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SDUW Delegation Visits Partner Universities in Australia
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From June 26th to 30th, a delegation led by Prof. Liu Jianya, Vice President of Shandong University (SDU) and President of Shandong University, Weihai (SDUW), visited Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) and Australian National University (ANU). The aim of this visit is to promote the completion of the Joint Research Center in Advanced Manufacturing (hereafter as the Center) and the SDU-ANU Joint International Science College. Prof. Liu Hai, Vice President of SDUW, and relevant staff from School of Mechanical, Electrical and Information Engineering and International Office accompanied Prof. Liu Jianya on the visit.

At SUT, the delegation was warmly welcomed by its Vice-Chancellor and President , Prof. Linda Kristjanson, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), Prof. Aleks Subic. Prof. Liu Jianya first reviewed the stable and friendly partnerships SDU has established with a number of universities in Australia. He further pointed out that the signing of the International Research Collaboration Agreement for Establishment of Joint Research Center in Advanced Manufacturing allowed the cooperation between SDU and SUT to enter a new stage, accelerating the development of high-end scientific research and joint education programs for doctoral students.

Prof. Kristjanson expressed that the Center could push enterprises in both China and Australia in terms of research collaboration and commercialization of technologies. Prof. Subic said that the two universities could take active measures to expand the cooperation with regard to data science and mathematics on the basis of the Center. Later, both parties reached a consensus that the unveiling ceremony of the Center will be held in October this year. During the visit, the delegation also visited a number of laboratories of carbon fiber, 3D printing, etc.

At ANU, the delegation was warmly welcomed by its Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Prof. Shirley Leitch, and relevant staff from ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, etc. Prof. Liu Jianya said that based on a solid foundation of cooperation, SDU and ANU have carried out formal cooperation on joint education programs for undergraduate students. He also pointed out that SDU has been making preparations for the Joint International Science College.

Prof. Leitch pointed out that ANU has been attaching great importance to the Joint International Science College which will become ANU’s only cooperative education institute in China, and the university will actively cooperate with SDU to apply to Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China for the cooperative education institute. Later, the delegation held meetings respectively with Prof. Andrew Roberts, Dean of ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and Prof. Thushara Abhayapala, Deputy Dean of ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, during which they exchanged opinions on joint education program in computer, while exploring opportunities to conduct joint education program in engineering. During the visit, the delegation also visited SDUW students studying at ANU, and encouraged them to study hard while staying in Australia.

During the visit, Prof. Liu Jianya met with Prof. Ian Young, former President of ANU, at the National Research Centre in Ocean Engineering at The University of Melbourne. Prof. Liu Jianya extended his gratitude to Prof. Young for efforts made in maintaining the partnerships between ANU and SDU, while exploring opportunities to carry out research collaboration in the marine domain. Prof. Young responded that he will continue to help promote the preparation work of the SDU-ANU Joint International Science College.

                
                
                

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