Bernie Goldie

UOW and the Chinese Academy of Sciences expand research links

The University of Wollongong and China’s highest academic institution in natural sciences and principal scientific and technological advisory body, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, today (22 November) entered into an agreement that will see the institutions work together to expand their academic, research and educational exchanges.

The agreement signed by University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings, CBE, and Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Jinghai Li, will facilitate greater cooperation in the priority areas of energy, the environment, materials and electronics; academic and student exchanges; and the development of dual PhD programs.

Professor Wellings said this partnership builds on the University of Wollongong’s expanding research links in Asia.

“We have invested in state-of-the-art facilities such as the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials, the SMART Infrastructure Facility and others which, along with our world-leading research staff, make us a very attractive research partner.

“The University has a long term engagement with China and the formalisation of our relationship with the Chinese Academy of Sciences connects us more closely with one of the world’s leading research institutions”, Professor Wellings said.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences boasts more than 100 national key laboratories and national engineering research centres, around 1000 field stations and more than 50,000 staff.

Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Professor Li said he looked forward to a long term, productivity and far-reaching relationship with the University of Wollongong.

“The Chinese Academy of Sciences attaches a great deal of importance to key international cooperative activities such as this one with the University of Wollongong.

“We have established strong relationships with leading research institutions around the globe and we are looking forward to working with academics at the University of Wollongong in the important areas of energy, materials science and electronics”, Professor Li said.

Professor Wellings said that this collaborative research partnership will not only help drive research breakthroughs that will assist in solving global problems but it will also help to develop the people-to-people links and the networks that will be essential to future innovations and research success.


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