Tsinghua SIGS establishes Innovation & Entrepreneurship Education Alliance of Shenzhen

On July 14, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School (Tsinghua SIGS) held the online launching ceremony of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Education Alliance of Shenzhen. Over 130 representatives from 17 higher education institutions in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) participated in the event, witnessing a new stage of cooperation among universities in Shenzhen. Following the launch, the graduation ceremony of the Tsinghua i-Space Innovation Camp was held, and an Innovation Challenge focusing on epidemic prevention also kicked off.


Launching ceremony of the Alliance

Xu Jianling, Deputy Director of the Shenzhen Education Bureau said in his address that the establishment of the alliance is of great significance to universities in Shenzhen. It will help explore new models of innovation and entrepreneurship education, promote the co-creation and sharing of resources, and nurture high-caliber innovative and entrepreneurial talents. He looks forward to the addition of other universities, research institutes and enterprises to the alliance in the future.

Gao Hong, Executive Dean of Tsinghua SIGS, expressed hopes to work together to lead the development of innovation and entrepreneurship education in Shenzhen. By carrying out a variety of educational activities, the alliance will promote international and domestic exchanges in innovation and entrepreneurship education, and strengthen cooperation in the Greater Bay Area.

Initiated by Tsinghua SIGS, the graduate school will serve as chair of the alliance. Currently, it is made up of 12 member schools, including Tsinghua SIGS, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen University, Southern University of Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, Shenzhen MSU-BIT University, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, Georgia Tech Shenzhen Institute, Tianjin University, Shenzhen Polytechnic, Shenzhen Institute of Information Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University Shenzhen Research Institute, and Shenzhen University Town Management Office.


Guests at the launching ceremony

The graduation ceremony of the 2020 Tsinghua i-Space Innovation Camp was also held as the inaugural event of the alliance. This year, the innovation camp has expanded in size, with 75 participants from 17 higher education institutions in the Greater Bay Area. In the past two months, participants formed 12 startup teams and developed solutions to real-life challenges. Teams presented business plans for their projects such as an intelligent robot that cleans air conditioner ducts, an AI virtual companion that targets mental health issues among university students and a rehabilitation assistant for prevention of cerebral strokes.


Participants of the Tsinghua i-Space Innovation Camp


Teams presented their innovative projects

Following the graduation ceremony,  the Tsinghua i-Space Innovation Challenge kicked off online. As the second event of the alliance, the competition aims to stimulate social responsibility and innovation among students to address concerns in epidemic prevention and control. Concerns regarding distribution of supplies, elderly health, mental health in the pandemic and others will be addressed further on in the competition.

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Education Alliance of Shenzhen will strive to create synergies and join hands with the society and higher education institutes in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area to explore new models of innovation and entrepreneurship education. It will also consolidate resources and pave the way for the formation of an open ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship.





Photos by Han Chun

Edited by Karen Lee