Promoting Knowledge Transfer in Shenzhen's Nanshan District: Models, Implications and Challenges

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Since September 2014, Chinese central government has been proactively promoting “mass innovation and entrepreneurship”. This initiative aims not just to solve economic slow-down but also work as a solution to China’s intensifying social problems such as aging society and youth unemployment or underemployment. A core component of promoting innovation and entrepreneurship is to encourage knowledge transfer from research institutions to industries. As the pilot site for central government’s new policies and the most innovative city in China, Shenzhen has been providing valuable models and experiences for other cities. The paper reviews policies and new systems developed in Shenzhen’s Nanshan District for promoting knowledge transfer from research institutions to industries. It argues there are three key components in Nanshan model: government policies, special service system and finance system for science and technology transfer.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2018
EventThe IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research - Hong Kong: Innovation Entrepreneurship and Value - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 19 Oct 201821 Oct 2018


ConferenceThe IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research - Hong Kong
Abbreviated titleCHER-HongKong2018
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
OtherIn recent years, governments in East Asia have called for a university-industry-business collaboration to support innovation and entrepreneurship. With the growing importance of technology advancement and its potential impact on social and economic changes, different strategies have been adopted to promote a smart city, innovation and entrepreneurship across different countries. The IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research – Hong Kong (CHER-HongKong) sets out against the wider political economy context to examine how governments, universities, industries and businesses, and the community at large in Asia, work together to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship not only for reasons of economic growth, but also for social development and cultural enhancement.

The HKSAR Government has realised that innovation, information and technology, and entrepreneurship are important drivers for new economic growth. Thus, the HKSAR has proactively supported innovation and creativity for economic development and knowledge transfer activities. In order to capture the development opportunities given by the Big Bay Area in South China and the strategic development directions under the “Belt and Road Initiatives” rolled out by the Chinese Government, the HKSAR Government has actively called the university sector to engage with the industries and businesses, as well as the local, regional and international community to work together to promote innovation-centric entrepreneurship. The Conference organised in Hong Kong against the regional development context outlined above will provide stimulating conversations and dialogues for conference participants.

This conference offers the international platform for higher education researchers, senior university administrators, government officials, policy analysts, and professionals working across industries and education to explore new strategies/measures in support of innovation-centric entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, this conference also engages presenters and participants to examine policy, management and governance, ethical and value issues when promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and value.
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