QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake today signed a landmark Agreement on Research Collaboration with China's Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and Technology, the first of its kind by an Australian university.
The agreement was initiated by His Excellency Governor Zhu Xiaodan, Governor of Guangdong Province following his visit to QUT during the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane last year.
Professor Coaldrake said the Agreement was a platform for the development of joint research in three areas: air quality; tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; and public health.
"This is a further opportunity for researchers in QUT and our partner institutions in China to deepen our research links, work together on joint publications and joint applications for funding at the Provincial and national levels," Professor Coaldrake said.
"QUT is a partner with a number of Chinese universities in the Australia-China Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine and we have many other research ties.
"Guangdong is a province of 100 million people which includes the cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and it's a powerhouse of research and commercialisation. The new Agreement will enhance the very strong links with Guangdong, and China generally."
QUT and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies have had student exchange agreements in place since 2011 while QUT has also offered expertise to the Guangdong Education Department for a teacher training program that has seen a group of principals visit QUT.
Other university partners for QUT in the Guangdong Province include:
- South China University of Technology
- Guangzhou Medical University (mainly in nursing and coursework cooperation)
- Guangdong Medical College
- Southern Medical University
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