The University of Sydney and Soochow University entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate exchanges and collaboration on 14 December, 2017.
The MOU was signed when Professor Stephen Garton, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the University of Sydney, paid his visit to Soochow University, the top institution of higher learning in Suzhou, where the University of Sydney launched its first overseas multi-functional centre in November, 2016.
Professor Stephen Garton and his counterpart of Soochow University Mr. Zhang Xiaohong, Vice-President, Professor (Material Science), signed on the MOU on behalf of each university after an amicable bilateral meeting.
The MOU is designed to promote interest in the teaching and research activities and deepen the understanding of the economic, cultural and social environments of both parties through promoting the cooperation in the areas of joint educational programs, staff and student exchanges, research and other general collaboration between the University of Sydney and Soochow University.
Within the framework of the MOU, the two universities will promote institutional exchanges by inviting the partner’s faculty and staff to participate in a variety of teaching and/or research activities and professional development, receive the partner’s undergraduate and graduate students for periods of study and/or research, organize symposia, conferences, short courses and meetings on research issues, carry out research and education programs, and exchange information pertaining to developments in teaching, student development and research at each institution.
Ms. Cathryn Hlavka, Executive Director, the University of Sydney Centre in China, and the Centre in China staff were present at the signing ceremony.
Soochow University is one of China’s Project 211 universities and the top university both locally and in the southern region of Jiangsu Province. Marking a step forward in achieving the University of Sydney’s objectives for China engagement, the new partnership will help the University of Sydney take roots in Jiangsu Province while reaching out to all parts of China.
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