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Four Innovation Main Platforms

source:Anhui, China 2018 release date:2018/07/16 hits:432

One Center: Hefei Comprehensive National Science Center

The construction of Hefei Comprehensive National Science Center was approved by National Commission of Development and Reform, and National Ministry of Science and Technology on January 10, 2017. It is the second comprehensive national science center in China, following Shanghai’s Zhangjiang Comprehensive National Science Center, and also the first national innovation platform in the central and western regions of China. Comprehensive national science centers are regarded as an important symbol of a country’s strength in scientific and technological power. Construction of the Hefei comprehensive national science center is a milestone in the history of Anhui. It indicates that Anhui has become an increasingly important player on the global stage of scientific and technological competition and cooperation representing its country.

Over the past year, people from all walks of life in the province have put a lot of efforts to promote the construction of Hefei Comprehensive National Science Center. Great achievements have been made. They include the achievements as follows: launch of the quantum science experimental satellite “Micius” that beats distance record for quantum entanglement (it means Chinese researchers have for the first time ever sent entangled photons from space to ground stations on Earth), the operation of the world’s first quantum-encrypted fiber optic trunk cable “Beijing Shanghai Trunk Line,” the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) fusion device making a 102-second long pulse plasma discharge at over the central electron temperature of 50 million degrees, the longest plasma discharge time recorded in all the Tokamak fusion devices in the world, construction of the Steady High Magnetic Field Facility has been completed which is the world’s second 40-tesla-level hybrid magnet, achieving a major breakthrough of China’s steady high magnetic technology. The full energy injection of the synchrotron radiation device has reached the highest level of the international low energy light source.


One Town: Hefei Binhu Science Town (Hefei Binhu New Area)

Drawing on the advanced international ideas and inviting international first-class design agencies and design experts to make plans, the Binhu Science City Planning and Construction will become a world class science town. It will be the research and development district and grow out of research cluster with more condensed scientific elements, more active innovation and entrepreneurship, more complete living facilities and more beautiful eco-friendly environment. The core of the science town will be National Laboratory of Quantum Information Science and National Laboratory of New Energy. It is planned to construct the core area of national laboratories, cluster of mega-science facilities, education and research area and scientific achievements transferring area. Over the next few years, a number of national laboratories, mega-science facilities and frontier research platforms of cross-disciplines will spring up in this region, which has a high concentration of innovation elements such as technologies, capitals and talents. The science town will become an important carrier and window for image display as it is home to Hefei Comprehensive National Science Center.


One Zone: National Hefei-Wuhu-Bengbu Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone

On June 8, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang hosted the State Council’s executive meeting and decided to build national Hefei-Wuhu-Bengbu Innovation Demonstration Zone to encourage innovation, as the country seeks to foster new engines for growth. On June 16, the State Council issued the “Reply on the Approval of the Construction of National Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone in the National High Tech Zones of Hefei, Wuhu and Bengbu”. In accordance with the spirit of the State Council, the People’s Government of Anhui Province issued the “Implementation Plan for the Construction of the National Hefei-Wuhu-Bengbu Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone”.

Top authorities of Anhui Province attach great importance to the experimental and pioneering role of National Hefei-Wuhu-Bengbu Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone. It deems the zone as a strategic platform to promote the “Five Major Development Action Plan” of Anhui, and adheres to the initiative of deepening the reform of the institutional mechanism as the driving force to promote the innovation and development of National Hefei-Wuhu-Bengbu Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone. Anhui vowed to cut red tape and provide better services to the development zone, making it better serve the province’s economic rebalancing drive.

In 2017, the regional GDP of National Hefei-Wuhu-Bengbu Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone is expected to achieve 143 billion yuan with general budgetary revenue of and 23 billion yuan. The output value and value-added of the high-tech industry will be increased by 15.3 percent and 13.6 percent respectively compared with the same period of the previous year. There are 1,164 high-tech enterprises, 27 national public makerspaces and incubators, and 8,079 newly registered enterprises. In addition, 7,972 pieces of invention patents were authorized, accounting for 64 percent of the province’s total, and 19.8 patents have been invented; the output technology contract turnover is 21 billion 495 million yuan and the contract turnover is 17 billion 298 million yuan. The patents per annum for each 10,000 heads of population reached to 19.8. The export value of technological contracts of all types reached 21.495 billion yuan. The import value of technological contracts of all types reached 17.298 billion yuan.


One Province: Systematically Promoting the Construction of a Pilot Province of Comprehensive Innovation and Reform

In May 2015, the CPC Central Committee and the State Council decided to promotes pilot programs of comprehensive innovation and reform in eight provinces or regions in the next three years. In June 2016, the State Council approved the implementation plan of Anhui Province. Since the implementation of “comprehensive innovation and reform”, a series of reform achievements have been achieved in the fields of enlarging the administrative autonomy of colleges and universities, innovating the talents management mechanism, guiding and enhancing the innovation capacity of enterprises and raising the financial support for science and technology.

By the end of 2017, overall progress has been made relating to the 76 tasks. Of which, 50 tasks have been basically completed, accounting for two thirds of the total task volumes. In the summary report of the pilot reform submitted to the central government, the two reform measures of “academic or professional tenure in institutions” and “wage incentive mechanism for staff in institutions” as well as three reform measures of the first trial patent pledge financing, encouraging foreign students to start employment in China, streamlining the application procedures of work permit for foreigners who come to China and the permanent residence application, have been included by the State Council in the first 13 experiences to be promoted nationwide.

On the whole, the “comprehensive innovation and reform” has created positive effects: the initiative of various innovation in the institutions of higher learning, scientific research institutes and enterprises continued to be enhanced; the willingness and enthusiasm of high-caliber talented professionals at home and abroad coming to Anhui for innovation and entrepreneurship continued to rise; the support of financial services for innovation of scientific and technological innovation continued to be enhancement; the society’s attention and support for the “comprehensive innovation and reform” work continued to be strengthened.

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