From October 28 to 30, co-hosted by Australia Education Management Group (AEMG) and Southwest University (SWU), the 3rd International Education Management Conference was held at SWU. Prof. Liu Jianya, Vice President of Shandong University (SDU), Party Secretary and President of Shandong University, Weihai (SDUW), attended the conference and delivered a speech. Prof. Chen Guanjun, Vice President of SDUW, and relevant staff from Office of Teaching Affairs, International Office, School of Business, School of Translation Studies, School of Ocean Biology, School of Mechanical, Electrical and Information Engineering were present at relevant activities.
Prof. Liu pointed out that internationalization plays an essential role in building a world class university and leading disciplines, which requires more closer international cooperation as well as an amplification of the university’s characteristics and advantages. During the conference, Prof. Liu, along with Prof. Duncan Bentley, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) and Mr. Roger Li, CEO of AEMG, officially announced the establishment of the Joint Research Center in Advanced Manufacturing
in Weihai. In addition, Prof. Liu signed the Framework Agreement between SDUW and University of Bristol with Prof. Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of University of Bristol, according to which the two universities will carry out all-round cooperation in teacher and student exchanges as well as joint research collaboration. The agreement on joint education programs in Mechanical Design and Manufacturing between SDUW and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) was also renewed during this conference.
At the conference, Prof. Chen introduced SDUW’s study abroad programs while meeting with Prof. Andrew Roberts, Dean of College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of Australian National University (ANU), and Ms. Saskia Hansen, Executive Director International Partnerships and Development of RMIT. They also touched upon issues regarding co-establishing joint institutes and education programs of Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Automation.
Meanwhile, relevant staff from International Office and School of Ocean Biology discussed with the delegation led by Prof. Monique Skidmore, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global of University of Tasmania (UTAS) , in terms of student exchanges, joint training of doctoral students as well as research collaboration.