Navigating the Challenges of University Technology Transfer in China: Experiences and Solutions from Shenzhen

Southern University of Science and Technology

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This talk delves into the pivotal role of engineering teams in enhancing university technology transfer, particularly in the unique context of Shenzhen, a city renowned for its technological innovation and thriving SMEs. The discussion begins by identifying the typical challenges faced in university technology transfer in China, including cultural differences between academia and industry, mismatched expectations with VCs, and IP issues. It then shifts focus to the specific landscape of Shenzhen, highlighting how university engineering teams are instrumental in bridging the gap between university research and the practical needs of SMEs. These teams not only facilitate better alignment between academic research and industry requirements but also play a crucial role in navigating the complexities of IP management and fostering effective collaborations with VCs. The conclusion emphasizes the importance of a collaborative ecosystem involving universities, industry, VCs, and engineering teams, advocating for this approach as a means to optimize technology transfer processes. The talk aims to provide insights and encourage a broader discussion on the integration of engineering teams in the technology transfer landscape, drawing from the experiences and successes of Shenzhen's dynamic environment. 

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Zhaoyuan Ma

Prof. Zhaoyuan Ma

  • Fellow of Institute of Physics, UK. 
  • In 2009 he was titled the Hundred-Talent Professor in Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 
  • In 2016 he became the professor of intelligent manufacturing at the University of Sheffield, UK. 
  • In 2018 he joined the Future Lab of Tsinghua University as the chief PI. 
  • In 2020 he was promoted as the Assistant Dean of Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School. 
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