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Shanghai Jiao Tong and Sydney become strategic partners

August 31, 2017
Universities strengthen relationship to become priority partners

Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Sydney signed a university-wide priority partnership, each committing to invest $100,000 over three years to fund joint research projects.

Delegation led by President Professor Lin Zhongqin from Shanghai Jiao Tong University touring the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology 

The new agreement builds on the biomedical engineering alliance between the two institutions announced in 2014.

“Today we have taken the next step with one of our top collaborators in China – from a research alliance specific to biomedical engineering, to a university-wide priority partnership. We will build on our strong and productive track record in engineering and medicine to generate new collaborations across the sciences, humanities and social sciences,” said Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney Dr Michael Spence.

A delegation from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, led by President Professor Lin Zhongqin, visited the University of Sydney for the partnership signing. As part of the visit they toured the Australian Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology and engineering facilities at the University.

A separate agreement for joint supervision of PhD students is expected to be signed in coming weeks.

A strategic approach to global engagement

The new partnership is the first the University of Sydney has signed with a university from mainland China since the release of its 2016-20 Strategic Plan, which highlighted its commitment to developing a focused approach to global engagement.

“Over the 2016-20 period we intend to sign between 15 and 20 agreements with leading universities around the world. Our aim is to link up with like-minded, high quality universities that share our ambitions and have complementary strengths – including, those partnerships that best align with our multidisciplinary agendas in public health, nanoscale science and technology, brain and mind science, and strategies for engaging with China and Southeast Asia,” said Professor Katherine Belov, the University of Sydney’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement).

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