construction, this included day-to-day work, models, and different methods of working in terms of how to successfully manage the development of a science park. All of this was very inspirational to us.”

The visit to Newcastle Science City formed a core part of the four-day training course at the university, providing an example of the successful commercialisation of science and technology.

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