Guangzhou International Sister-City Universities Alliance

Guangzhou International Sister-City Universities Alliance
In December 2018, the Guangzhou International Sister Cities University Alliance (GISU) was created.
The University of Padua is one of the founding member universities of the alliance, which is committed to establishing a multilateral exchange mechanism to promote friendly exchanges between scholars from sister cities.The alliance aims to strengthen the ties and exchanges between Guangzhou’s international sister cities and their local universities, and provide a platform for member universities to share international academic resources, encourage education and scientific and technological cooperation, enhance the vitality of urban development, and promote urban development.

Supported by the People's Government of the Guangzhou Municipality, GISU’s mission is to attract and leverage the academic resources of its members in close collaboration for the sustainable development of our cities. Strategic goals of each city's economic and social development should be considered with the basic idea of promoting sustainable urban development through scientific and technological innovation.

The Inauguration ceremony was held at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Conference Center, P.R. China, with all the representatives of the member universities present. The Alliance of Guangzhou International Sister-City Universities (GISU) currently includes 18 members, representing 15 countries, 17 sister and friendly cities, with a combined population of almost 38 million, over half a million students and 44,000 faculty and staff.

 

Current GISU member universities are: 

GISU member universities

  • Belarusian State University of Physical Culture
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Durban University of Technology 
  • Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Guangzhou Medical University
  • Guangzhou University
  • Incheon National University
  • Linköpings Universitet
  • Middle East Technical University
  • National Technical University of Ukraine (“Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”)
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia
  • Tampere University
  • Université du Québec à Montréal 
  • University of Coimbra
  • University of Padova
  • University of the West of England 
  • University of Zaragoza
  • Western Sydney University

2022 Urban Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

The third Urban Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition sponsored by the Alliance of Guangzhou International Sister-City Universities and hosted by the University of Padua will be held from February to November 2022.

The competition is promoted by members of the GISU alliance with the support of the People's Government of the Guangzhou Municipality.

The theme of the competition is Promoting Sustainable Urban Development with Scientific and Technological Innovation. Based upon this theme, various types of innovation and entrepreneurship-related projects are welcome. Strategic goals of each city's economic and social development should be considered with the basic idea of promoting sustainable urban development through scientific and technological innovation.

Competition Finalists will be judged by the following criteria but not limited to:

  • Innovation
  • Team
  • Commerciality
  • Social Benefits
  • Communication

Eligible participants are full-time students over 18 years old or graduates within 5 years of graduation (graduates after 2017) from GISU member universities. Each team must have at least two participating members and must be actual members of the project. The principal applicant will be considered as the team leader.

Based on different projects and categories, competition groups include:

  • CONCEPT TEAMS: Members of the team have not funded a company, but have a business idea or project.
  • START-UP TEAMS: Members have launched a start-up company. The company must not have been established before 2020. The equity of the legal representative of the participating enterprise shall not be less than 10% and the total equity of the participating members shall not be less than 1/3. The corporate legal representative shall not be allowed to make changes after the announcement of the contest.

The teams are invited to illustrate how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals can benefit from their projects with a specific focus on innovation, multidisciplinary and impactful concepts to include entrepreneurship and innovation.

Digital and Entrepreneurship Academy

The Alliance of Guangzhou International Sister-City Universities (GISU) offers 16 two-hour online non-credit professional development programs in 2022 through its Digital and Entrepreneurship Academy from February 24 to October 22, 2022