Friday, June 10, 2011

ZHEJIANG OCEAN UNIVERSITY AND BLUE REVOLUTION HAWAII SIGN MOU


Blue Revolution Hawaii today hosted five professors from Zhejiang Ocean University:

Professor Dajun Zhou (group leader, second from the right)
Vice President of Zhejiang Ocean University

Professor Zhibo Tang (tour leader, in the mddle)
Director of Scientific Research Department

Professor Shilai Wang
Director of Teaching Affairs

Dean Guofang Ding
School of Food Science, Pharmacy and Medicine

Dean Yin Wang, Dean
School of Social Sciences



We signed a Memorandum of Agreement (a following posting will provide details):




Several interesting bits of information:

1.  A bridge (just part of it is to the right) finally connected Zhoushan Island (where Zhejiang Ocean University is located) to the mainland only last year at a cost of about two billion dollars.  These islands (and there are a thousand of them) were then made a Special Economic Zone.  Several more bridges will be built.  There are construction canes all over the island.

2.  The city of Shenzen, located close to Hong Kong was named a Special Economic Zone in 1988.  Depending on who you ask, the population is today 9 million, 14 million, 20 million or 30 million.  This means that the population grew by a factor of 30 to 100 over the past 23 years.

3.  Zhoushan now has a population of about a million.  Projections are that this will "only" increase to 3 million to 5 million by the Year 2020.

4.  Zhejiang Ocean University was formed in 1988, but already has 15,000 students.  A new campus at the coastline is being constructed.  I would not be surprised if this someday becomes the pre-eminent ocean institution for the country.

A sister city relationship is being discussed between Zhoushan and Honolulu.  Hawaii's primary link to China could well in time become these islands, located across the bay and south of Shanghai, for we have very similar interests and are the only island states of our respective countries.  [I was reminded that there, too, are Hainan and Taiwan, and, yes, we should form partnerships with all three locations.]

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2 comments:

  1. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) expressed the intention to form an international cooperative research exchange relationship between BLUE REVOLUTION HAWAII and ZHEJIANG OCEAN UNIVERSITY, a provincial university of China, which is inaugurating its Tide Energy Laboratory within the Department of Science & Technology.

    Current technologies have been developed that could produce energy by wave, tide, and ocean thermal energy conversion, potable water, clean fuels, sea food, and marine bioproducts from the ocean to meet the needs of humankind.

    BLUE REVOLUTION HAWAII is promoting the building and operation of the PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL OCEAN STATION (PIOS) to be deployed in Hawaii’s ocean waters as the world’s first floating island supporting international cooperative research on sustainable and environmentally beneficial, ocean resources development, beginning about April 2016.

    ZHEJIANG OCEAN UNIVERSITY is inaugurating its TIDE ENERGY LABORATORY within the DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, for the study of energy generation from ocean tidal energy.

    The Parties desire to conduct ocean research activities in exchange and cooperation with each other. It is expected that the collaborative research parties will benefit from each other’s initiatives and work progress leading to advances in ocean resources development beneficial to all.

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  2. Hawaii with its rich culture and far away from the mainland became a state in 1959, yet its habitants are very american, their language is mainly english, etc. Puerto Rico on the other hand is closer, has been a commonwealth since the 1900's and has more in common with western culture, yet language is mainly spanish and in every aspect is very culturally independent.


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