The ground-breaking ceremony of the newly-initiated Yantai Institute of Coastal Research for Sustainable Development (YIC) under CAS was held recently in the picturesque coastal city of Yantai, Shandong Province.
Present at the ceremony were CAS Vice President SHI Erwei, Vice Governor of Shandong Province WANG Junmin and Deputy Mayor of Yantai ZHANG Renqiang among others. The ceremony was chaired by GAO Lingyu, deputy director of the YIC preparation team.
Shi Erwei, who is also head of the preparation leading group, presented a gift to the institute – a congratulatory inscription from CAS President LU Yongxiang which reads "Give strong backing to China's sustainable development by exploring the laws of coastal regions."
Shi gave some detailed instructions on constructing YIC, saying its research should be people-oriented with a beautiful and sound environment, be function-first with world-leading designs, be well balanced between financial input and outcome, and be multi-purposed to meet the various demands for teaching, learning as well as doing research. The team should pay close attention to the entire process from its organization, design, construction to management, in an effort to lay a concrete foundation for YIC's healthy growth and set up a model project for the rest of the newly-founded CAS institutes.
Then a speech was given by SHI Ping, director of the preparation team, on the general mission and outlook of YIC. The ceremony, he said, marked a new and crucial stage of the entire project. The establishment of YIC would not only provide a powerful S&T pillar for the sustainable development in the region, but also be a master stroke in the CAS agenda of its R&D enforcement in the 3rd-phase of the Knowledge Innovation Program. The preparation team shall pour all efforts into the building of a high-quality and top-level research institute, and contribute to the economic and social development of Yantai, Shandong and the entire nation. He also expressed his heartfelt thanks to all supports and solicitudes over the past months.
WANG Junmin expressed his confidence in the leadership of CAS to help YIC develop into a main thrust to China's coastal research with "top-notch results, top-notch benefits, top-notch management and top-notch qualified personnel."
Finally, ZHANG Renqiang, on behalf of the Yantai municipal government, promised support in funding, human resources and logistic services in the construction of YIC. He said Yantai will do its best to ensure the timely completion of the YIC.
Officially launched in last June, the YIC aims to meet the national demands of strategic significances and challenge the frontier issues in the field. As planned, the institute will mainly concentrate on the sustainable exploration of the sea-water resources and energy development, the protection of the ecological setting along the coastline as well as systematic integration and engineering demonstration. At the same time, it targets the establishment of a modernized institutional system, i.e. a managerial mechanism conducive to knowledge transfer and technology renewal, together with an effective mechanism for the multi-lateral cooperation to be shared by various units in the system of regional innovation. The new institute is also working hard to grow itself into a regional incubator for talented people and to reap more R&D fruits.
The first-phase construction of the YIC involves three major buildings, namely an administration building, a dormitory for graduate students and the apartment building for experts and researchers.