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Successful First Year of Ningbo Mentoring Module



Some of the Nottingham Advantage Award mentors

This year, for the first time, the Department of History offered a Nottingham Advantage Award (NAA) module which focused on mentoring Ningbo students. Over the last few years the department has run a successful mentoring programme for students who arrive in Nottingham from the Ningbo campus. They are matched with a Nottingham student volunteer, who acts as a friendly face, a point of contact and someone who can answer questions about academic life and British culture.

This year we decided to offer mentors an opportunity to take their mentoring skills to the next level and to participate in a NAA module. The NAA is an employability scheme and the modules included in this award help students to develop key skills in relation to personal development and employability.

The Department would like to congratulate those who successfully completed the module. Many thanks also to all the mentors who made a significant contribution to the student experience in the Department of History. The department plans to build upon this success – please look out for more information about our exciting plans for next year.

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Posted on Wednesday 15th May 2013

Science and Technology Week opened in Ningbo

The 2013 Science and Technology Week, jointly held by Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau, Ningbo Municipal Propaganda Department and Ningbo Association of Science and Technology, was opened on May 19th in the Zhongshan Square. At the opening ceremony of the Week aimed to promote science and technology in daily life, the first group of science workers were prepared to set off to schools, rural areas and communities to spread science and technology. 
The theme of this year’s Week, falling on the third week of May, is “scientific and technological innovation as well as environmental protection makes a beautiful Ningbo.”
Ten science and technology workers have been employed to promote knowledge in schools, communities, military camps and rural areas.

300 patents applied by 150 students in one year

From the Zhejiang Business Technology Institute yesterday, over 300 patents are applied by 150 students in majoring in industrial design, one third of which have reached the cooperation with enterprises.
Wu Dongjun, the director of the industrial design and innovation center, said every student generally has more than two notices of accepting patents, and some students even have as many as six patens. The most valuable patent has sold as much as 300,000 yuan. They have won over 40 innovation awards covering national level, provincial level and municipal level. 
The hot melting 3D printer is designed by Wu Dongjun and other teachers as well as students. The 3D printer is several kilograms weight, and it can print out a precise nut in half an hour. Compared with the expensive 3D printers in the market, this printer is less than 10,000 yuan. At present, a Beijing-based enterprise has begun to mass production.
According to their introduction, most of patents are designed for everyday life and many of them have been bought by enterprises. In order to better realize the value of the patented products, the institute is trying inventing patents for enterprises. the homework is the projects of enterprises. students design the patents in light of the projects and problems. Ningbo Tianhong Stationery Co., Ltd has customized patents. Several days ago, the enterprise spent 800,000 yuan buying eight students’ patents. 

Tax burdern decreased

The videoconference on experimental work of replacing sales tax with value-added tax was held on April 28th by the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation. Good results of the experimental work have been seen in Ningbo with 22,827 enterprises included in this reform and a tax revenue of 521 million yuan. More than 96% of tax payers face a lighter load mow. 
The export service enterprises benefit from this reform. In the past four months since the reform, 7 enterprises have saved 12 million yuan and 16 enterprises have applied for tax-exempt export, which amounted to 67 million yuan. 
   It has been learned that the reform will be carried out in the whole country from August 1st, 2013 when radio, film, television, screening and publishing will be included.

Ningbo to implement the cooperative innovation strategy for higher education

According to a meeting held on April 15 on the work of higher educational institutions, in 2013, Ningbo will implement the cooperative innovation strategy for higher education, taking it a important work for the higher education in the year and the years to come. 
In order to upgrade the higher educational institutions, and promote the cooperation of education and enterprises, Ningbo will start the construction of a national-level experimental zone for the cooperative innovation of education and industries, a core demonstrative zone in Ningbo Hangzhou Bay New Area, and a park in Higher Education of Ningbo for cooperative innovation of education and science. 
At the meeting, it was pointed out that in the time to come, the higher educational institutions should make breakthroughs in system and mechanism innovation, and that the city should steadily improve the system and mechanism for the integrated development of higher education and regional economic and social development. It was emphasized that the city should improve the mechanism for the cooperation of enterprises, universities and research institutes, and that policies should be established to eliminate the system and mechanic barriers and barriers between departments. 
Meanwhile, to meet the economic and industrial demand, the city will build about 10 cooperative innovative centers of Ningbo higher educational institutions, to make research of key technologies for industries and enterprises. With these centers, Ningbo aims to promote the emerging industries, and the reform of higher education. 
In the five years from 2013, Ningbo will allocate special funds for education as subsidies for the construction of the innovative centers, and for the construction of the experimental areas.

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