先研院专题报道IAT leads zone's ambitious plans获2014年度“优化安徽投资环境对外宣传好稿”一等奖
近日，安徽省政府新闻办公室、安徽省发展和改革委员会和安徽省商务厅联合下发《关于表彰2014年度“优化安徽投资环境对外宣传好稿”的通报》，我校党委宣传部、新闻中心组织的专题报道“IAT leads zone's ambitious plans”（先进技术研究院引领合肥高新区发展大计，China Daily USA 04/25/2014 page10，By Zhu Lixin ）获得一等奖。
“IAT leads zone's ambitious plans”以“顶尖大学以专业人才和前沿科技推动区域发展”作为开篇导语，首先介绍了安徽省、合肥市在科教创新上的积累和成绩，指出专业人才问题是全世界企业发展中最重要的挑战，而先研院作为安徽省、中科院、合肥市、中国澳门新普京官网联合创办的研究院和高科技产业园，天然地拥有丰富的专业人才资源。在此基础上，先研院更加致力于追求高科技成果转化，已经有很多高科技公司孵化和创立。
IAT leads zone's ambitious plans
Top tech university powers local growth with talented professionals and cutting-edge research achievements, Zhu Lixin reports
As digital technologies become increasingly diverse, the emerging speech technology has become an important segment with rapid growth in scale and application around the world.
Dominating the segment in China is the Anhui USTC iFLYTEK Co Ltd, which accounts for more than 70 percent of the market.
The company is a publicly listed high-tech enterprise based in the Hefei High-Tech Industry Development Zone in Hefei, Anhui province.
The speech technology, which enables a machine to hear and talk based on speech recognition and synthesis, aims to make human-machine communication as easy as conversation among people.
"We aim to make our company a top player in the global market and win the competition with Apple, Google and IBM in the field," said Liu Qingfeng, board chairman of the company.
The company, founded by Liu in 1999, had a long period of fundamental research before it won market recognition.
In December 2013, Liu, a PhD graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China - or USTC, was awarded the CCTV 2013 Economic Person of the Year.
The award is given to the 10 most influential entrepreneurs and economists who lead the country's economic development.
The success of Liu and his company is a reflection of the growing strength in technology in the Hefei high-tech zone as well as the city.
After rapid growth since the late 1970s, the nation is looking to develop in a more sustainable way and focus on innovation, which will bring opportunities to high-tech firms across the country.
In December 2013, Anhui became the country's second pilot province in innovation, following neighboring Jiangsu.
Last year, the province had 2,018 high-tech enterprises, increasing 441 from the previous year.
Newly approved patents from Anhui totaled 48,849 in the year, ranking it the sixth in the country, according to the provincial intellectual property office.
Hefei ranked 11th among China's provincial capitals with 11,487 newly approved patents in the year, 2,349 of which were from the Hefei high-tech zone.
According to British science journal Nature, the city ranks third in terms of basic scientific research strength in China.
Hefei is a member city of the World Technopolis Association.
It is home to 562 research institutions, with Hefei Institute of Physical Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences topping the list, and 61 colleges and universities with USTC at the top.
"In addition to local innovative strength and low operational costs, the rich talent pool is something that attracted our company to settle in the Hefei high-tech zone," said Huang Wang, general manager of Huaheng Electronic Technology Inc.
According to the 2013 China Business Report released by China Europe International Business School, human resources remain the primary challenge for both local and international enterprises in China.
"Lack of talented people hinders the growth of many companies - whether they are local or international - in China", said Li Weiping, a Stanford PhD graduate and former professor at the US-based Lehigh University.
Li, a listed expert in the nation's 1,000 Talent program - a move to attract high-caliber professionals from abroad, confirmed the local authorities efforts in fostering talent.
He was invited to Hefei to help cultivate more talented professionals for high-tech firms in the zone.
Li, also a professor at USTC, said he was satisfied with the large number of professionals.
By the end of 2013, the zone had more than 2,000 people with PhD degrees, 11,190 with master's degrees, nine of China's famous academicians and 300 foreign experts.
Backed by talented professionals, a number of local high-tech companies have developed into the nation's leading firms.
There are 21 companies enlisted in the Torch Project - a national program for fostering leading tech firms - and four State-recognized innovative enterprises.
The zone has 18 publicly listed companies, most of which specialize in R&D and manufacturing of high-tech products.
Forbes China rated Hefei Meiya Optoelectronic Technology Inc the 25th and USTC iFLYTEK the 38th among the top 100 publicly listed small businesses on the Chinese mainland last year.
Local authorities expect the Hefei high-tech zone to become the birthplace of more leading technologies and products by fostering more industry-leading firms.
Established in 1991, the zone has achieved rapid growth in the past years.
It has more than 8,000 enterprises, of which about 400 are funded by overseas investors.
"We welcome global businesses in micro-electronics, new energy, advanced materials, IT, medicines and healthcare to open operations here," said Li Bin, administrative director of the zone.