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Fruitful visit Chinese delegation Zhejiang University

Published: 27th June 2019 Last updated: 12th August 2019

Tilburg University, Jheronimus Academy of Data Sciences (JADS) and the School of Management at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China) agreed to further study the functioning of digital markets with respect to e-commerce, big data in finance and the transformation of organizations.

This resulted from a successful joint workshop “Firms in the Digital Economy”. The collaboration between Zhejiang School of Management and Tilburg University dates back to 2016, the year in which the Executive Board of Tilburg University visited their Chinese counterpart in Hangzhou to discuss cooperation possibilities and to sign a student exchange agreement at the bachelor level. Zhejiang University is a top-three research university in China,  located in Hangzhou, the capital city of the internet industry.

Since then, several visits in both directions took place, resulting in several new initiatives, such as faculty exchanges and visiting PhD researchers to Tilburg University.

Further collaboration

The visit in June by a delegation of academics from Zhejiang, headed by the associate Dean of the School of Management, Prof. Weihua Zhou, was characterized by fruitful exchanges of ideas about how to take this strategic collaboration to the next level. One of the concrete steps taken was the appointment of the President of Tilburg University, Prof. Koen Becking, to become a member of the International Advisory Board of Zhejiang School of Management:  

Delegations of Zhejiang University, Tilburg University and JADS in front of 's Hertogenbosch city hall

‘I am honored to join the international advisory board of a top School of Management in China. My appointment demonstrates the importance of our partnership by Zhejiang University and recognizes the international top position Tilburg University in the field of management and economics. I am looking forward to participate in future board meetings.’  

Data science

The Zhejiang delegation was also welcomed to the historical City Hall of Den Bosch by both the Mayor Jack Mikkers and the Vice-mayor Jan Hoskam for a lunch meeting, during which further ideas about triple-helix collaboration in the field of data science were developed. In the evening, the delegation was invited for dinner at the Provincial Government Building, hosted by the King’s Commissioner, Prof. Wim van de Donk and vice-governor Martijn van Gruijthuijsen.

Private-public partnerships

Besides a strong academic component, the visit also focused on building an ecosystem around digitalization and bringing together the knowledge component, the business angle and the governmental level through this Sino-Dutch cooperation in research, education and private-public partnerships.

Together with their Dutch counterparts, the Chinese academics identified several themes for research collaboration, such as e-commerce, big data in finance and the digital transformation of organizations. The next stage in the collaboration is to start working on joint research proposals. The next joint workshop will be held in Hangzhou in Spring 2020.


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