Windmills, tulips and the lovely Miffy may be the first things people think of when talking about the Netherlands. However, the Netherlands also play an important role in the province of Guangdong, due to the cooperation between Guangdong and a Dutch region called the province of Utrecht.
Photo taken in Miffy Museum which located in the province of Utrecht, the birthplace of the lovely rabbit.
Located in the geographical heart of the Netherlands, the province of Utrecht has had a sister relationship with the Chinese region of Guangdong since 1995. With the development of this relationship, various programs have been launched over the past two decades.
In 2015, on the 20th anniversary of the sister relationship between Guangdong and the province of Utrecht, the two regions signed a joint declaration to deepen their bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of R&D and in building intelligent cities. And so far, four Guangdong companies have set up branches in this region..
According to European Innovation Scoreboard 2016 issued by EU, the Netherlands is awarded as one of the innovation leaders of Europe. As the geographical heart of the Netherlands, developed innovation & creativity sectors and leading research centers have been established in the province of Utrecht, which has produced 12 Noble Prize winners.
Since Guangdong is now developing an Innovation Driven Development Strategy, how exactly can Guangdong benefit from its European counterpart for developing the innovation industry?