The Royal Scientific Society (RSS) signed a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with JITRI (Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute), the body tasked with the development of industrial technology research and commercialisation of advanced technologies for the province of Jiangsu, a leading region for technology and finance in China.

Commented on the major collaborative agreement, HRH Princess Sumaya, President of RSS, said the move recognised RSS and JITRI’s shared desire to build new routes for engagement, trade and innovation, “routes along which ideas will flow and friendships through collaboration will be forged between us”.

The MoU, which was signed on Thursday, marks the beginning of a joint mission to advance and promote applied research and commercialisation. The relationship will focus on the areas of Energy, Big Data Analytics, Water and Environment.

JITRI, which comprises a range of cutting-edge research institutes and collaborations, will work with RSS to develop and implement applied research projects to strengthen technological innovation and industrial research and development in China and Jordan, Princess Sumaya University for Technology signed a further MoU with JITRI, to develop and implement applied research projects.

This will focus on developing joint research projects in areas including Big Data and data sciences, artificial intelligence and robotics and computer network security, through student and expert exchanges, sharing of academic materials, collaborative conferences, seminars and workshops, and the establishment of joint laboratories and research centres.

The two MoUs will also facilitate collaboration with various universities in Jiangsu Province and other universities and research institutions in Jordan, as well as the establishment of joint laboratories and research centres in Jordan focused on strengthening open and mutually beneficial cooperation under China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative for infrastructure and investment.

The JITRI delegation was headed by Mr. Wang Qin, Director-General of Jiangsu Science and Technology Department, accompanied by Mr. Liu Qing, President of JITRI and other Senior Chinese Officials.