Institute of Asia Industry Competitiveness (IAIC)

Institute of Asia Industry Competitiveness


To become the Asia’s leading Research Hub for Asia Industry Competitiveness, we will establish IAIS as an International Industry-Academia Collaboration Research.


Our mission is to advance scholarship, advise business leaders and policymakers, and develop practical, research-based projects mainly under three core areas:

  1. Market Research and Consumer Trends
  2. Business Model
  3. Business Strategy and Competitiveness

Core Strategies

  1. Advancement of original industry research and enhancing Wenzhou-Kean University’s research to the world;
  2. Promote international development of Wenzhou-Kean University by building strategic partnership with international and domestic companies in Asia;
  3. Awarding seed money and stipends to encourage innovative, high quality research and grant submissions in College of Business and Public Management;
  4. Sponsoring a business and industry speaker series and workshops;
  5. CBPM faculty and students to receive the assistance they need for developing and submitting grant proposals.


Director: Dr. Candy Lim Chiu, College of Business and Public Management.

Co-director: Dr. Ho Han-Chiang & Dr. Somkiat Mansumitrchai, College of Business and Public Management.

Research Collaboration

Wenzhou-Kean University, cooperating with the government, universities, research institutions, non-governmental organizations and other related organizations of New Jersey, founded Zhejiang-Kean Institution of Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. The institution focuses on attracting overseas high-level talents and introducing science and technology programs into strategic emerging industries. These aim at making full use of North-American talent resources in science and technology; creating platforms for Sino-US talent introduction, business incubators, industrial and financial investments, entrepreneurs’ friendship building and talent resources; promoting Sino-US cooperation in science, technology, economics and trade; contributing to regional economic and social development. Additionally, the institution makes connections with economic and technological development zones, new and high technology industry development zones, industry clusters, university science parks and enterprises to provide services for transferring technical achievements. At the same time, it offers science and technology companies and high and new technology industries a range of supporting services, involving the science information and management counseling, personnel training, exchanges in science, technology, economy and trade, as well as services for financial investment.

  • Wenzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone (WETDZ) – Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU) Strategic Cooperation

In order to deepen the strategic industry-university-research (IUR) cooperation between the university and the local government, to promote the sharing of high-quality resources between the two sides, and to enhance regional innovation capabilities, the management committee of Wenzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone (WETDZ) and Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU) have developed an all-round cooperation in economy, trade, scientific research, innovation, entrepreneurship, personnel training, internship, employment and decision-making consultation. In scientific research cooperation, companies in the development zone are encouraged to cooperate with WKU to establish laboratories and R&D centers, and actively introduce high-tech talents and projects from American universities and research institutions to develop and implement innovation projects in science and technology.

The management committee will priorly provide these cooperated projects with district level financial support as well as support the declaration of R&D centers and technology projects of all levels and all kinds. In order to promote the development of innovation and entrepreneurship, the overseas entrepreneurship parks, business incubators, and maker spaces give priority to offering opportunities for WKU students to start up business. Students’ enterprises will also enjoy preferential policies for business incubators and other related areas. Up till now, ten Wenzhou-Kean University international talents fieldwork bases such as Penta-Chutian Laser (Wenzhou) Co.,Ltd have been established. Also, WKU — Makepower Electronic Joint Research Center and WKU – ERKN Biology Research & Development Lab have been established. Ten outstanding Entrepreneurs have been hired to work as business startup tutors in Wenzhou-Kean University Makerspace.

  • Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU) Maker Space (Sino-US Youth Maker Space Center)

In order to actively respond to the national strategy “mass entrepreneurship and innovation”, Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU) and Onehrt Group jointly create an international Maker Space with a focus on the innovation and entrepreneurship among university students. This Maker Space covers nearly 4000 square meters, which has diverse areas for office work, project presentation, Maker discussion, project exhibition and so on. Combined with the international advantages of WKU, Onehrt Group provides WKU students with an open, free and diverse entrepreneurship education and Maker service. 25 groups have entered this Maker Space since then. In 2017, the Maker Space successfully passed the city level evaluation.

  • WKU Autism Research Center

To meet the special needs of autistic children, we have developed offline products as well as online applications to help them receive high-quality education and leading a better life.

Contact Us



GEH B313





GEH B303





GEB B303


Fund Opportunities & Support

There is a wide range of research programs and schemes sponsored by various national, provincial and municipal funding bodies which are available for WKU faculty and staff to apply for.

WKU Timeline for Regular Funding Schemes

On Call

Coming soon

2018/2019 WKU Students Partnering with Faculty (SpF) Research Program & WKU Students Partnering with Staff (SpS) Research Program

2019 Fundamental Public Welfare Research Program 浙江省基础公益研究计划项目

Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China 教育部社科司关于征集2018年度教育部哲学社会科学研究重大课题攻关项目选题的通知

National Natural Science Foundation of China 国家自然科学基金项目申请

National Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science 2018年度国家社会科学基金项目申报公告

Department of Education of Zhejiang Province — 2017-2018 Key Program for Humanities and Social Science Projects 2017—2018年度浙江省高校重大人文社科攻关项目

2017 Wenzhou Social Science Planning Program 2017年度温州社会科学规划课题立项申报

Science and Technology Department of Zhejiang Province 2018年度浙江省基础公益研究计划项目

Education Department of Zhejiang Province 2017年省教育厅一般科研项目

Zhejiang Provincial Philosophy and Social Science 关于做好2018年度浙江省哲学社会科学规划课题申报工作的通知

Science Technology Department of Zhejiang Province 浙江省科技厅关于组织2018年度软科学研究计划项目申报通知

National Natural Science Foundation of China 国家自然科学基金

Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China 教育部人文社科一般项目

National Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science  2017年度国家社会科学基金项目申报公告

Wenzhou Municipal Science and Technology Bureau 2017年温州市科技计划项目

Ministry of Science and Technology, P. R. China

China International Science and Technology Cooperation

Department of Social Sciences, Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China

Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China

Zhejiang Provincial Social Science Website

Science Technology Department of Zhejiang Province

Zhejiang Education Government

Wenzhou Social Science Association

Asian Development Bank

The Asia Foundation

KEAN Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

WKU Student Partnering with Faculty (SpF) Research Programs SpF II

If you have any questions, please contact ORSP

Research News