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Italy-China – Luoyang “Science City” nears completion

The Sino-Italian Science City is closer than ever. A bilateral conference was held recently on the Luoyang Sino-Italian Science City, now in the advanced stages of construction, whose participants included representatives of the Italian embassy of Beijing, the Turin Polytechnic Institute and businesses based in the Italian region of Piedmont. Discussions centred on Sino-Italian collaboration in Luoyang – which, fruit of Italy’s interest in China’s emerging areas, meets all the requirements of a bilateral cooperation success story – and the concrete opportunities it offers our country.

Five zero-impact buildings

The design calls for the construction of five large “zero-impact” buildings featuring solar-panelled roofs capable of producing the energy necessary to heat the buildings, and insulation and ventilation systems ensuring the building’s energy efficiency. The complex is located at the heart of Luoyang’s expansion area – intended to house 660,000 inhabitants – and near the Normal University of Luoyang. A large number of Italian firms have already signed agreements on joint research laboratories to be installed within the centre.

Development of bilateral university-research-enterprise communication

The centre will aim to develop opportunities for bilateral business cooperation and direct university-research-enterprise communication. This project is the largest that Italy has under way in China, and involves universities and research centres in the possibility of creating an Italian research hub that embraces a range of sectors. The first of the buildings is slated for completion within the month of September 2014.