In September 2014, Tsinghua University, University of California, Berkeley and the Shenzhen Municipal Government announced the joint establishment of Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) in Shenzhen. TBSI was officially inaugurated at Nanshan i-Park in Shenzhen on October 20, 2015.
In the early years (2015-2021), TBSI will be global economic and social developmental oriented, keep close connection with the development needs of Shenzhen and set up three major interdisciplinary research centers and 18 laboratories for environmental sciences and new energy technologies, data science and information technology, precision medicine and public health. Currently, TBSI has entered the second phase cooperation (2022-2025), focus on the research direction of data science and information technology, with smart city as the theme, build an international and innovative talents education and research system with the integration of two high-quality scientific research and educational resources, actively respond to and solve the regional and global problems facing major scientific and technological issues and social development. TBSI is located at Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School and Nanshan i-Park in Shenzhen. Research and teaching work are carried out in both campuses of Shenzhen and University of California, Berkeley.
TBSI will bring together the world's leading team of teachers, one-third of them come from Tsinghua University, one-third of them come from the University of California, Berkeley, and the other 1/3 will be hired from the best quality teachers around the world. At the same time, TBSI will invite industry mentors, carry out scientific research and production & research cooperation, and establish collaborative innovation international system especially around the strategic emerging industries for injecting international elements into the integrated innovation ecosystem in Shenzhen and China. At present, TBSI Industry Advisory Board (IAB) has been established. Tencent, DJI, BYD, ZTE, Cisco and other well-known high-tech enterprises have already joined.
TBSI aims to select the outstanding students around the world, provide students with a superior research environment and encourage students to develop innovative thinking and creativity in an interdisciplinary and international atmosphere. Under the joint guidance of professors from both two universities and industry supervisors, graduate students will gain precious experience by learning and growing together with students with diverse cultural backgrounds in both Tsinghua University and University of California, Berkeley, and will develop their creative, innovative and entrepreneurial ability on the “society-university” multiple collaborative, interdisciplinary “grand cross platform”.