Author: Franziska Walther


IURC China Cooperation Webinar: Urban Planning and Design for Inclusive, Productive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities

The sustainability, productivity and resilience of urban systems heavily depend on transformation through urban planning and design, with the interaction of different stakeholders, allowing for reliable and forward-thinking collaboration among citizens, politicians and municipal administration. Of course, as each European and Chinese city has its own identity and socio-economic conditions, there is no one-fits-all solution. However, cities may network and...

IURC China Bilateral Working Session on Sustainable Agri-Food System : Lazio Region – Zhengzhou City

On 29 September, delegates from Zhengzhou City (China) and Lazio region (Italy) participated in a bilateral working session to discuss potential cooperation on sustainable agri-food system. The delegates exchanged experiences and shared regulatory and technical knowledge, identified potential pilot projects focusing on food safety, urban and peri-urban agriculture, organic farming, and circularity in agriculture, aiming for resilience and responsiveness in...

EU-China Cooperation in Education, Jobs & Skills: New Skills Agenda for Sustainability, Competitiveness, and Innovation

On 28th September, the IURC-China cooperation webinar on Education, Jobs, and Skills invited European and Chinese cities and regions in a collaborative and participatory environment to share best practices for achieving competitiveness and innovation, by enabling citizens through quality and inclusive education, training and lifelong learning to participate fully in society and manage successfully in the labour market transition. The...

Early Success Story from IURC China and Much More

In IURC-China, the European and Chinese pilot cities and regions are facing similar challenges in urban transformation, industrial upgrading and environmental sustainability, albeit in varying social and economic contexts. They are keen to learn from each other’s good practices, share experiences and find common solutions through IURC-China networks. We underline some exciting findings and lessons learnt from our activities since...

IURC-China Thematic Cooperation Webinar on Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-food System

On 23 June 2022, as part of the IURC China thematic cluster working sessions, IURC-China organized a webinar on Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-food System. The webinar focused on policies, knowledge and innovative solutions in the agriculture sector, aiming to share how cities and regions achieve transition towards green, circular and bio-economy and resilient agri-food systems, and discuss how EU-China cooperation...

Zoom-in Europe (I): Regional Innovation & Smart Sustainable Specialisation Strategies in the EU

IURC-China successfully organized the first “Zoom-in Europe” online training session “Regional Innovation in the EU”, on Thursday 02 June 2022. The online training session aims to bring together urban and regional stakeholders to understand the design and implementation process of the European Regional Innovation policies. Mr. Amadeo Jensana, the Cluster Manager of IURC China on Regional Innovation, gave a speech...

IURC China Webinar | Regional Innovation & Smart Sustainable Specialisation Strategies

On 2 June 2022, IURC China has organised the cooperation networking webinar on the Regional Innovation & Smart Specialisation Strategies. The event involved 14 European and Chinese regions, which are committed to transforming their economies and societies through further developing their strategic policy framework for innovation, industrialisation, sustainability and social development. Participants are from not only regional governments, but also...

Technology 4.0 & Industry 5.0 and Innovation for a Green and Digital Transition | IURC-China Cooperation Networking Webinar

The EU and China share the objective of sustainable green growth. Policies and investments are put in the position to support the innovation in green technologies and the transformation of industry towards modern and competitive economies. the European Union has made its emission reduction programme not only more ambitious towards green and digital transition but legally binding in Industrial Emissions...

Zoom-in China Series (IV): Opportunities from China’s Green Transition

IURC - China teamed up with EU SME Centre and co-organized a training session on 13 April 2022, which provided the participants with an overview of the key elements and main directions of China’s green transition efforts, particularly focusing on the areas of interest for EU businesses. It also provided an overview of the main market entry strategies that the...

Valencia Region-Chengdu Cooperation on Cultural and Creative Ecosystem

Cultural and creative industries are crucial in terms of their footprint on economic growth and employment. They drive innovation and contribute to positive social impact.  They are among the hardest hit by COVID, meanwhile, among the key sectors for recovery. In these circumstances, on 7 April 2022, the delegates from Region Valencia and Chengdu met and discussed the latest evidence...