The 2016 China Sustainable Urbanisation Forum: Theory, Policy and Practice and the Inaugural Conference for TUCSU (Institute for China Sustainable Urbanisation, Tsinghua University) was held on 18th Oct, 2016. More than a hundred of government officials, researchers, experts and enterprise representatives attended the event at Tsinghua University. TUCSU is a national think-tank co-founded by NDRC and Tsinghua University, and is established based on the UK-China Sustainable Urbanisation Research Platform Agreement signed between UK leading organisation Building Research Establishment (BRE), Tsinghua University and Evergrande, a key outcome of President Xi’s state visit to the UK in 2015.
NDRC Deputy Director General Hu Zucai started his opening speech at the event by stressing the importance of this new institute: it is a significant initiative after President Xi’s UK visit, as well as a landmark in innovation research for new-type urbanisation. Hu also pointed out that the institute as an international research platform is of great significance and impact in bringing in international experience, such as from the UK, to address the challenges China faces in its unprecedented rate and scale of urbanisation.
The British Embassy’s representative, Nick Low, said in his keynote speech that the UK/China “Golden Era” relationship is founded on a Global Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century. President Xi had commended urbanisation as a priority for bilateral collaboration in his first meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May at last month’s G20 Summit. The new Institute, enjoying strong support from the UK’s world-class BRE, was another milestone in the collaboration. He assured the audience that the UK was indeed committed to working with China in this field, with a particular focus on sharing know-how and good practice at the regional and local level.
The NDRC-Tsinghua cofounded institute will play a key role in proving theoretical-intellectual-technical support for China’s sustainable urbanisation. NDRC is the leading department in the ‘pushing forward new-type urbanisation ministerial working joint meeting’, and plays a key role in coordinating urbanisation policies across ministries. Tsinghua University has strong research capacities and expertise in urbanisation with comprehensive subjects and talents. In combination with the UK’s ample experience in urbanisation, the Institute has a bright future in becoming the China’s top-level think-tank and pushing forward sustainable urbanisation development in the country.