With a small area and a relatively single economic structure, how can Macau's "small table" sing the "big drama" of technological innovation?
The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is building an international science and technology innovation center, and Macau is embarking on a path of technological innovation that leverages its strengths and development.
In Hengqin·Macao Youth Entrepreneurship Valley, young entrepreneurs shed their youth and chase their dreams; in the State Key Laboratory of Traditional Chinese Medicine Quality Research in Macau, reagent R&D engineers carry out reagent formulation research and development day and night; Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Science and Technology Innovation Corridor, led and participated by Macau A series of interdisciplinary cutting-edge research projects are being implemented...Macao firmly seizes the historical opportunities in the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and strives to make new breakthroughs and new achievements in technological innovation.
Hengqin·Macao Youth Entrepreneurship Valley
Gathering innovation and entrepreneurship colleagues
On June 29th, a significant commemorative event-Greater Bay Area Entrepreneurship Summit Forum and Hengqin·Macao Youth Entrepreneurship Valley 5th Anniversary Celebration was held in Hengqin·Macao Youth Entrepreneurship Valley across the river from Macau.
Located on Huandao East Road, the main road of Hengqin, Zhuhai, it has a garden-style park environment and a sense of science and technology. In the past five years, Hengqin·Macao Youth Entrepreneurship Valley has accumulated 433 incubation projects and introduced 50 high-tech enterprises, including 30 enterprises. With a financing of 503 million yuan, it has become an important platform for Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao cooperation in technological innovation.
Macau youth Zhou Yunxian is an "old maker" with many years of entrepreneurial experience. In 2015, Zhou Yunxian founded "Cross-Border Talk", a technical Internet company engaged in reverse e-commerce in Hengqin New District, Zhuhai City. Within two years, the company received 30 million yuan angel investment and possessed a number of invention patents and a number of independent intellectual property rights.
Whether it is accepting entrepreneurial tutors, expert project review and other links, or docking financing platforms, Zhou Yunxian "found peers" in the entrepreneurial valley. "National development has brought huge opportunities to Macau entrepreneurs. The company will actively promote cross-border e-commerce to promote products and services from the Mainland and Portuguese-speaking countries to enter each other's markets more conveniently through Macau, and promote the moderately diversified economic development of Macau." Zhou Yunxian said .
Zhou Yunxian is not the only one who has such thoughts and feelings. According to statistics, taking the Macau Youth Entrepreneurship Valley as a demonstration, the total investment in incubators in Hengqin New Area is 1.2 billion yuan, and there are 231 enterprises in the incubator. Entrepreneurship Valley has introduced a total of 96 high-level experts, including 5 academicians and 80 national experts, to assist in the establishment of 86 innovative technology companies.
Entrepreneurship teams with members of Macau youths or Macau college graduates can enjoy a series of "policy packages" from site reductions to bonuses and customs clearance. Now about 80% of the entrepreneurial projects in the incubator come from Macau.
Wu Chuangwei, Deputy Director of the Administrative Committee of Hengqin New District, Zhuhai, said that since the opening of Hengqin·Macao Youth Entrepreneurship Valley in 2015, it has created a three-dimensional incubation model of “space carrier + entrepreneurial ecology + operation mechanism” to provide youths, especially Macau youths. Entrepreneurs provide a full range of high-quality services such as technology development, achievement transformation, entrepreneurship training, investment and financing. The park has achieved a three-level jump of municipal, provincial, and national technology business incubators, and has been successively awarded as "National Technology Business Incubator", "National Makerspace Space", "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Base", and "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Technology Business Incubator" "And more than 30 qualifications.
4 state key laboratories
Leverage to transform scientific and technological achievements
Located in the new campus of the University of Macau in Hengqin New District, the roads are spacious and the space is open. Buildings of different styles complement each other with greenery and waters. Five new scientific research buildings have been built on the new campus, giving all state key laboratories of the University of Macau a brand new development space.
State Key Laboratory of Quality Research of Traditional Chinese Medicine, State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits, State Key Laboratory of Smart City Internet of Things, State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Science, Macau currently has 4 State Key Laboratories, of which There are three relying on the construction of the University of Macau.
How to make good use of these state key laboratories to fully transform intellectual achievements into productivity? Other cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area have provided a vast space and market for this.
The State Key Laboratory of Traditional Chinese Medicine Quality Research of Macau University of Science and Technology has obtained more than 180 patents at home and abroad in the past 6 years. With several international patents as the carrier, Macau University of Science and Technology cooperated with Guangdong enterprises to establish a company and register a branch in Hengqin. In addition, in the IT field, Macau University of Science and Technology cooperated with enterprises to establish an artificial intelligence company in Hengqin. The commercial robots developed by the company have gradually been marketed and sold well. Liu Liang, president of Macau University of Science and Technology, said that before the return, it was almost impossible for people to establish a connection between "science and innovation" and "Macao." After the reunification, with the support of national and mainland research institutes, Macao's scientific and technological innovation capabilities have been continuously improved.
In fact, the transformation of Macao's scientific and technological achievements in the Mainland has become the main model for Macao's scientific and technological innovation. In the first half of this year, there were 37 newly registered Macau entrepreneurial projects in Hengqin, with 59.6% of technological innovation enterprises. The University of Macau and Macau University of Science and Technology have settled in Hengqin. Qin has established a branch, which can provide a full-chain growth environment for production, education and research for outstanding scientific research projects.
The Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the Macau Foundation, Wu Zhiliang, analyzed that the economic and industrial structure of Macau is single, the land area is small, and the space for industrial expansion is very limited. The larger and less developed Hengqin Island provides space for the diversified economic development of Macau. With the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the formation of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Science and Technology Innovation Corridor, it will further accelerate the flow of scientific and technological talents in the Bay Area and promote more and more Macao youths to develop in the Mainland. This trend requires the establishment of a platform suitable for the development of young people between Macau and mainland cities.
"Without'one country, two systems', there would be no University of Australia today." Song Yonghua, president of the University of Macau, believes that the development of the University of Macau is an important evidence and vivid interpretation of the successful practice of "one country, two systems" in Australia, and an innovative example. The Institute of Science and Technology established by the University of Macau in Zhuhai was inaugurated at the end of October 2019, building a convenient platform for cooperation between Macau and mainland scientific research institutions and enterprises. In Song Yonghua’s view, thanks to the closer ties between the Mainland and Macau in terms of talents and funds, the University of Macau has successfully built a world-class scientific research platform. With its superior teaching and scientific research conditions, it has attracted many top talents from all over the world. Macau will jointly promote the development of science and technology in Macau and the entire Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Technology Innovation Corridor
Form an innovation network to play synergy
Several special smart lampposts stand in front of the administrative building of the University of Macau. In addition to the most basic lighting functions, they also integrate multiple sensors such as video, sound, vibration, temperature, air quality, etc., on a screen at the bottom of the lamppost. With all kinds of information. This is exactly the scientific research product of the State Key Laboratory of Smart City Internet of Things at the University of Macau. In 2019, the University of Macau signed a contract with the Ministry of Science and Technology to undertake the research and development tasks of the national key special project of "Internet of Things and Smart City Key Technologies and Demonstration". This is the only national key laboratory in this field.
Professor Jia Weijia, deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Smart City Internet of Things at the University of Macau, said that Macau is a small city in terms of area, but a smaller area is suitable for pilot projects of Smart City Internet of Things. This is also a national special research on Smart City Internet of Things. One of the reasons why the "small and medium-sized city part" was entrusted to Macau.
The "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Plan Outline" proposes to build an international science and technology innovation center. How should Macau be positioned in it and how should it give full play to its advantages? According to the analysis by Mr. Mi Jian, Director of the Policy Research and Regional Development Bureau of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, the "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Plan Outline" proposes that the Greater Bay Area will strengthen cooperation in technological innovation, promote the construction of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao technological innovation corridor, and explore the benefits of talents and capital. Policies and measures for cross-border flow of innovative elements such as, information, and technology and regional accommodation. This is the first time that Macau has entered the top-level design science and innovation camp together with the three cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. For Macau, it is an opportunity and a challenge to become a supporting point. Macau should seize the opportunity to achieve its own leapfrog development and truly realize diversified economic and social development.
Ma Zhiyi, Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund, introduced that in order to support the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to build an international scientific and technological innovation center, the Ministry of Science and Technology has extensively solicited the scientific and technological authorities of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government in promoting the deployment of scientific and technological innovation in the Greater Bay Area and strengthening international cooperation in science and innovation. The opinions of Macau's scientific and technological circles have clarified Macau's functional positioning in the Greater Bay Area and created new advantages for Macau's innovative development.
Cui Shiping, deputy to the National People's Congress and chairman of the Macao Science and Technology Association, believes that Macao has a single economic structure and is relatively weak in terms of technological innovation and physical industries. Through the cooperation of the city clusters in the Bay Area, especially the cooperation with Guangzhou and Shenzhen, two cities that are at the forefront of innovation capabilities in the country, it can promote the improvement of Macao's technological innovation level.
"At present, the Macao Special Administrative Region Government has established the'Innovation, Technology and Smart City Development Task Force' under the Working Committee for the Construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. It is actively deploying, accelerating the docking and layout, and promoting the construction of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Science and Technology Innovation Corridor. In the construction of the Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Macau must give full play to its advantages in internationalization and diversified opening up, adhere to'national needs and Macau's strengths', and promote Macau's technological innovation and development to achieve a new leap." Mi Jian said.
Our reporter Mao Lei