Glasgow College UESTC Students Set the Gold Standard with National Prize for 5G Innovation

Published: 21 November 2022

A group of entrepreneuring Glasgow College UESTC students have won a prestigious gold prize for 5G Innovation in a nationwide contest

A team of Glasgow College UESTC undergraduate students has won National Gold in the 8th China International College Students' 'Internet+' Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition - the first such medal for Glasgow College in this prestigious and highly competitive contest.

All projects entered must successfully apply "new-generation information technology" (foregrounding the internet) to "economic and social fields", enabling upgrades in both industry and social services, including their infrastructure, products, services, business types, and models. Projects can address "manufacturing, agriculture, energy, and environmental protection" or integrate the internet with "education, medical care, transport, finance, and consumption for living."

The 'Tennyok team' gathered outstanding undergraduates from the College for the 'Tianyao Guoxin-Domestic high-energy-saving 5G base station RF module trailblazer' project. Their innovation was the new architecture of a 5G base station RF front-end module with low energy consumption, high energy efficiency and high integration.

Poster image for Internet Innovation competition

From this, they developed a one-to-many hybrid linearization technology and a multi-channel power amplifier chip, proposing a transformative HBF architecture solution to achieve the equipment level energy saving of the base station. Their aim is for a domestic high energy saving 5G base station RF module extension helping the development of 'green' 5G. The core technology of the product is a sound basis for growth, and they even hope to get interest from Huawei.

Team member Aodi Yang, thriled with the win, promised to "continue to work hard to create more brilliant innovations". Project leader Guo Haoye said their success "is inseparable from the help of Glasgow College, which fully supports project incubation and commercial landing, provides funds, site support and helps the team actively connect and connect resources."

With 25.33 million college students in over 6 million teams coming from 121 countries and regions in five continents, the competition has become the largest global event for innovation and entrepreneurship since it began in 2015. Crucially, it supports student inventors wishing to transform ideas into 'real world' products. As well as prototypes and models, they compose detailed business plans and develop ties with industry partners, who may ultimately help commercialise their projects to improve society.

Five other Glasgow College UESTC teams also won awards, with 3 taking home silvers and another 2 claiming bronze. The official award certificates will be issued to winners in May 2023. 

First published: 21 November 2022