2017 Innovation Vitality Index of Nanjing Jiangbei New Area
On July 3, Nanjing Jiangbei New Area and Zijin Media Think Tank (ZMT) have jointly released the 2017 Report of the Innovation Vitality Index of Nanjing Jiangbei New Area.
As the first assessment system in China, this index will be released periodically. The index developed by ZMT Center for Big Data and Social Computing, assesses the innovation potential, the innovation input, the innovation industrial organization and the innovation outcome. From the first released innovation vitality index, it can be seen that Jiangbei New Area was keen on innovation and maintained a steady growth in every field since its inception two years ago. Jiangbei New Area is shouldering the great expectations and responsibility of setting an example of reshaping its development in the eastern coastal areas.


 

 

Guests present at the release conference are Professor Hong Yinxing, Director of ZMT Academic Committee, former Secretary of Communist Party Committee and Senior Professor of Liberal Arts of Nanjing University, Jiang Hong, Deputy Director of the Department of Science and Technology of Jiangsu Province, Luo Qun, Member of CPC Nanjing Standing Committee and Standing Deputy Secretary of Communist Party Working Committee of Jiangbei New Area, Li Baoping, Deputy Director of the Management Committee of Jiangbei New Area, Chen Chanmei, Deputy Director of the Management Committee of Jiangbei New Area, Zhou Xiaohong, Director of ZMT, Dean of School of Social and Behavioral Science of Nanjing University, Changjiang Distinguished Professor, Sun Jianjun, Deputy Director of ZMT, Dean of School of Information Management. Changjiang Distinguished Professor. Heads of other departments and organizations also attended the conference.

 
Li Baoping
Deputy Director of the Management Committee of Jiangbei New Area

Deputy Director of the Management Committee of Jiangbei New Area, Li Baoping hosted the release conference.
 
 
Jiang Hong
Deputy Director of the Department of Science and Technology of Jiangsu Province

 
Deputy Director of the Department of Science and Technology of Jiangsu Province, Jiang Hong praised the innovation vitality index. He said that the index would help to make the whole area pay attention to scientific and technological innovation. As a result, innovative resources would converge at Jiangbei New Area, which would boost the innovation-oriented development in this area. The index would also help to draw a fine panorama image of Jiangbei New Area in the past, the present and the future by interpreting big data and new data. He also expressed his hope that the index would soon become the indicator of the development of Jiangbei New Area and facilitate its sustainable development. He said he would continue supporting the efforts Jiangbei New Area made in promoting innovation and would provide more services and help. In the collective toil of the authorities and people, Jiangbei New Area would become the new growth pole of Jiangsu’s economy.


 
 
Luo Qun
Standing Deputy Secretary of Communist Party Working Committee of Jiangbei New Area, Member of CPC Nanjing Standing Committee
        
Member of CPC Nanjing Standing Committee, and Standing Deputy Secretary of Communist Party Working Committee of Jiangbei New Area, Luo Qun pointed out in his speech that on its approvals, Jiangbei New Area was strategically set to build as an independently innovation pioneering area, a demonstrative example of new urbanization, a modern industry cluster in the Yangtze River delta, and an important platform for Yangtze River Economic Belt to open up to and cooperate with the outer world. That’s to say, the new area was destined to make innovations and to shoulder the mission to develop through innovation. As the only state-level new area in Jiangsu, Jiangbei New Area is held with high expectation by the provincial Party Committee and provincial government, the municipal Party Committee and municipal government. Secretary of provincial Party Committee, Li Qiang pointed out that Jiangbei New Area should work on innovation. It should step up the pace in building a new system and focus on constructing a new development formation. In so doing, Jiangbei New Area can boost the economy continuously and forge itself into the origin of innovation as well as the pioneer and important growth pole in Jiangsu.
 
Luo listed four advantages, which in his view made Jiangbei New Area qualified with the potential to become the new origin place of innovation. First of all, Jiangbei New Area is home to many universities and colleges. Secondly, Jiangbei New Area has built an innovation core centered in Research and Innovation Park and its comprehensive strength grows significantly. Thirdly, Jiangbei New Area has aggregated high-tech industries featured with intelligent manufacturing and life and health, in which integrated circuit industry is booming. Fourthly, Jiangbei New Area exerts great efforts in building an eco-system and innovative culture conducive to innovation and establishing new businesses. At the present, Jiangbei New Area has established an intellectual property right court, an arbitration court, a branch center for safeguarding intellectual property rights and other related services and assessment institutions. Through talents apartments and Maker culture, Jiangbei New Area builds a social circle and cultural circle of innovation and starting new businesses. In the near future, Jingbei New Area will genuinely become the innovation advanced area. As the first innovation index of a state-level new area, the 2017 Report of the Innovation Vitality Index of Nnajing Jiangbei New Area has profound significance in summarizing Jiangbei New Area’s experience of innovative development, demonstrating its innovation vitality, facilitating the cooperation and communication between state-level new areas, leading high-end innovation resources home and abroad to converge and promoting the great leap of Jiangbei New Area. In the end, Luo looked forwards to further cooperation with ZMT to assess and make policy for Jiangbei New Area.

 
Hong Yinxing
Director of ZMT Academic Committee, former Secretary of Communist Party of Nanjing University

 
Director of ZMT Academic Committee, former Secretary of Communist Party of Nanjing University and senior professor of liberal arts, Hong Yinxing delivered a keynote speech themed on Developing New Drive of Regional Innovation. In his speech, Hong pointed out that the current new drive for economic growth was to reshape the regional economic geography, and the planning and development of Jiangbei New Area should be put into the perspective of reshaping regional economic geography. Guided by this conception, Hong came up with four points.
 
Firstly, regional competitiveness depends on industrial competitiveness. In regards to regional development, once the industrial upgrading is completed, other matters will fall into place. The newness can be seen in new industry and new economy. Jiangbei New Area should work on promoting industrial upgrade and ridding the area of pollution and backwards production capacity.

Secondly, after achievements were made in cutting production overcapacity and destocking, the focus of the structural reform of the supply front should be shifted to fostering new drives, making what should be ridded of replaced by new drives, so that the economic growth was propelled by new drives and the production factors occupied by excess or ineffective production capacity could transfer to new drives. The core of new drive is strategic emerging industries. Jiangbei New Area should develop advanced manufacturing industries and high-end industries.

 
Thirdly, innovation-driven mode help foster drives for new development and industry upgrading. To extend Jiangbei New Area’s strengths from technology to industries so as to benefit the national economy, industrial innovation should be pursued to create new growth points. To achieve industrial innovation, we should rely on research universities to obtain core technologies of new industries. Nanjing enjoys huge advantages in science and education. The key is to transform the advantages in science and education into advantages in industries. That is to yield original and disruptive industrial technology based on the high-level studies of research universities. Universities and companies jointly build innovation platform to promote innovation on industry, education and research. As the beneficiary of the profits of innovative products, companies should be the major investor of the innovation platform without doubt, and attract universities and experts to join in the innovation platform. The government should work as the glue between the industry and the academia (universities and research centers). To achieve industrial innovation, it also need to combine scientific and technological innovation and technology entrepreneurship. The eco-system of establishing new businesses with technology should also be minded. The keys to successfully establishing new businesses with technology are tech entrepreneurs and the smooth risk investment channel. Another key is providing risk investment for projects that are with technology but short of money. And, of course, Internet Plus is also indispensable in establishing new businesses with technology.

Fourthly, Jiangbei New Area should converge innovation factors to boost the innovation in the area. The vitality of economy comes from the dynamics of innovation, the capability of innovation, the tolerance of new things, related support system, government’s ability to integrate resources, and most importantly, enterprises’ vitality. It should be noticed that scientific and technological innovations are not necessarily in the same place with the industrialization of innovation achievements when people try to promote the aggregation of innovation industries. Innovation centers in areas should also have the functions of modern cities and should be equipped with more urban elements. The opener, more international a city is, the more modernized it would be.


 
Sun Jianjun
Deputy Director of ZMT, Changjiang Distinguished Professor,
Dean of the School of Information Management Nanjing University

 
On behalf of the research group, Professor Sun Jiangjun, Deputy Director of ZMT, released the 2017 Report of the Innovation Vitality Index of Nnajing Jiangbei New Area and elaborated on the index. From the innovation vitality index, it can be seen that Jiangbei New Area is committed to aggregating quality innovation resources and fulfilling their potential. Innovation industrial organization and innovation outcome are praisable. The comprehensive innovation vitality index of 2016 reached 109.79. Compared with 2012, it increased by 25.92, a 31.91% rise, and to 2015, a 9.79% rise. The innovation vitality index is evidently activated, showing a good momentum of innovation vitality’s transforming into growth dynamics.
 
The first-grade indicators in the innovation vitality index of Jiangbei New Area are the potential of innovation resources, the capability of aggregating innovation resources, the innovation industrial organization and the outcome of innovation drive. Among the four indicators, as the driving factor, the aggregation of innovation resources increased most significantly. In 2016, the index of the aggregation of innovation resources, which increased most rapidly, hit 111.39, up by 11.39% compared with 2015. The index of the outcome of innovation drive and the index of the potential of innovation resources witnessed significant cumulative growth of 49.91% and 40.06%, respectively, which shows that over the past five years the outcome of innovation drive and the aggregation of innovation drive potential were most distinct. Affected by the adjustment of industrial structure, the index of the innovation industrial organization increased relatively slowly, and it increased by 6.24% compared with 2015.

The index of the potential of innovation resources mainly assesses such basic resources as innovative talents, economic vitality and scientific and technological resources. It is the supporting factor in the innovation development of state-level new areas. The index of the potential of innovation resources of Jiangbei New Area went up from 78.00 to 109.25, with an increase of 40.06%. From the statistics, the adjustment of industrial structure in Jiangbei New Area has accelerated, and the effect of economic vitality and growth pole started to show. Besides, more and more top talents and quality innovative people came to Jiangbei New Area. Primarily, quality enterprises and talents aggregated in Jiangbei from such fields as integrated circuit, biomedicine, and new energy vehicles. The index of the innovation potential has generally moved up from 79.14 in 2012 to 112.50 in 2016, which rose by 12.5% compared with 2015.

The index of the capability of aggregating innovation resources mainly assesses the aggregation of mobile resources. These resources include the population, capital, and technology. From 2012 to 2016, this index increased from 90.85 to 110.77, and it maintained a robust momentum after the establishment of the New Area. More and more people are settling down in Jiangbei. And many policy bonuses promote this trend. Jiangbei New Area is abler in attracting investments from different sides, such as the government investment, investment from financial institutions, social investment, corporate investment and foreign investment. So is its ability in aggregating innovation technology. The ratio of the number of patents applied in Jiangbei New Ares to that in Nanjing went up from 10.65% in 2011 to 15.20% in 2016. The concentration of technological resources in the area is denser. Especially over the past two years, the ratio of patent application increased significantly due to the strategy of the development driven by innovation.

The index of innovation industrial organization swelled from 92.36 in 2012 to 106.24 in 2016, with an increase of 15.03%, which shows that high-tech industries have already played an important role in the industrial pattern in Jiangbei New Area. The number and the output value of high-tech enterprises grew steadily. High-tech industries predominate in Jiangbei New Area. Such industries consist of electronics and information, optical, mechanical and electronic integration, environmental protection, biomedicine, new material and new energy, and energy saving. Presently, the industry cluster of integrated circuit is taking shape in Jiangbei New Area.

The index of the outcome of innovation drive assesses the innovation output in the new area, which consists of direct output and indirect output. From 2012 to 2016, Jiangbei New Area exerted great efforts in aggregating innovative resources and promoting development driven by innovation and praisable results were yielded in institutional innovation, process optimization, resources aggregation and platform construction. The index of the outcome of innovation drive climbed from 73.25 in 2012 to 109.80 in 2016, with an annual increase of 10.71%, which demonstrated the feature of giving priority to innovation outcomes and innovation drive.

Finally, the report envisaged the tendency of the development of Jiangbei New Area based on the four indictors of the index. Firstly, Jiangbei New Area should build a sounder innovation eco-system and a system for incubating innovations. With its strategic positioning as a pioneer new area, Jiangbei New Area should take the lead in policy and action. It should build an innovation-oriented development system in line with innovating the industrial chain from innovation origin and innovation service platform to the incubation of innovative industries and the cultivation of innovation industries. Secondly, Jiangbei New Area should further fulfill the potential of innovation resources. The development of Jiangbei New Area should be put under the backdrop of the globe. As the transportation infrastructure and network infrastructure improve, the development of the new area should break the limits of the existing mindset. It should take the advantageous resources of Nanjing, of the eastern region, or even the whole country and the whole world to incorporate into the international competition. In so doing, it can truly become the leader of comprehensive opening up and the bond of collaboration and cooperation between industries in different areas. Thirdly, Jiangbei New Area should make good use of the platform for innovation and establishing new businesses and the high-tech industries to define the direction of the core industries. To build a center for industrial technology innovation with global influence, Jiangebi New Area should target and keep up with the frontier of the new technology revolution. It must attract investment masterly to build an industry cluster and supporting industry system worthy of billion yuan. Employing new technology nurtures strategic new industries and reforms traditional industries to promote the traditional industries to the middle and high end. Fourthly, Jiangbei New Area should cultivate its culture of innovation and starting new businesses among the government, the enterprises and the people. Various events and projects can be carried out in the new area to encourage innovation and establishing new businesses. Finally, in the future the new area will double its efforts to draw on the culture and cultural value generated by the innovation and attract more talents. Except for technology innovation, management innovation, business type innovation, Jiangbei New Area should also give attention to culture and thinking innovation. Except for building a pioneer in industry and trade, Jiangbei New Area should also forge itself as a pioneer in thoughts and cultural exchanges, so that excellent culture can be integrated into the various innovative products.

 

 
 

After the 2017 Report of the Innovation Vitality Index of Nnajing Jiangbei New Area was released, reporters eagerly posed questions. Fan Jing, Director of Sci-tech Innovation and Policy Planning Bureau of Jiangbei New Area Administrative Committee, Professor Min Xueqin, from the School of Social and Behavioral Science and Secretary General of ZMT, Doctor Pei Lei, researcher of ZMT, Doctor Yan Jiaqi, researcher of ZMT answered the questions.