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Chinese Research Park incubates hope for scholarly spinoffs

from The Chronicle of Higher Education

The science park for China's leading technological university feels like a fantasy-land of entrepreneurship: gilded lounges, grand banquet rooms, a museum and movie theater on site — all packed into a set of matching skyscrapers around a central plaza that resembles New York City's Rockefeller Center. Mei Meng, the founder and director of Tsinghua Science Park, or TusPark, jokingly apologized for the luxury of the place. "People ask, should a science park be this beautiful?" he said, through a translator. It would have been more appropriate to build a series of garages, he noted, because that is more representative of the kind of innovative company he wants to see built here — a small startup that could become the next Apple or Microsoft. "But because we are so close to Tsinghua University and the land cost is very high, we actually can't afford to build garages," he said with a smile. "That's why we can only afford to build nice tall buildings like this." more


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