(Zhongguancun Forum) International Science and Technology Innovation Center Index 2021: A large number of Chinese cities are on the rise

  China News Service, Beijing, September 25 (Reporter Chen Hang) On the 25th, the Research Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance of Tsinghua University, in collaboration with natural science research, released the Global Innovation Hubs Index 2021 (Global Innovation Hubs Index, GIHI).

The report shows that Asian cities are showing new vitality in the innovative economy, forming a trend of accumulation.

A large number of Chinese cities are emerging as international centers of scientific and technological innovation.

  The report measures the innovation capabilities of 50 cities (metropolitan areas) around the world through 32 indicators in three dimensions: science centers, innovation highlands, and innovation ecology.

The picture shows the comprehensive ranking of the International Science and Technology Innovation Center Index 2021 (GIHI).

Photo courtesy of Tsinghua University Industrial Development and Environmental Governance Research Center

Evaluate the innovation capability and development potential of global science and innovation centers

  At the press conference, Tang Enping, President of Springer Nature Greater China, on behalf of the joint team, released the evaluation results of GIHI2021 in the form of video.

He emphasized that GIHI adheres to the principle of "scientific, objective, independent and fair" and will become an important reference for evaluating the innovation capabilities and development potential of global science and innovation centers.

  The GIHI index tracks the dynamic evolution of the international technological innovation network year by year, and continuously optimizes the index system.

Chen Ling, director of the Industrial Development and Environmental Governance Research Center of Tsinghua University and chief scientist of the GIHI index, said that this year's GIHI index system has been greatly improved in terms of evaluation scope, index measurement, and data granularity.

The number of evaluated cities (metropolitan areas) has increased from 30 to 50, reflecting the changing trend of the second-tier echelon in the global innovation network.

  At the same time, the indicator system kept the three first-level indicators and 12 second-level indicators unchanged, optimized 14 of the 31 third-level indicators, and added a three-level indicator of "e-government level".

GIHI2021 also adopts more micro-measurable data sets, deeply expands the scope of data measurement, and focuses on digital innovation and multi-level business.

Beijing's overall ranking rises to 4th

  The calculation results show that the top ten cities (metropolitan areas) in the GIHI2021 comprehensive ranking are: San Francisco-San Jose, New York, London, Beijing, Boston, Tokyo, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Paris, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Baltimore-Washington.

  Compared with GIHI2020, San Francisco-San Jose and New York continue to occupy the top two places, London replaces Boston in third place, and Paris and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area enter the top 10.

Beijing’s overall ranking rose from last year’s 5th to 4th, and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, which was merged by Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and other “9+2” cities, made its debut, ranking 7th.

Of the world's 50 leading international science and technology centers, 23 are in Asia and 9 are in China.

A large number of Chinese cities are on the rise

  Through a comprehensive assessment of the performance of major global technological innovation centers (metropolitan areas), the GIHI report shows that the pattern of global innovation networks is changing, and the upward trend of technological innovation in Asian cities continues to increase.

The United States still has an overwhelming advantage in science centers, European cities have a deep and vibrant innovation ecology, while Asian cities are showing new vitality in the innovation economy, forming a trend of accumulation.

A large number of Chinese cities are emerging as international centers of scientific and technological innovation.

  The report found that the new crown epidemic did not stop the vigorous development of the digital economy.

The epidemic has promoted a spurt of growth in high-tech manufacturing, the Internet industry, and related industries.

With the expansion of digital technology application scenarios and the expansion of the platform economy, network broadband connection speed will become an important content of the innovative ecological construction in the digital economy era.

  Xue Lan, chairman of the GIHI expert committee and senior professor of liberal arts at Tsinghua University, said that measuring the innovation and development of global cities in the context of the new round of technological revolution itself has a good forward-looking and international perspective, and provides important for innovation and cooperation in the digital age. Frame of reference.

In the future, the Tsinghua University Industrial Development and Environmental Governance Research Center and the joint research team of natural science research will continue to pay attention to the changes in global scientific and technological forces, and jointly build the GIHI index into an innovation evaluation system with global influence.

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