The organic combination of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ elements in planning: Development, Operation and Upgrading of Suzhou Industrial Park


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Date: April 21, 2021
  • Time: 14:00-16:00
  • Venue: EB138 (North Campus)
  • Language: Chinese


Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) was established in February 1994 with the approval of the State Council of the People's Republic of China. As the first important cooperation project between the governments of China and Singapore, SIP has been well known as an ‘important window for China's reform and opening up’ and a ‘successful example of international cooperation’. After 27 years of rapid development and tremendous transformation, SIP is now striving to achieve a new goal of building itself into a ‘world-class high-tech park’ and ‘first-class pilot free trade zone’, and playing the role of ‘new urban center of future Suzhou’.

We’ve invited the second Director of Singapore Software Experience Learning Office to reflect and excavate key values of SIP's experience. How to comprehensively consider the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ elements in urban planning? Why is ‘soft’ planning the key to the implementation of ‘hard’ planning? How to organically combine ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ elements in the development of SIP to achieve continuous self-leapfrogging during the past 27 years?


Professor Dasheng Zhao is the Deputy Director of the Academic Committee of the SCP Future City Research Center of Soochow University. He is appointed as a Distinguished Project Expert of the China Development Zone Association and Honarary Professor in a number of universities. Professor Zhao was the first batch of the government sponsored students to study abroad since the reform and opening-up. Previous positions include Vice President of Suzhou Vocational University, General Manager of China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Development Company (CSSD), Deputy Director of Suzhou Industrial Park and Director of the Singapore Experience Learning Office. His main research interests are the planning and development of development zones and the comparative studies of cultural differences between China and foreign countries. Since November 1992, he has participated in the preliminary planning and preparation of Sino Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park and has written the feasibility report of establishing Suzhou Industrial Park and the general business agreements of Suzhou Industrial Park. Since 1987, he has published 17 books including Foreign Business Practice of Export-oriented Enterprises, Foreign Public Relations and Negotiation Skills, In-depth Interpretation of Suzhou Industrial Park and Innovation and Development of Suzhou Development Zonesas well as more than 50 papers and 4 translated books.


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