On Tuesday, September 25th 2018, Professor Dr. Thomas Hirth, KIT Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, and Professor Liu Qing, President of the Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI), signed a joined project management agreement between both institutions. The contract aims at developing a concept for the establishment and operation of an Environmental Science and Technology Institute in Nanjing.
“The topic of environmental protection and resource efficient production is of very high importance in China, especially in Jiangsu, partner province of Baden-Württemberg. With its Center for Climate and Environment and renowned research institutions for geological and environmental sciences, KIT has proven its competence in these fields and would like to contribute to the improvement of the environmental situation in Jiangsu by applying its broad scientific know-how. A cooperation with JITRI serves as an ideal basis for that”, Professor Hirth says.
“The future Institute for Environmental Science and Technology will ideally combine the three core tasks of KIT in teaching, research and innovation together with the Chinese partners and act at the interface between science, industry and politics”, Professor Dr. Stefan Norra adds. He is working at the Institute of Applied Geosciences at KIT and will serve as the scientific project leader during the conception phase.
JITRI is supporting this six-month concept phase with RMB 1,000,000. Starting in October, employees of KIT will be present in Nanjing to develop the scientific and administrative targets. This includes conducting joint workshops with industry as well as academic institutions from Baden-Württemberg and Jiangsu.
During the project, other partners of KIT will be joining as well, such as the Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NJUST) as one of the strategic partner universities of KIT in Jiangsu. Therefore, Professor Hirth signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Vice President of NJUST, Professor Dr. Xi Zhanwen on Wednesday, September 26th.