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Bringing ideas to life in China


The inaugural Ideas to Life Conference took place in Hangzhou, China in December, and showcased the University of Auckland’s internationally-recognised expertise in areas of interest to the Chinese market.

Ideas to Life took place at the University of Auckland Innovation Institute in Hangzhou – an area known as the Silicon Valley of China for its reputation as a leading innovation and technology hub.

The conference showcased the University of Auckland’s work in several areas relevant to the Chinese market. These included digital health, high value nutrition, light metals research, advanced materials and manufacturing, and clinical trials and drug development particularly in oncology.

Leading education experts from China and New Zealand also attended an education industry-specific session at the conference. Organised by the University of Auckland English Language Academy, the presentations provided an overview of international education in New Zealand, updates on programmes including customised services for groups of students, and shared expertise in academic learning and research.

Julie Haskell, Director at the English Language Academy, said the session provided an opportunity for collaboration, networking, and knowledge sharing between academics, agencies and university officials from both countries.

“The education day provided an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the Institute and the opportunities offered by the English Language Academy.

“We look forward to hosting future events at the Innovation Institute in Hangzhou.”

Education New Zealand