EIT Outreach Beyond Europe Programme

Expansion to China

Shanghai China square

EIT Climate-KIC aims to enhance its global climate impact and one of the key potential international ecosystems for collaboration is China.

China is the world’s third largest economy after the EU and the USA with plans to move to an innovation-driven society, to foster a world class business environment and to open access to many sectors such as telecoms, medical services and new energy vehicles. Key opportunities include upgrading the manufacturing sector, provision of better services, modernisation of agriculture, and many more.

The links between China and the EU are strong, highlighted by the 2018 EU-China summit attended by Presidents Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, where there was agreement to further develop the EU-China strategic partnership. The EIT community also took note of the Commission proposal of 12 March 2019 listing 10 actions to review relations with China and will align its activities with EU policy lines. This means that there is considerable momentum and opportunities to consider the establishment of an EIT office in Beijing and engage with Chinese organisations in order to strengthen the European innovation ecosystem through the EIT activities.

The EIT Community has asked EIT Climate-KIC to lead on the establishment of an EIT Office in Beijing with the official opening planned for February 2020.

The EIT Innovation Communities involved in the cross-KIC work in this location are: EIT Digital, EIT Food, EIT Health and EIT Raw Materials, led by EIT Climate-KIC.


  • Mary Ritter, International Ambassador and Former CEO, EIT Climate-KIC
  • Pan Pan, Director China programme, EIT Climate-KIC
  • Jonas Van Bockhaven, Cross-KIC Project Officer, EIT Outreach Beyond Europe Programme, EIT Climate-KIC
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