Follow the inspiration tour of a VARIO delegation to Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Volg de inspiratietour van een VARIO-delegatie langs Beijing, Shanghai en Shenzhen

In the wake of the Belgian economic mission to China, a VARIO delegation is taking an inspiration tour to try to better understand the rapid developments in China.  How can the Flemish R&D&I system learn from the strategic vision of the Chinese, from the ecosystems around their large companies? How has China been able to set up companies such as Huawei, Tencent (WeChat), Alibaba, Baidu... (and many others) in such a short period of time? What makes Shenzhen and Shanghai the absolute digital innovation hubs? Where does the Chinese enormous drive for innovation come from, the spectacular growth...?

Many feel a visit to China as a journey into the future and the journey back to Europe (or even Silicon Valley) as a return to the past. The dragon has slept for years, missed the industrial revolution, but is now back from never being away: from 'Made in China' to 'Created in China'.

In Beijing, VARIO visited the Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI) and Tusholdings Ltd., the innovation park of the renowned Tsinghua University. In Shanghai, VARIO visited Zhangjiang hi-tech park and met i.e. Philips China, Nokia Bell Shanghai, the European Union Chamber of Commerce... The journey now continues to Shenzhen.

To be continued.