The University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics and China’s Chongqing University (CQU) recently signed a three year research agreement, commencing February 2016.
Joint research publications, high quality PhD students, access to world-class research facilities and more opportunities for both universities are all expected to emerge from a new Sino-Australian engineering research agreement.
Professor Greg Ivey, the Faculty’s Deputy Dean (Research) said the cooperation was an exciting platform for researchers at both universities to collaborate.
“The Chongqing University has established itself as one of the top universities in China for its research capabilities so we are very excited to form this agreement with them”, said Professor Ivey.
The agreement formalises the research relationship between the two universities and will increase the scope of joint research during the three years, according to Professor Guowei Ma of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering.
“The agreement initially allows access to research training facilities and we hope to exchange PhD graduates in the near future”, said Professor Ma.
The research collaborations will be led jointly and delegations from both universities will tour each other’s facilities in the near future. Annual workshops will be held and jointly organised by both parties, the first of which is proposed for late 2016 and is likely to be held at CQU.
Chongqing University is a science and engineering university and a member of the “Excellence League”, placing it in the top five universities of China’s Southwest region. CQU boasts more than 52,000 students and 5,000 academic staff. The university has an established reputation as a leader in engineering and technology, with state of the art training centres in partnership with international enterprises such as IBM and Microsoft, and numerous awards for teaching excellence.
The agreement was signed by Professor Hanlong Liu, CQU’s Dean of the College of Civil Engineering, Professor Greg Ivey, the Faculty’s Deputy Dean (Research), and witnessed by Professor Barry Lehane, Head of the Faculty’s School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering.
Mary Schultz (Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics) (+61 8) 6488 1868