Pingar, the Auckland and Tauranga based tech company that has developed the next generation ‘intelligent’ search platform, announced in Shanghai today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China’s East China Normal University (ECNU).
A statement from Pingar announcing the deal reads: "The MoU was signed by Peter Wren-Hilton, the Managing Director and co-founder of Pingar, and Professor Junzhong Gu who is ECNU’s Head of Computer Applications and Director of Multimedia Information Technology (MMIT)."
Wren-Hilton is one of a party of New Zealand IT executives who travelled to China with Minister for Communications and Information Technology Steven Joyce as part of a trade delegation to Shanghai.
Also present at the signing was Wang Zhen, Director of International Collaboration at the Shanghai Technology Innovation Centre.
Wren-Hilton says in the Pingar media release: “Pingar’s launch of its Chinese language version at the NZ Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo in July has led to interest from several of China’s leading universities who have expressed a desire to work collaboratively with us so that they can commercialise research outputs. As Pingar increases its collaboration with Chinese partners like ECNU these relationships can only lead to bigger networks and expose us to new Chinese customers."
The MoU was hinted at earlier this week.