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RIIT is positioned to be the main outlet channel of Tsinghua University’s research in information technologies. Its set goal is to serve national interests and meet industrial demands by forging infrastructures for collaboratively undertaking large-scale and cutting-edge technological innovations. The infrastructure enables the formation of special task forces by combining resources from various sectors.

Industrial collaborations have fueled the growth of RIIT. Over the years, RIIT has taken on large research programs funded by the central and local governments such as programs of 863, 973, and the Natural Science Foundation. Because of the exposure to to team structure and focused, customer-oriented mindset, RIIT has attracted myriad corporations, large and small, international and domestic, to form alliances. As a matter of fact, the funding from IC has taken over as the leading source of revenue and RIIT has become one of the top research institutes at Tsinghua University in terms of funding.

RIIT and its partners generally use three scenarios: research grants, joint institutes, or licenses and royalties to accommodate varied needs. Projects that acquire a grant are generally proposed and funded by companies; the technologists that carry out research, as well as the facility and equipment, are mainly supplied by Tsinghua University. In the case of joint research labs, researchers are from both parties. RIIT’s facilities have suited many industry partners such as Boeing, Nokia, and Sony. In the case of license and royalty the university provides the license or transfer technology to companies with a certain fee as the contract states.

RIIT IC is a win-win situation; the research group and it’s partners take external resources and convert them into results and patents. Through jointly performing high-level and cutting-edge scientific research, RIIT aims to become one of the most prestigious IT institutes in the world.