Tec de Monterrey and China exchange technologies

Tec and China join forces - Chinese officials and professors visited Tecnológico de Monterrey to announce the Mexico-China Innovation Center and formalize the “Zhejiang Technology Development” project.

Tecnológico de Monterrey announced the “Zhejiang Technology Development”, a project that aims to establish links between Tec de Monterrey's research and the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in China, in order to enter the Chinese market using investment and talent of both countries.

An MoU was signed between executives of Tec de Monterrey, officials of the Ministry of Education of Zhejiang, China, and members of Zhejiang University of Technology and Hangzhou Dianzi University. The institutions committed to create the Mexico-China Innovation Center, and to promote the technology-based companies that are being developed at Tec de Monterrey so that they can reach a global scale and their products and patents achieve a greater impact.

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Arturo Molina, Vice Chancellor of Research and Technology Transference, believes this strategy is in line with a worldwide trend to create Innovation Hubs. “The important thing is that Mexican researchers and entrepreneurs have opportunities for their company’s growth at an international stage. If they want to have the opportunity to be a large company, they have to do it globally. And this is an opportunity for their projects to scale to global levels”, said Dr. Molina.

David Garza, Rector of Tecnológico de Monterrey, mentioned that “being able to quickly complete important international agreements is something we look for. We are very excited to find partners who work at the same pace than us. We have heard about the term ‘China speed’, and we want for Mexico and China to join forces, via Tec de Monterrey, at such pace”.

For Neil Hernández, Tecnológico de Monterrey’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, the great achievement of this reunion is to connect the university patented technologies with the innovation and entrepreneurship system in China, including universities, companies and the government.

“With this alliance we will be able to complete three objectives: to foster more technology-based companies through Tec de Monterrey’s patents; to create products and services with Chinese companies; and to establish academic cooperation agreements with the best universities in that country”, declared Dr. Hernández.

The Mexico-China Center opening was also attended by Héctor Tijerina, Director of Foreign Investment, from the Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico of Nuevo León. Mr Tijerina delivered a presentation about the relationship between China and Nuevo León in terms of economy, industry and academic liaisons. 
 

The Mexico-China Innovation Center is open for business

One of the Mexico-China Innovation Center objectives is to create two business incubators for technology-based startups, one in China and one in Monterrey, which was inaugurated today.

“This center will spark the development of state-of-the-art technology developed in Mexico, and it will take it to the last mile, to reach the market. There are many new technologies currently being developed by Mexican scientists, and there is great interest in China for these technologies in areas such as: Robotics, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Artificial Intelligence”, affirmed Alfonso Araujo, Director of the company Rongda Asia.

Mr. Araujo explained that startups or projects interested in this platform must have a high level of maturity, technical qualification, an economic model and a company incorporated. “We want Mexican researchers to become rich. We want that with the technologies that they develop they can set up companies in Mexico and in China. But they need a company in order to begin a partnership with Chinese investors”.

Meanwhile, Guo Huawei, director of the Minister of Education of Zhejiang, China, mentioned that “it is an honor to participate in the inauguration of the Mexico-China Center, the collaboration with Tec de Monterrey is very interesting because it has a multidimensional and multicultural scope, which greatly facilitates transfer of technology and knowledge”.

Wang Xingjie, secretary general of Hangzhou Dianzi University, said that technological development in China is expanding rapidly, “and what we see is a very productive place to invest and collaborate. Mexico is a very important country in Latin America, and Tec de Monterrey is an ideal university to establish this collaboration. We hope for more opportunities to collaborate between both universities, and we hope this relationship will boost the economic development of both countries”. 
 

Technology Transfer

Neil Hernández mentioned that Tec de Monterrey has three goals in terms of technology transfer: to optimize the processes of generation and transfer of knowledge that drives the economy in Mexico; to be a leading university in transferring technology to support the innovation processes of companies; and be the number one university in Latin America for the creation of knowledge-based companies.

“With this Innovation Hub, Tecnológico de Monterrey is creating a unique platform in the world, we are making history by being the first university to arrive in Zhejiang with a project of this scope. Undoubtedly it is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, scientists and technology-based startups that want to grow rapidly, at China Speed pace”, said Patricia Mora, director of the Network of Technology Transfer Offices.

This project ensures that inventors can develop their scientific projects and business models. One of the main incentives offered by the government of China is the possibility that scientists can set up their own research teams there, have access to laboratories, or even build them from scratch as required.

Neil Hernández mentioned that Tec de Monterrey has three goals in terms of technology transfer: to optimize the processes of generation and transfer of knowledge that drives the economy in Mexico; to be a leading university in transferring technology to support the innovation processes of companies; and be the number one university in Latin America for the creation of knowledge-based companies.

“With this Innovation Hub, Tecnológico de Monterrey is creating a unique platform in the world, we are making history by being the first university to arrive in Zhejiang with a project of this scope. Undoubtedly it is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, scientists and technology-based startups that want to grow rapidly, at China Speed pace”, said Patricia Mora, director of the Network of Technology Transfer Offices.

This project ensures that inventors can develop their scientific projects and business models. One of the main incentives offered by the government of China is the possibility that scientists can set up their own research teams there, have access to laboratories, or even build them from scratch as required.

Neil Hernández mentioned that Tec de Monterrey has three goals in terms of technology transfer: to optimize the processes of generation and transfer of knowledge that drives the economy in Mexico; to be a leading university in transferring technology to support the innovation processes of companies; and be the number one university in Latin America for the creation of knowledge-based companies.

“With this Innovation Hub, Tecnológico de Monterrey is creating a unique platform in the world, we are making history by being the first university to arrive in Zhejiang with a project of this scope. Undoubtedly it is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, scientists and technology-based startups that want to grow rapidly, at China Speed pace”, said Patricia Mora, director of the Network of Technology Transfer Offices.

This project ensures that inventors can develop their scientific projects and business models. One of the main incentives offered by the government of China is the possibility that scientists can set up their own research teams there, have access to laboratories, or even build them from scratch as required.

It is expected that, during the first five years of this alliance, 500 undergraduate students and 75 postgraduate students will make summer exchanges in Chinese universities, and that 50 research professors will make academic stays. In addition, it is expected that in five years 25 startups will be established in China (five each year), as well as 35 licenses and 50 intellectual property registries.

By Michael Ramírez