Zhejiang Lab

Accelerating Integration: Zhejiang Lab and Zhejiang University Start a New Chapter of Strategic Partnership

On the afternoon of March 24, CAS Academician Wu Zhaohui, President of Zhejiang University (ZJU) and Deputy Director of Zhejiang Lab’s Executive Council, visited Zhejiang Lab with his team to discuss the two sides’ strategic cooperation for the 14th Five-Year Plan. Other ZJU participants included Vice President Wang Lizhong, heads of the Policy Research Office, the Human Resources Department, the Talent Office, and the Sci-Tech Academy, as well as directors of four national key laboratories and deans of five colleges under the Faculty of Information Technology.

As one of Zhejiang Lab’s two pillars, ZJU has fully engaged in the development of the Lab since it was planned for construction, sparing no effort to support the growth of the Lab over the two years since its establishment. With a specially-recruited management team and coordinating team, the university has announced a number of policies to support the development of Zhejiang Lab. To facilitate the Lab’s development, it has completely shared the research strengths and talent resources of its Collaborative Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence, Frontier Research Center for Brain Science and Brain-Machine Integration, and four key laboratories with the Lab.

“Zhejiang University is an important force and powerful partner for Zhejiang Lab, playing a critical role in aspects such as identifying research areas, building research teams, carrying out joint research, and building joint platforms,” said Zhu Shiqiang, President of Zhejiang Lab and Vice President of ZJU. The Lab has a flexible talent recruitment and appointment mechanism that allows talent mobility. Decisions on positions, appointments, and team building are all made based on the needs of major research projects. Facilitated by such an innovative mechanism, the Lab has started close research cooperation with ZJU in various fields.

“To build a world-class laboratory, we must have outstanding scientific facilities,” said President Wu, “For our next step, we should focus our cooperation on the construction of scientific facilities, further identifying our research areas and accelerating the construction of relevant facilities. We should endeavor to build a worldwide reputable research facility for information science as soon as possible, paving the way for the future development of relevant disciplines and science professionals.”

Through the coordinating teams, the two sides will pick up speed to determine major projects for the 14th Five-Year Plan. Focusing on major tasks, the two sides will arrange and strengthen the research teams, explore effective mechanisms to transfer research outcomes, and create a culture encouraging cooperation and sharing. The strategic partnership between the two sides will be further deepened and consolidated to work towards a win-win result.