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University DVC visits JITRI, advancing research and industry collaboration with Chinese partner

March 15, 2018

Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), the University of Sydney, paid a visit to Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI) and met with the leading team of JITRI on his recent trip to China.

Professor Ivison’s visit came in the wake of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in mid November, 2017 between the University of Sydney and JITRI. During his meeting with JITRI leaders, Professor Ivison and the hosts introduced each party and discussed how to promote the implementation of the MOU.

With a view to advancing applied research and commercialisation and strengthening technological innovation, the leading university in Australia and the government-funded research institute in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, reached the general framework for collaboration after a long period of negotiation.

Within the framework of the MOU, the University of Sydney and JITRI will develop and implement applied research projects in Jiangsu Province in China, and enhance the links between the two parties to explore opportunities for collaboration in industrial research and development.

According to the MOU, the scope of their collaboration on research-related activities includes the development of joint research projects in science and technology, the exchange of academic materials of mutual interest, and cooperative seminars, workshops and other academic activities.

The Nanjing-based JITRI is a consortium of Chinese research institutes and collaborations with state government laboratories in Jiangsu Province. Nanjing is the capital city of Jiangsu Province, and about an hour and a half train ride away from Suzhou, where the University of Sydney Centre in China is located.

The Centre in China has spared no effort to make the partnership between the University and JITRI a reality over the past year. As the University of Sydney keeps pushing forward its China Strategy to enhance ties with Chinese partners in the fields of research and industry, the MOU with JITRI promises to bring the University’s China engagement work to a deeper and more substantial level.

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