China–Monash links strengthened with new research collaborations

A delegation from Jiangsu Province in China visited Monash last week to establish research collaborations between the University and Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI).

The delegation, led by Professor Liu Qing, President of JITRI, included 20 research and development (R&D) leaders from JITRI specialised research institutes in Jiangsu. Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Provost and Senior Vice-President Professor Marc Parlange, Pro Vice-Chancellor and President (Suzhou) Professor Aibing Yu and other Monash leaders met the delegation last Wednesday.

The two parties discussed Monash–JITRI collaboration on the eve of the inaugural Monash-JITRI joint symposium on 16-17 August to explore opportunities and research areas of mutual interest for future collaboration.

Of the 34 presentations at the symposium, 23 were delivered by Monash senior representatives, including deans or associate deans, HoDs, directors of ARC research hubs/centres and project leaders.

The delegation also visited some of the University’s leading research platforms, including the CAVE2 facility, Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy and the Woodside Innovation Centre.

JITRI was established in December 2013 in Jiangsu Province, a sister region with Victoria. Its aim is to close the gap between science and technology, and assist industries, small or large, in utilising the latest technology to enhance their competitiveness.

Monash and JITRI signed an initial CNY20 million (A$4 million) agreement in 2015 that resulted in the development and implementation of nine collaborative projects.

A second agreement with the same value was last year signed to support further projects. Monash-JITRI joint PhD training has now become part of the collaboration.

As previously, the JITRI funds are available to Monash researchers in collaboration with JITRI researchers, with detailed information provided at the website.