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Jilin University Signed Contract for Establishing Joint Laboratory with The University of Queensland

April 27, 2018   browse:

Leading by Mr. Zheng Weitao, vice president of Jilin University (JLU), JLU delegation visited the University of Queensland (UQ) from April 19 to 20. Respectively on behalf of two universities, Mr. Zheng and Peter Høj, the president of UQ, signed the Letter of Intent to Co-build a Joint Laboratory by Jilin University and The University of Queensland. Academician Yu Jihong, director of JLU Joint Laboratory of the International Cooperation in Future Science, Liu He, director of the Office of Academic Affairs, JLU, Zhang Guangcui, director of the Office of Global Engagement, JLU and Sun Junqi, dean of the College of Chemistry, JLU participated in above activities.

“The University of Queensland is one of the most important strategic partners of Jilin University. Over the years, two universities have carried out practical scientific research cooperation in many disciplines such as chemistry, materials and geoscience, etc. Meanwhile, the collaboration also witnesses a great potential for disciplines such as physics, mathematic, engineering, medicine and social sciences. The JLU-UQ joint laboratory, to be co-built by the Joint Laboratory of the International Cooperation in Future Science, JLU and The University of Queensland, will act as a new platform to develop frontier scientific researches, jointly cultivate young talents and improve the strength of education and scientific research for both sides,” said Mr. Zheng at the signing ceremony.

“Jilin University is also one of the most important partners for UQ. Nature Index shows that in recent years Jilin University has performed quite well in scientific research and made robust progress. I encourage various disciplines of UQ to carry out practical collaboration with relevant disciplinary teams of Jilin University. We hope that the joint lab could make its full play as a new platform which integrates the superior education and research resources of both sides. Based on the practical cooperation in frontier disciplines, it can improve high-level talent cultivation, promote top level scientific research and jointly respond to cutting-edge scientific issues to achieve common progress,” Peter Høj said.

Both sides agreed to jointly organize the JLU-UQ Communication Week within this year to encourage their preponderant disciplines connection, enhance in-depth cooperation and exchanges between teachers and students to achieve win-win cooperation.

The JLU delegation held working meetings respectively with the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, UQ, the Faculty of Medicine, UQ, the Faculty of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience, UQ, the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, UQ, the Queensland Brain Institute, UQ and the Confucius Institution of The University of Queensland. At the meetings, Academician Yu Jihong systematically present the team building model for the joint laboratory of the international cooperation in future science, frontier disciplines and the international cooperation network. She also put forward the plan for the construction of the joint laboratory. As a result, the two sides conducted in-depth consultations and reached mutual consensuses on the joint bachelor’s/master’s program, postdoctoral exchange program, staff exchange program and interdisciplinary research cooperation, etc.

Peter Høj, president of UQ, Li Rongyu, vice- president of Foreign Affairs, Mohan Krishnamoorthy, vice-president of Scientific Research and other more than 20 delegates from different departments and colleges of UQ participated in the meetings.

On the afternoon of April 19th, Xu Jie, consul general of The People’s Republic of China in Brisbane, Australia met with Zheng Weitao and his entourage and the JLU delegation was given a warm welcome. “In recent years, the Sino-Australian cooperation and exchanges in terms of higher education have witnessed exciting results and broad prospects. The consulate general really supports the close relationship between Jilin University and The University of Queensland and hopes to see more diversified cooperation in the aspects of establishing joint laboratory and young talents co-cultivation program between two universities,” said Mr. Xu. Mr. Zheng expressed his gratitude for the on-going support from the consulate general to promote the cooperation and exchanges between the two universities, then he introduced the “Double-First Class” initiative (The overall program passed in August 2015 “Implementation measures to coordinate development of World-class Universities and First-class Disciplines Construction, also known as the Double First Class initiative) and the cooperation progress with The University of Queensland. “Jilin University will base on the joint laboratory of JLU and UQ to promote our multidisciplinary cooperation to a higher level,” said Mr. Zheng.

The University of Queensland was founded in 1910. It is the member of the Group of Eight (Go8) in Australia with its research funding and academic standards ranking among the top Australia universities. Jilin University and The University of Queensland have developed practical cooperation in many fields since signing the university-level cooperation agreement in October 2010. This time, the joint laboratory would become a new platform of cooperation between the two universities.

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