At the Alibaba Executive Centre, the NTU delegation gained a greater understanding of the e-commerce and technology giant’s history, current operations and corporate social responsibility efforts. Among its many initiatives, as of April 2019, 500 million Alipay users have contributed to the planting of 100 million trees in China, as part of Alibaba’s efforts in making China a greener place.
The visit, hosted by Alibaba Vice Presidents Drs Jin Rong, Hua Xiansheng and Jia Yangqing, rode on the strong collaboration ties between the two organisations. NTU and Alibaba will continue in their efforts to research and develop technology for the good of society.
While in Hangzhou, Prof Suresh and NTU leaders met Mr Cheng Yuechong, Vice Governor of Zhejiang province. Mr Cheng shared about the economic and societal development of Zhejiang, a place where NTU has many collaborations and alumni. Building on the current solid foundation, NTU and Zhejiang province are committed to deepening their education and research collaboration.
Prof Suresh also met Zhejiang University (ZJU) President Prof Wu Zhaohui on this trip. Both universities have ongoing exchange programmes and collaborations in research. Earlier this year, researchers from NTU and Zhejiang University scored a research breakthrough in devising a unique way for photons to transmit information and energy which could lead to future applications in lasers and optical devices.