Chinese professor builds home-made Li-Fi network

Chinese professor Chi Nan has built her own Li-Fi wireless system that can use LED lights to surf the internet. Li-Fi is not new, but instead of developing specialized hardware, Chi bought her components on Taobao (a major Chinese e-commerce website).

The professor from Fudan University demonstrated her technology at the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai. Unlike traditional Wi-Fi routers that use radio signals, Li-Fi relies on light to send and receive data wirelessly.

Chi, an expert on optical fibers, said that she was simply interested in the promise of Li-Fi. “I just wanted to play around,” she said. Funding also came from the local Shanghai government, which has made research in the area a goal.


Li-Fi could be deployed in everyday LED bulbs, with light-based Internet connections covering the interior of entire homes or buildings. The data connection speeds can also reach several gigabits per second. Chi’s own system runs at 150 Mbps by using a small number of LED bulbs each at one watt. “With a more powerful LED light, we can reach 3.5 Gbps speeds,” she added.

Source:, Wired

Former Google executive now working in China: blown away

Hugo Barra was well-known as Vice President of Android Product Management. Every year at Google’s biggest conference Barra would show off Android’s latest features. Then last year, Barra quit Google to work for the Chinese company XiaoMi. In December, he gave a talk in Paris at LeWeb about how utterly blown away he has been by China.

In his talk he discusses some interesting statistics and mentions very successful Chinese internet companies like Taobao, WeChat, DIDI, MoMo, JingDong and AliPay. While most foreigners living in China know these companies quite well and are also aware that Taobao is twice the size of eBay and Amazon combined, these Chinese companies are still much less known in the rest of the world. Recent IPO’s in China are even less mentioned in foreign media.


Therefore the compilation of facts and figures presented by Barra in his talk is very interesting for everyone who wants to get up to speed the growing innovative entrepreneurial workforce and spirit in China.

Read more: Business Insider or view the talk on YouTube

China Elected 104 New Academicians in 2013

On 19th December 2013, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) announced names of their newly elected Academicians, the highest academic honor in the field of science and technology in China. 53 out of 391 nominated candidates are elected as CAS Academicians this time, expanding the CAS membership to 750. CAE elected 51 out of 560, which made its total number of Academicians 807.

In addition, CAS elected 9 new foreign Academicians from the USA, France, Denmark, Israel, Brazil and India, including Israeli Nobel Prize winner Aaron Ciechanover. CAE also elected 6 foreign members from the USA, Australia and Denmark.

Read more about this news at CAS website and CAE website.

Netherlands-Asia Summer School will organize 2014 edition at Peking University

On 2 December, Marjan Oudeman, Supervisory Board member of the Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS) and president of Utrecht University signed an agreement with PKU’s vice president Li Yansong in Beijing to expand the international summer school from Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai to Beijing. The main aim of the NAHHS is to allow Dutch students to obtain better understanding of and new networks in Asia.

NAHSS summer school

After two editions in Hong Kong and Taipei and company visits in Shanghai, the NAHSS will allow 100 excellent Dutch students a short-term study programme in the fields of business, management, engineering, humanities, social sciences and language in 4 Asian cities in 2014. The Peking University will be the fourth host university for Dutch students offering business and humanities courses focused on Asia.

The annual summer schools are organised through a unique public-private partnership between Dutch universities, companies and the government, including the Dutch Ministries of Education and Economic Affairs. Students from 13 Dutch research-universities can apply online via the official NAHSS-website for next year’s summer school which will focus on the theme of ‘urbanisation’. The deadline has been set on 31 December 2013.

THE Ranking: China boasts more top universities than any other emerging economy

The Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 was released last week to rank universities in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, as well as 17 other “emerging economies”.

Peking University tops the table, with Tsinghua University second. Four of the top 10 and 23 of the top 100 institutions are Chinese. The other two in the top 10 are the University of Science and Technology (USTC) of CAS and Fudan University in Shanghai.

The next best represented regions are Taiwan (21), India (10), Turkey (7), then South Africa and Thailand (five each).

The new THE Ranking used Thomson Reuters data and the same methodology as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It covered the standards of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook by using 13 performance indicators. It only considered institutions in countries classified as “emerging economies” by FTSE, including the “BRICS” nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa

China boasts more top universities than any other emerging economy