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The Great Wall Plan

The Great Wall PlanThe Great Wall Plan is a collection of University Relations programs under the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of China and Microsoft Research Asia on June 27, 2002. Since then, the MOE has presented Microsoft Research Asia with the Outstanding Contribution to Education award for a number of consecutive years.

The Great Wall Plan consists of collaborations with Chinese academia in the following four areas:


Baining Guo, Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia, receives the Outstanding Contribution to Education award.Baining Guo, Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia, receives the Outstanding Contribution to Education award.Great Wall Plan in China Thriving

The series of programs called the Great Wall Plan is helping China become a world-class research hub while enriching the lives of university students and professors. These efforts have earned Microsoft Research Asia the highest honor in education from China’s Ministry of Education. Read more…

Research Collaboration

  • Sponsored more than 500 research projects proposed by China's top universities.
  • Established joint labs with top universities in China; several have been recognized as MOE key labs. The joint labs have conducted more than 100 joint research projects, more than 1,000 product joint publications, and train more than 1,000 Ph.D. students.
  • Established a series of research theme programs that address common interests and have educational value, such as eHeritage, Windows Core, Mobile Plus Cloud Computing, eHealth, Software Radio, and Natural Language Processing.

Talent Development

  • The Stars of Tomorrow internship program has welcomed more than 2,000 students in China to work at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing.
  • The Fellowship program recognizes top-tiered junior Ph.D. students from China in the field of computer science and related areas. Fellows, who are considered to have the potential to become future research leaders, are awarded a scholarship to support their research and receive a unique opportunity to participate in an internship at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing.
  • Microsoft Technology Clubs have been established at top universities across China, hosting more than 10,000 student members every year. The clubs provide students with the latest technologies, tools, and opportunities to apply what they learn to projects at the national level. Approximately 300 software development projects proposed by club members have been sponsored by Microsoft Research Asia.
  • The Young Fellowship program was created in 2006 with a focus on motivating undergraduate students in research projects. The program annually honors selected students from China's top universities. Some of these students have continued to work on the research track by pursuing a Ph.D. degree.
  • The Visiting Young Faculty program supports the early research work of young university faculty. Talented young faculty members are selected to spend six months at Microsoft Research Asia where they work with world-leading researchers.

Curriculum Innovation

  • Researchers at Microsoft Research Asia have volunteered to teach credit courses at universities. Most of the course topics concern cutting-edge technologies that are not yet addressed by formal courses.
  • Microsoft Research Asia has cooperated with the Higher Education Department of the Ministry of Education (MOE) since 2005 to initiate “MOE – Microsoft Elite Courses”. Microsoft is the first MOE partner to deliver a corporate branded curriculum. More than 60 courses have been named under this brand, among which five were recognized as National Elite Courses, the highest level of distinction in China.
  • With curriculum support from Microsoft Research Asia, the Windows Core course was taught extensively in leading Chinese universities, and the new Windows Embedded curriculum has seen a dramatic expansion among universities.
  • The Software Engineering Curriculum Program cultivated high-quality software talent to boost rapid development of the software industry through partnerships with leading universities in China. Three joint software engineering centers were established with Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Tongji University.

Academic Exchanges

  • The annual Computing in the 21st Century Conference, sponsored by Microsoft Research Asia, is recognized as one of the best academic conferences in the computing field in China. More than 10 Nobel Prize winners and more than 15 Turing Award winners have delivered keynote speeches to faculty and students attending the conference. The Microsoft Faculty Summit and the Microsoft Research TechFest are also popular events among Chinese faculty members.
  • The “Together with Microsoft” campus visit has become popular with faculty and students at Chinese universities. Each year, the visit brings advanced technology lectures, round table discussions, and seminars to approximately 10,000 faculty and students.
  • Researchers at Microsoft Research Asia have taken academic positions at more than 30 universities, including guest professors and Ph.D. supervisors.