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Hangzhou, China Project Center - IQP

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Hangzhou, China Project Center - IQP
Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
B-Term during late fall
Project Opportunities: 
Hangzhou, recognized as one of China’s most beautiful cities, is located on China’s booming southeastern coast. As both the capital of China’s richest province (Zhejiang) and one of China’s ancient imperial capitals, Hangzhou exemplifies China’s quest to become a modern economic power while retaining its unique historical identity. Hangzhou is China’s fourth largest metropolitan region, and its infrastructure reflects that. Hangzhou itself is a tourist destination for both Chinese and foreign travelers; students can wander around historical sections of the city that date to the Ming and Qing dynasties or explore West Lake, a Song dynasty imperial park that goes back nearly 1000 years! Students have been completing IQPs in Hangzhou since 2014. In 2019, we started using a mixed-team model, with WPI students working alongside students from our university partner, Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU). The Hangzhou Center has included projects on smart cities, entrepreneurship, education, and biotech (among other topics). Students stay on the HDU campus in the Xiasha District of the city, east of downtown Hangzhou.

Past Hangzhou students have:

  • Determined feasibility of electronic bike share system in Hangzhou
  • Recommended e-book sharing and recycling practices for e-platform library start-up
  • Analyzed clinical trial protocols in China, Europe, and US for biotech firm
  • Explored best practices for bilingual Montessori School in Hangzhou
  • Proposed changes to Hangzhou’s cultural infrastructure to improve city’s livability
  • Made recommendations to develop smart parking in Hangzhou
  • Assessed crypto-community culture and platforms for local start-up
  • Worked with NGO on developing app to improve mental health