Nokia and Tsinghua University announce new research framework
Establishment of a joint research facility at the Tsinghua campus in Beijing will drive technology development 'for Asia and the world'
Espoo, Finland - Nokia and Tsinghua University, China, today announced the establishment of a research framework and a facility dedicated to long term joint research programs. This agreement is the first of its kind in Asia for Nokia Research Center (NRC), which has established similar arrangements with several world-class universities in the US, UK and Finland in recent months. Tsinghua's professors and students will collaborate with NRC researchers on a wide range of topics; some global, others focused specifically on Asia. The research framework establishes the principle and practice that Nokia and Tsinghua will follow in pursuing joint research projects over time and sets the direction and overall topics for research.
Commenting on the agreement, Professor Zhisheng Niu, Vice Dean of the School of Information Science and Technology at Tsinghua, said: "In some ways, the future of mobile technology is the future of all technology in China. The country has set itself the goal of developing indigenous innovation and, with four times as many mobile subscribers as internet users, the opportunities within mobile technology are clear. In addition, a world-class communications network is essential to breakthroughs in all areas of science and technology research, rendering mobile technology doubly important. With this announcement, therefore, Nokia is not only promoting research in its own fields, it is actively facilitating and supporting an entire culture of innovation."
The research will initially focus on a handful of areas, including wireless and Internet for Asia, interaction solutions for Asia, Mechanics & Hardware for Multimedia communications devices and mobile internet-based services. The collaboration will be substantial from the outset, with around 20 Nokia researchers working alongside 30 professors and associates and up to 50 students from Tsinghua.
Commenting on the agreement, Dr. Bob Iannucci, Nokia Senior Vice President and Head of NRC, said: "This new agreement gives us an opportunity to partner with an acknowledged leader in information technology and engineering. The establishment of NRC's first joint research facility in Asia further reinforces the commitment to our open innovation model - which has served us and our collaborators well in the US and Europe over the last eighteen months. We anticipate that our collaboration with Tsinghua University will contribute significantly both to the advancement of the state of the art in mobility and to technologies with a specific relevance to Asia."
With over 480 million mobile subscribers in China, interest in mobile technologies in the country is high. But the attraction of Tsinghua as a research partner for Nokia goes beyond this statistic. Seppo Pienimaa, who is heading NRC's contribution to the research facility, commented: "China's universities have excellent facilities both for teaching and research in science and technology. With the increasing number of engineering graduates every year, the pool of talented and enthusiastic thinkers is large. NRC is excited by the possibilities for collaboration that this opens up: we expect that sharing our ideas across borders, oceans, cultures and life experiences will help develop completely new areas of creativity and enable us both to pose - and to answer - the most challenging questions."
About Tsinghua University Tsinghua University, which was established in 1911, is one of the most famous comprehensive universities in China.
Currently, the university consists of 54 departments distributed in 13 schools, including the schools of sciences, architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, information science and technology, humanities and social sciences, economics and management, law, arts and design, public policy and management, medical, and applied technology.
With a splendid legacy accumulated over the past 90 years, Tsinghua has retained its character and charm while promoting rigorous scholarship research, ensuring academic and educational prestige in China and abroad. The university presently has over 7,100 faculty and staff, with over 900 full professors and 1,200 associate professors, including 24 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 24 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. In addition, Tsinghua has over 20,000 students, including 12,000 undergraduates, 6,200 master's degrees candidates and 2,800 doctoral candidates.
With strong support from the nation and in the face of unprecedented opportunities, Tsinghua University is poised to become a world-class university in the 21st century. With the inspiring motto "Self-discipline and Social Commitment," Tsinghua is dedicated to the well being of Chinese society.
About Nokia Research Center Nokia Research Center (NRC) looks beyond Nokia's existing businesses and product development to challenge current strategies and to stimulate renewal in the company's direction. Working closely with all Nokia business groups and Technology Platforms, NRC's research explores new frontiers in digital services, physical-digital connections, human interaction, data and content technologies, device architecture, and access and connectivity. NRC promotes open innovation by working on research projects in collaboration with universities and research institutes around the world. Nokia Research Center employs around 800 people based in Finland, USA, China, Germany, Japan and the UK. For more information on Nokia Research Center, see our website: http://research.nokia.com
About Nokia Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks.
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