The unveiling ceremony of the UIC Industrial-University Research Collaboration Centre was held in the Zhuhai National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone on 13 November. Secretary of the CPC Committee of the Hi-tech Zone, Mr Su Hu, and the President of UIC, Prof Tang Tao, jointly unveiled the centre.

Earlier on that day, President Tang participated in the inauguration ceremony of the Integrated Circuit Industry Development Office of Zhuhai Hi-Tech Zone, following this President Tang was then appointed as a distinguished expert.


Mr Su Hu (left) and President Tang Tao (right) unveiling the centre

Mr Su delivered a speech at the inauguration ceremony of UIC Industrial-University Research Collaboration Centre. He said that the centre aims to form a four-in-one unit of universities, centres, industries and talents, which will support each other with development and promoting breakthroughs in technological innovation and improvement of teaching practices.


Mr Su Hu giving a speech

UIC has been involved in the development of the hi-tech zone for the past 15 years. The college has achieved outstanding achievements and has a substantial development momentum. Mr Su sincerely hopes that the centre can take advantage of UIC's benefits to seize the development opportunities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

President Tang Tao explained that the official establishment of the Centre is to effectively transform the scientific research advantages of universities into the industrial benefits of enterprises. Also, the centre will help to undertake and expand a broader range of industry-university-research cooperation projects in artificial intelligence, big data, cultural and creative technology, etc., in addition to promoting the development of smart industries and social progress.


President Tang went into more detail but saying that UIC received 550 mu of land from the municipal government this year, and will build the second-phase campus. The college will continue to use projects as opportunities to promote further innovation, develop key disciplines, and introduce high-end talents.


The Centre was prepared to set up in September 2019. To achieve and accelerate the transformation of industry-university integration, UIC also established a company to operate and manage various services.



Over the past year, the Centre has gradually established a technological transformation platform with enterprises as the main body. The centre recruited more than ten domestic and foreign experts and professors, in addition to investors with a wealth of financing experience in many industries to help with scientific research and project implementation.

As of the third quarter of this year, more than ten companies have been incubated at the centre, covering many fields such as artificial intelligence, biomedicine, creative culture, and the Internet of Things. The industries involved include computational mathematics, education informatisation, knowledge payment, medical imaging, molecular diagnosis, medical cosmetology and three-dimensional vision. It has successfully declared a total of 16 intellectual property rights for incubating enterprises and has attracted a total of more than 21 million yuan in financing.

Relying on the strong support of Zhuhai Hi-tech Zone for technological innovation, combined with the academic foundation of UIC, and the enthusiasm and hard work of many outstanding UIC graduates, the centre has gradually obtained cooperation invitations from exceptional enterprises in the industry, as well as attention from high-quality entrepreneurial teams and projects.


There are more than ten enterprises in the Centre


UIC Provost Prof Chen Zhi attends the event


Integrated Circuit Industry Development Office

On the same day, the inaugural meeting of Zhuhai Hi-tech Zone Integrated Circuit Industry Development Office and the Hi-tech Zone Integrated Circuit Industry Development Forum was also held in the Science and Technology Innovation Exhibition Hall of Zhuhai Hi-tech Zone.

Secretary of the CPC Committee of the Hi-tech Zone, Mr Su Hu; Deputy Director of the Municipal Bureau of Industry and Information Technology, Mr Fu Zhi; member of the Hi-tech Zone CPC Committee and Deputy Director of the Management Committee, Zhang Jinghua; and President of UIC, Prof Tang Tao, jointly unveiled the IC Industry Development Office. President Tang was hired as a distinguished expert of the Office.


(From left) Mr Fu Zhi, Mr Su Hu, Prof Tang Tao and Zhang Jinghua unveil the IC Industry Development Office


President Tang and others are hired as experts of the Integrated Circuit Industry Development Office

At the forum, President Tang also gave a speech about the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence chips. He deeply analysed the current status of artificial intelligence chips and the opportunities and challenges they face. President Tang visually presented the existing mainstream AI chip architecture as well as sharing about UIC's development in teaching and research in the field of artificial intelligence.


President Tang speaks about the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence chips


Editors: Samuel Burgess, Deen He, Zhang Fan