BRC, Nankai University sign MOU to foster wider engagement

Beijing Research Center and Nankai University College of Chemistry signed the memorandum of understanding to promote industry-academy collaboration, February 1, 2024.

The Chinese-language article was posted on official website of Nankai University on February 5, 2024. In case of any discrepancies, the original Chinese version shall prevail.

Aramco’s Beijing Research Center (“BRC”) and Nankai University College of Chemistry signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the integration of industry, academia and research, and achieve joint development of disciplines, majors, and industries on Feb. 1.

Chen Jun, vice president of Nankai University and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, noted that the development of green innovation in the petroleum industry has become an intrinsic requirement and key task to achieve the national carbon neutrality and respond to global climate change. With the strong backing of the resources, Nankai University and Aramco will establish a mechanism for international cooperation on the basis of innovative consensus. Meanwhile, the two sides could also promote the industry-academy-research synergy to better serve the green and low-carbon development.

In the future, Nankai University, with the College of Chemistry at its core, will adhere to the "four orientations", namely ,

  • deepen the industry-research collaboration with Aramco,

  • continue to achieve breakthroughs in core technologies in the petroleum field, and use technological innovation to empower industrial breakthrough to support urban renewal,

  • promote the comprehensive green transformation of economic and social development, and

  • create new "important tools" to support sci-tech self-reliance and self-strengthening.

BRC Director Dr. Abdulkarim Sofi introduced the research disciplines and development of the center and expressed his aspirations for cooperation with Nankai University. Dr. Sofi also mentioned the significance of BRC in maintaining the synergy with Aramco’s global innovation network. Accordingly, BRC will fully support the cooperation with Nankai and push the partnership to a new phase. He hoped the collaboration will bear results in terms of human resource development and sci-tech innovation.

The two sides also discussed the cooperation details, such as, the project implementation plan, expected outcomes, and the responsibilities between the parties, etc.

The MOU is a major step forward for industry-academy-research synergy. Under joint efforts, the partnership will achieve great success, bringing benefits to sci-tech advancement and social development.