Prospects of academic cooperation between Austria and China

Informal Exchange in Vienna

On Monday 22 January, the director of OSTA (Office of Science and Technology Austria), Mr Philipp Agathonos met the Rector of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Ms Elisabeth Freismuth, who coordinates the China activities of the Conference of Austrian Universities, at OeAD (Austrian Exchange Service) Office in Vienna. After having exchanged prospects on a more active participation of the leadership of Austrian Universities in academic cooperation between Austria and China, they both joined the informal meeting at the same venue with the visiting president of Fudan University Shanghai, Ningsheng Xu, the OeAD’s director general Stefan Zotti, and the head of the OeAD Cooperation Office in Shanghai, Alexandra Wagner.

 

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OSTA’s new year reception

2018 starts with large gathering at the Austrian embassy

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos gave an opening speech on the new year reception

On 16 January 2018, OSTA (Office of Science and Technology) successfully held the new year reception at the Austrian Embassy Beijing. The reception was opened by the host Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology, director of OSTA and HE Ambassador Friedrich Stift with sincere greetings to over 100 guests from EU Delegation, other EU-Embassies and partners from near and far such as CCUD (China Center of Urban Development), MOT (Ministry of Transport), CGS (China Geological Survey), EUPIC (EU Project Innovation Centre) Chengdu and Qingdao, ZJST (Science and Technology Department of Province Zhejiang),  representives from Tsinghua University, Peking University etc. and many Alumni of Austrian academic institutions.

All guests enjoyed the Austrian hospitality and the networking opportunities offered by the great variety of experts present.

 

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EU-China Research and Innovation Tour comes successfully in Suzhou to an end

Further opportunities for science and technology cooperation with Austria

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos held a speech about the current and potential cooperation with Austria in Hefei

After the launch of the EU-China Research and Innovation Tour at the Italian Embassy on 27th October 2017 in Beijing and the station on 1st November 2017 in Hangzhou, the Tour continued its track further to Shenzhen, Changsha, Wuhan, Hefei, Shanghai and ended on 1st December successfully in Suzhou. Representatives from the EU Delegation, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Croatia attended the events. They introduced their current situation on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for bilateral cooperation with China.

In Hefei station Austria was represented by OSTA Director Minister Plenipotentiary, Mr Philipp Agathonos. Max Pfeiler covered all other stations. They held speeches presenting the current and potential S&T cooperation between China and Austria. In Hefei Prof. Kai CHEN, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), a collaborator of Austria’s most prominent Chinese alumnus, Prof. Jianwei PAN, gave a testimonial on cooperation in field of quantum communication following the speech of Mr Agathonos.

The EU-China Research and Innovation Tour received great responses from local S&T departments and created more opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation with a variety of covering areas in the promising future.

 

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2017 China-Europe Research and Innovation Tour in Hangzhou

Presenting possibilities for science and technology cooperation with Austria

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Photo: Max Pfeiler held a speech about the potential cooperation with Austria

On 1 November 2017, the second station of the EU-China Research and Innovation Tour 2017 was held at Hangzhou Dianzi University in Hangzhou, Province Zhejiang. Staff of OSTA, Mr Max Pfeiler, as well as representatives from the EU Delegation, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Spain attended the event. They introduced their current situation on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for bilateral cooperation with China.

Chinese representatives, such as Mr. WANG Jian, Deputy Director of Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Department, Mr. DONG Keqin, Director of the Division for European Affairs of MOST, Mr. ZHU Zefei, President of Hangzhou Dianzi University, participated actively in the event and announced their willingness to accelerate the EU-China cooperation activities.

 

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Austrian Science and Technology Days in Chengdu 2017

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Photo: Group Photo

OSTA organized on October 11 and 12 the Austrian Science & Technology Days in Chengdu. The days, which were organized with the support of the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC) for the first time within the framework of the Tecxport programme of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in collaboration with the city of Chengdu and the Province of Sichuan, were opened by the Ambassador of Austria to China Mr Friedrich Stift.

Gernot Grimm (General Director in the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology), Philipp Agathonos (Director of OSTA), Christian Frey (Director at the FFG), Xuehua CHEN (Deputy Director-General of the S&T Department of Sichuan Province), Fuyi XU (Vice-Party Secretary of the Chengdu Industrial Hi-Tech Development Zone Work Group) and Tao LIN (Department Manager of the Chengdu Industrial Hi-Tech Development Zone Administrative Committee) played an active role on the first day, which was dedicated to presentations of Austrian technologies by Austrian research institutes and companies (ATC, AIT, SWARCO, MUT and Doppelmayr) in the areas of urban transport, waste management and geological disaster prevention. The presentations were followed by intense discussions between the two sides and marked out the high potential for concrete project-based cooperation.

In the evening the delegation visited the future HQ of EUPIC and attended a reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), which was hosting an exhibition by Austrian and Chinese contemporary artists. The event was attended by more than twenty provincial and city government officials of Chengdu and the Province of Sichuan as well as representatives of the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone and relevant universities.

On October 12 HE Ambassador Friedrich Stift met with the CPC party leader of the city of Chengdu, Ruiping FAN, and the vice-governor of Sichuan province, Hexin ZHU and had an open and constructive dialogue.

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OSTA visits the Xi’an University of Architecture and the Technology and Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an

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Photo:OSTA visited the Northwestern Polytechnical University

On 10th October 2017 a delegation from OSTA leaded by Philipp Agathonos (Director of OSTA) visited the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology and the Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an in preparation for further joint programs and cooperation between them and Austrian higher education institutions.

After a guided tour through the local museum of the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology and the historical collection of construction models OSTA presented the potential of possible cooperation between Austrian and Chinese universities and research facilities. Dean DUAN Degang of the university replied with a presentation of the university, pointing out their importance for Chinese architectural development and their interest into cooperation with foreign Universities.

In the afternoon the delegation accompanied by Dr. Mariella C. Remund, Guest Professor Northwestern Polytechnic University Xian, was cordially welcomed by vice-president Zhang Weihong to the Northwestern Polytechnical University. After a short introduction by Philipp Agathonos about OSTAs tasks and goals the university representatives presented the main research fields of the university pointing out a current cooperation with the Montanuniversität Leoben.

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Taking part of the Global Innovation Entrepreneurship Fair in Chengdu

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos, Dietmar Schweisgut, Gernot Grimm, Birgit Murr, Segree Dai, Marcus Ullmann

10 May 2017- From 10. to 12. May an Austrian delegation led by Dr. Gernot Grimm, head of staff group for technology transfer and security research, Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Technology and Transport (BMVIT), and Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Director of OSTA, attended the Global Innovation Entrepreneurship Fair in Chengdu.

On 10. May the delegation attended the GIEF opening ceremony and subsequently visited the new Business and Innovation Center, where they took part at the opening ceremony organised by EUPIC in the presence of the party Chairman in Chengdu Mr. Fan and EU Ambassador Mr. Schweisgut. In the afternoon the delegation attended the International Seminar on Intellectual Property and Urban Development, organised by the S&T Department Chengdu. In parallel, Mr. Agathonos paid a visit to the South West Transportation University, one of the top level Universities in China.

On 11. May the Delegation attended the World Future Technology Forum of S&T Department Chengdu and had a meeting with representatives of DRC and S&T Department Chengdu.

On the last day of this Chengdu trip the delegation attended the Belt and Road Summit, on which Dr. Grimm gave a startling speech on the summit. On the same day Mr. Agathonos attended the startup Event “Slush” as a guest of Mayor’s Assistant of Chengdu, Mr. HAN, and participated at the inaugural panel discussion on start-up promotion.

This visit laid the foundations of a deeper cooperation between Austria and Chengdu in the fields of Science and Technology.

 

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BMVIT delegation visits Smart City experts in Hong Kong and Guangzhou

Exchanging concepts for smart city development

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Photo: Robert Schwertner, Philipp Agathonos, Alexander Unkart, Yang Jun, Zeng Lu, Max Pfeiler, Chen Yongfen at GDST

9 December 2016 – From 5 to 9 December, a delegation led by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) met “Smart City”-stakeholders from Chinese universities, research institutes and government agencies. Alexander Unkart (BMVIT), Dr. Emmanuel Glenck and Robert Schwertner (both FFG), as well as representatives from the Austrian Consulate General in Guangzhou and Hong Kong and Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Max Pfeiler (both OSTA), had lively discussions and on-site visits at the Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Guangzhou Smart City Research Institute, Guangdong Provincial Academy of Building Research Group, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIEC) and the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation (GIUI).

The delegation visit culminated in the signing of an agreement between FFG and Guangdong Science and Technology Department (GDST).

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Students from Upper Austria visit Partner University in Beijing

A double-degree Master program in “global sales and marketing” between FH OÖ and UIBE was established in 2015

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Photo: Robert Füreder, Margarethe Überwimmer, Arnold Obermayr, Peter Schintlmeister and Philipp Agathonos with the students

12 October 2016 – Almost 40 students of global sales and marketing at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH OÖ) visited Beijing from 9-15 October 2016. The study trip took place within the framework of the double-degree Master program which was established between FH OÖ and University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing in March 2015.

The students were warmly welcomed at the premises of the Austrian Embassy by Arnold Obermayr, Cultural Counsellor and head of the cultural forum on 12 October. Science Counsellor and director of OSTA, Peter Schintlmeister, provided knowledge and insights into the S&T landscape of China, followed by a lively discussion with the students.

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Extending Sino-Austrian cooperation in Lymphedema Therapy

The Zhejiang Cancer Hospital in Hangzhou held a seminar together with Lohmann & Rauscher 

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Photo: Georg Votava explains European health care management

25 June 2016 – At the opening ceremony of the two days seminar on lymphedema therapy, organized by the Zhejiang Cancer Hospital in Hangzhou, the general manager of Lohmann & Rauscher China, Mr. Georg Votava, and expert on wound management, Dr. Thomas Eberlein, explained the European university course “complex decongestive therapy” and gave insight into the health care system in Austria. The education and training seminar was attended by medical doctors, nurses and researchers from Chinese hospitals. Within the network of the Institute for technology-based Education in Health, Management and Social Service International (IHM), which combines several Austrian and European ministries, as well as Austrian and international research institutes and universities of applied sciences, Lohmann & Rauscher work together with Chinese partners to establish vocational training courses such as “lymphedema therapist” and “train the trainer” in China. OSTA delivered greetings to the audience.

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