In the 13 of Chinae Five-year plan, one of the objectives is to make Shanghai a center of scientific and technological innovation of global influence. Recently, Shanghai’s efforts to achieve these goals have successful in a series of achievements.
The city has witnessed a series of original scientific and technological achievements and participated in several major national tasks in the field of science and technology. In 2020, articles published by Shanghai scientists in world-renowned academic journals accounted for 32% of the Chinese total. Researchers and scientists from Shanghai have also facilitated the tasks at the national level.
Breakthroughs have been made in sectors such as integrated circuits, biomedicine and artificial intelligence (AI). Shanghai retained its position as the most attractive and favored Chinese city for foreign talent for the eighth consecutive year last year, with a growing appeal to high-level professionals.
The city will strive to become an important source of new scientific discoveries, technological inventions, industrial directions and development concepts by 2025, outlining eight core indicators that include total social expenditure on R&D representing around 4.5% of GDP. of the city and the number of high-tech companies exceeding 26,000.
He is accelerating building its global center for scientific and technological innovation with supporting methods such as finance, research, talent attraction and international cooperation. According to the national strategy, Shanghai, along with Beijing and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Great Bay region, will become three global centers of scientific and technological innovation. Zhangjiang in Shanghai, along with Huairou, Hefei and the Great Bay region are four national centers of innovation.
By the end of 2020, the basic framework system of the Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Center had been formed, and the basic indicators had reached the target.
– Wu Qing, vice mayor of Shanghai
Zhangjiang, in Pudong New Area, is a shining star of urban innovation. Considered a national hub for scientific and technological development, it is now home to many innovation centers and strategic achievement platforms. They include Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF), China’s largest synchrotron research center, and a lab that has created a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease.
Shanghai is now home to 45 national research laboratories and various industrial zones such as Zhangjiang. The city has attracted AI, chip and biomedicine companies, as three strategic industries, to build its own industrial chain and its own innovation ecosystem. It aims to further relax policies to attract foreign talent, especially those who will help build the city’s global innovation hub. They include relaxed conditions on applying for a work permit and requirements on age and college degrees, the science and technology ministry said.
Since its inception in 2020, the Shanghai international technology trade market has attracted 4,000 technology companies and 547 service organizations. They process 14 million innovations and patents with a potential investment value of 16.9 billion yuan ($ 2.64 billion).
As reported by OpenGov Asia, Shanghai displayed a lot of Artificial Intelligence (AI), including Robots that can play chess and offer massage services, intelligent algorithms to recognize Oracle characters, micro “AI brains” for urban management and autonomous vehicles.
Shanghai is showing off its AI prowess, which is closely linked to the city’s strategic and digital transformation plan. Shanghai tech companies are bringing the latest innovations, and the local government has stepped up efforts to make the city smarter and safer.
Tech giants as well as the most promising AI companies have set up AI-related facilities. Chip designers are working on general and high-end chip development with more companies to develop digital transformation applications in various industries.
The number of AI talent reached 187,000 in July 2020 in Shanghai, taking a leading position nationwide. In the city, 104 AI-related study programs have been established by 38 universities and colleges. Shanghai plans to develop AI in innovation, investment, platforms and policy breakthroughs as a city-level strategy. By 2025, the city’s AI industry output will reach 400 billion yuan, double the level of 2020.