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The Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, was jointly founded by Tsinghua University and the Shenzhen Municipal Government for cultivating top level professionals and carrying out scientific and technological innovations.Directly affiliated with Tsinghua University in Beijing, the Graduate School plays an important role in Tsinghua's commitment to achieve international prominence. The new campus is located in the University Town of Shenzhen, set amidst the natural beauty of Xili Lake and the Tanglang Mountain. Following the principle of 'one university, one brand', the two campuses share the same culture and style, as well as the same goal of excellence. The primary goal of the Graduate School is to cultivate professionals with leadership capability, international vision, enterprising spirit and a wide range of knowledge. The Graduate School serves the regional economy and society by developing top quality education, initiating original researches, and facilitating the transfer of high technology to industry.With help from Shenzhen, Tsinghua and other sectors, the new campus continues to develop at a fast pace and is destined for a bright future.

Shenzhen Association for Science and Technology

Shenzhen Science and Technology Association (SZSTA) was founded in May 1982, and then set up a number of science and technology institutes. SZSTA is the official association to promote science and technology development in Shenzhen; it has three subsidiaries as the Shenzhen Science and Technology Development Exchange Center, the Shenzhen Science and Technology Committee of Experts, and the Shenzhen Science and Technology Museum. Under SZSTA, there are 86 societies, associations, research councils and other science & technology organizations, as well as more than one hundred thousand Members. SZSTA benefits more than one million scientific workers in Shenzhen, it is considered as the major force to promote the science and technology progress and development of the city. SZSTA is a mass organization for scientific workers. Under the leadership of Shenzhen municipal Party committee, SZSTA took “to unite scientific workers in taking economic construction as the central task, to advance the prosperity and development of science & technology, to accelerate the popularization of science & technology, the improve the growth of scientific talents, to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of scientific workers, and to serve the scientific workers and associations” as its guideline. The main task of SZSTA is to provide science popularization, to conduct academic research and scientific training, to offer science & technology consultation, to strengthen the links between its organizations, to train, commend and recommend science & technology talents.

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Open FIESTA(Open Faculty for Innovation, Education, Science, Technology and Art)is co-established by Tsinghua University and the Center for Research and Interdisciplinary (CRI), Paris Descartes University in June, 2015. Open FIESTA aims to integrate the global innovation resources, collectively study, develop and share exponential technologies and disruptive paradigms to catalyze global innovation for sustainability, and nurture the students with creative spirit, entrepreneurial capability and strong social responsibility. Open FIESTA is aiming to build a Global hub and a worldwide network to foster next generation research, education and innovation at Tsinghua University, which is dedicated to: Prototyping a new model of a university for the 21st century; Cultivating the next generation change makers; Building a worldwide open community for interdisciplinary discovery and innovation; Exploring the solutions for sustainable development and innovation.

Shenzhen Science & Technology Development Exchange Center, one of the subsidiary institutions of Shenzhen Science & Technology Association, established in August 1987. It was one of the first Shenzhen Municipal Government Service Organizations engaged in Science & Technology (Sci&Tech) cooperation between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, and in organizing delegations to attend exhibitions abroad. Nowadays, we are primarily focused on Sci&Tech Communication and Cooperation between Shenzhen Government and International Organizations, ‘China Shenzhen’ Pavilion for attending global Sci&Tech exhibitions, ‘Oversea Intelligences Projectet Guangdong (Shenzhen) base, Shenzhen Innovation Resource Platform Project, and provide professional Sci&Tech professional service to government and high-tech enterprises. For more than 20 Years, we have been insisting ‘Promote Sci&Tech progress, Serve the development of enterprises’ purposes, and have played an active role in the introduction of domestic and foreign intelligence, technique, capital as well as in organizing enterprises to ‘go global’, established a higher reputation at home and abroad.

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The CRI’s main role is to promote new educational techniques and strategies to empower the students to take initiative and develop their own research projects. Mentors, research institutions, private companies, and foundations, such as the Bettencourt Foundation, provide the support for the student-created research projects and activities. The CRI offers three degree programs integrated in the Bettencourt curriculum: an undergraduate program (Licence Frontières du Vivant, FdV, Paris-Descartes University), two masters program (Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences AIV Master and EdTech Master. The two programs are co-hosted by Paris-Descartes University and Paris-Diderot University), and a doctoral program (Frontiers of Life, Ecole doctorale 474 Frontières du Vivant, FdV). The CRI’s dedicated facilities host visiting professors, a variety of courses, and many student clubs.

The Geneva Tsinghua Initiative (GTI) is a partnership between the University of Geneva, with its strong ties to Geneva’s international organizations, and Tsinghua University, China’s top university with its main campus in Beijing’s high-tech corridor, and another in Shenzhen, heart of the Chinese manufacturing ecosystem. PRINCIPLES The GTI adopts a modern approach to open innovation characterized by: a focus on challenge-based learning inspired by real-world problems. collaboration through multidisciplinary and multicultural teams. All the GTI educational activities are designed with international exchange as a key component, between Switzerland and China, but also towards a network of labs in other parts of the world that address the SDGs, called United Labs for the Global Goals.

United Labs is a global network of INNOVATION HUBS interested to host TEAMS OF STUDENTS working on concrete challenges and real needs posed by INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS and NGOs tackling the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The UNITED LABS network promotes international innovation, just as the UNITED NATIONS promotes international cooperation.

This project-based program combines fundamental principles from the life sciences with the social sciences and humanities to innovate new models for engaging citizens in addressing the sustainable development challenges of Paris. You study a combination of biology, economics, and urban studies, and work within an interdisciplinary team to explore and develop new models of sustainable living in the city.

The SDGo competition is a SDG problem solving competition. SDGs refers to the Sustainable Developement Goals proposed by the United Nations. In the competition, participants will identify real-life SDG problems, look for references and propose solutions. The two month competition is a comprehensive learning experience, where participants develop the abilities of observation, study, research, creating and collaboration, 21st century skills that we deem necessary for resolving the global goals.

Situated in the heart of Shenzhen, x.factory is a new maker hub that provides a prototyping workshop with production-level equipment, co-working space and consulting services and helps to link makers to Shenzhen’s vast manufacturing resources. We’d like to think of x.factory as an “open factory.” It is open because the open source spirit is one of the things we value most in our space. Also, our production-level machines which are usually inaccessible to public are open to members who need them to build their products or create their artworks. And finally, we want to build an open and inclusive community in which people from different backgrounds can come and innovate together. x.factory is operated by Chaihuo Makerspace, Shenzhen’s first and leading makerspace since 2011, and closely partnered with Seeed Studio, a Shenzhen-based company with open hardware products and small batch production capabilities that has served the global maker community since 2008.

Diversified demands cannot be fully satisfied by mass production. The booming of open source hardware, 3D printing, crowd-funding and global logistics creates a evolutional easy platform to hardware innovators. Products are becoming democratized, as some of the consumers now calling themselves makers. Seeed is a hardware innovation platform for makers to grow inspirations into differentiating products. By working closely with technology providers of all scale, Seeed provides accessible technologies with quality, speed and supply chain knowledge. When prototypes are ready to iterate, Seeed helps productize 1 to 1,000 pcs using in-house engineering, supply chain management and agile manufacture forces. Seeed also team up with incubators, Chinese tech ecosystem, investors and distribution channels to portal Maker startups beyond.

Dev4X is an Open Innovation Organization that proposes and develops projects openly, leveraging the collective intelligence of the crowd and their spare cognitive capacity and time. Previous projects have ranged from 1 to 200 active participants which have been coordinated through separate approaches depending on the project. We have a 501c3 non-profit and a b Corp through which some of the activities are conducted. Each project we work on includes a powerful team.