W3C Invites Chinese Web Developers, Industry, Academia to Assume Greater Role in Global Web Innovation

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Beihang University Becomes Newest Institution to Host W3C


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20 January 2013 — W3C announces Beihang University as a new center for W3C technical staff and leadership activities in China. W3C anticipates that a dedicated presence in China will enhance opportunities for collaboration among Chinese companies, Web developers, and research institutes, and W3C's full international community, including Members from more than 40 countries.

"China is in the midst of an innovation boom," said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. "In IT, Chinese companies have excelled in instant messaging, online games, smartphones, and search, and there is a flourishing Chinese browser ecosystem. In the past two years W3C has benefited from greater Chinese participation, and we look forward to that trend accelerating through the efforts of local industry and Beihang University. Global participation in W3C enables our community to identify global needs for the Web, and drive solutions."

In its new capacity, Beihang University invites Chinese Web developers, industry, and academia to assume a greater role in global Web innovation.

Growing Economy, Growing Use of the Web in China

Today China is the world's second largest economy, with a growing share of online activities. Nearly half of the population in China has an Internet connection, of which a majority is broadband. 66% of connected users access the Internet through mobile phones. The Web Index 2012 indicates that "online shopping represents the largest growth segment of Internet use in China," and an April 2012 report found that "[Around 2015] China will likely become the largest online retail market in the world, with close to 10 percent of retail sales occurring online."

W3C has seen corresponding growth in Chinese participation, due in large part to the efforts of Beihang University.

"With six years of experience operating the W3C China Office, Beihang University has deeply devoted itself to introducing, promoting and facilitating Web standards in China," said Professor Jinpeng Huai, President of Beihang University. "As the wave of information technology innovation and its application continues to rise in China, information technology and industrialization have become an important theme of China's development. An increasing number of standardized Web technologies have been embraced by Chinese enterprises and academic institutions, and many Chinese organizations are starting to play an important role in noted international standards bodies such as W3C."

Now, Beihang University, MIT, ERCIM, and Keio University are jointly responsible for administering the activities of the Consortium.

"Today, with strong support from W3C and the community, Beihang University becomes the fourth institution to host W3C activities," added Professor Huai. "This is an important step of the internationalization strategy of Beihang University, creating a platform to help Chinese industry participate in the Web standards ecosystem. We shall take this as the new starting point and continue to make contributions for building the Open Web Platform together with global industry, developer communities, research institutes, standards bodies and other related parties."

About the World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. The Open Web Platform is a current major focus. Over 375 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and Beihang University in China, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/

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About Beihang University

Beihang University is a major public research university located in Beijing, China. Founded in 1952, as a research-oriented university, it has a heavy focus on high-level technological and scientific research. The University is regarded as one of the best engineering universities in China and has a great influence on China's aeronautical, astronautical and information industry. The University is also one of the Chinese universities pioneered in Web technologies and ranks among the top five universities in Computer science and technology in mainland China.

Media Contacts

  • In China, 李安琪 (Angel Li), <angel@w3.org>, +86 10 82316341
  • Elsewhere: Ian Jacobs, <ij@w3.org>, +1.718.260.9447

Testimonials from W3C Members


Adobe congratulates the World Wide Web Consortium and Beihang University on the creation of this newest W3C Host. By joining with ERCIM, Keio University and MIT, Beihang University will help lead the development of global Web standards.

- Peter Secor, Director of Corporate Strategy for Industry Standards, Adobe Systems Incorporated


Baidu heartily congratulates Beihang University on its selection as the fourth W3C host institution. This is well-deserved international recognition of Beihang's contribution to W3C over the last seven years. And it affords companies from China like Baidu, the first large Chinese Internet company to join the W3C, the opportunity to play a more important role in this vital international organization.

- Alex Cheng, Vice President, Baidu


As a long-term W3C member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and with deep respect for Beihang University, Boeing warmly welcomes the news that Beihang will become the 4th W3C Host.

- Bertrand-Marc Allen, President, Boeing China

China Unicom

As the first W3C full member in China, China Unicom warmly welcomes Beihang University become the newest W3C host, and sincerely appreciates the effort that W3C China team has made for Chinese members in recent years.

- Mingxia Gu, Advisory Committee Representative, China Unicom


Thanks to Beihang University for their outstanding efforts in promoting W3C standards! We are confident Beihang University will lead Chinese companies to play a greater role in W3C as the 4th W3C Host. As a leading global information and communication technology (ICT) solutions provider and an active member of W3, Huawei provides innovative and open standard compliant products for our customers. We are delighted to continue our support of the development of W3C standards in the future.

- Ruinan Sun, Advisory Committee Representative, Huawei


Intel, as one of the most important companies in IT industry, has made great contributions to both HTML5 standard and open source projects on Web Runtime. We are very happy to share the expertise and collaborate with partners from China to promote the application of the HTML5 based technologies. A brilliant future is just in front of us!

- Jackson He, General Manager of Intel Asia and Pacific R&D Ltd. and Intel Software and Services Group (SSG) PRC


That is such a great news both for W3C and China! As a Chinese company we have never felt so close and straightforward to be able to make the web better.

- Jinjiang Zhao, Front-end Developer Manager of Maxthon


Microsoft is invested in China and the W3C standards community. As co-chair of the W3C HTML Working Group, I’ve seen the surge of interest in the W3C by Chinese companies and am impressed by the quality of their participation. We’re proud to see the W3C formally expand its presence in China, and look forward to working with standards professionals there to address the future challenges and innovations in the World Wide Web.

- Paul Cotton, Microsoft Canada (Supporting Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.)


Nokia welcomes China's Beihang University as a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) host. Given China’s booming technology industry, we feel this move will strengthen W3C, both in terms of local member recruitment as well as by bringing in technical experts who can contribute to standards work. China is an integral part of the world economy, and it is important for Chinese products to support the global open Web standards produced by the W3C.

Nokia has shipped hundreds of millions of devices supporting Open Web standards. We believe HTML5 and other open Web standards provide a solid basis for developers to build innovative mobile Web experiences for the next billion mobile device users.

- Timo Ali-Vehmas, Vice President, Compatibility and Industry Collaboration, Nokia

Qihoo 360

Congratulations to W3C/Beihang Host! Qihoo360 would like devote itself in the efforts of promoting web standards like HTML5 together with W3C!

- Weihua Tao, Senior Director of Browser, Qihoo 360.


Beihang University has been playing a key role to promote W3C and web standards in China for long time. Being the 4th Host of W3C is a super important milestone moving forward for Beihang to continue driving W3C to empower the community in the region and globally.

- Yuguo Liu, Advisory Committee Representative, Tencent

Testimonials from W3C Hosts


ERCIM and INRIA warmly welcome Beihang University as the newest institution to host W3C activities and help shape the future of the Web while reinforcing its universality. INRIA has been collaborating with the Chinese scientific community for over 15 years now. Scientific research projects are notably conducted through the LIAMA research hub lab, along with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University and other partners including Beihang University.

- Michel Cosnard, President, ERCIM and President and CEO, INRIA

Keio University

On behalf of W3C/KEIO, I would like to welcome and congratulate Beihang University on becoming the newest institution to host the W3C. China is generating great wisdom and thoughts on the Internet technologies to the world. I believe the web technology community in China would contributing to the future of the W3C and web architecture with the creation of the new W3C host in China. We are looking forward to working with them for W3C.

- Jun Murai Associate Chair, W3C/Keio Dean and Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University


We at MIT CSAIL are pleased to welcome Beihang University as the newest host institution for the W3C. At CSAIL, we strongly believe in the importance of international partnerships, as in today’s globalized world these collaborations matter more than ever and allow us to share knowledge and work together to solve tough problems and pursue great ideas. We look forward to partnering with Beihang University, and see this new collaboration as a wonderful opportunity to improve the Web on a global scale and to form new research collaborations in China.

- Professor Daniela Rus, Director, MIT CSAIL

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