"This cooperation allows AIT faculty and students to gain a better appreciation of the enterprise success, innovative ability, and entrepreneurial spirit of Shenzhen — a global technology hub," AIT President Dr. Eden Woon said.
In order to continue to promote diversified cooperation under the auspices of the AIT Belt & Road Research Center, AIT has signed an MOU with DeepRock company of Shenzhen in launching a cooperation to foster connections between AIT and enterprises in Shenzhen. DeepRock was founded by renowned China entrepreneur Wang Shi, who founded in Shenzhen the internationally prestigious Vanke Development Company in the 1980s.
This cooperation will have the theme of "Social Impact with Innovation”, with AIT leveraging its strength in sustainability studies and in its network of students from the Belt and Road region, and DeepRock — through its association with Vanke, leveraging on Shenzhen’s strength in enterprises which are models of innovation and entrepreneurship in China and the world. DeepRock will help AIT faculty and students with access to Shenzhen enterprises for visits, internships, and collaboration, with the support from Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation (SFIEC) and Shenzhen Non-Governmental Organization Federation (ShenZhenNGO).
The centerpiece of the AIT-DeepRock cooperation is the “AIT-Shenzhen Enterprises Program (ASEP)”. ASEP consists of a 4-week experience in Shenzhen for 20 AIT students each summer, in alignment with the students’ interests and fields of study. The first week will involve visitations to global corporate giants of Shenzhen, such as Tencent, Huawei, BGI, Vanke, among others. The next two weeks will be spent on internship in one of Shenzhen’s many enterprises, with the final week being participation in academic and athletic competitions and team-building activities in Shenzhen. Local expenses and arrangements will be provided by DeepRock. Tentatively, the ASEP program will begin in the summer of 2020.
President Eden Woon, said: “This cooperation with DeepRock allows AIT faculty and students to gain a better appreciation of the enterprise success, innovative ability, and entrepreneurial spirit of Shenzhen — a global technology hub — and a deeper understanding of China. Specifically, ASEP will benefit greatly those students who will have a unique opportunity to have a one-month enterprises experience, which includes internship, in Shenzhen.”