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Jilin University-The University of Queensland Exchange Successfully Held in Jilin University

18, Nov, 2018 Office of Global Engagement 90

From November 14th to 17th, Jilin University-the University of Queensland Exchange Week was successfully held in Jilin University. Professor Alan Rowan, Director of the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) of the University of Queensland (UQ), led an academic exchange team of nine experts to visit Jilin University and participated in a series of activities of the Week. ZHENG Weitao, Vice President of Jilin University addressed the opening ceremony which was hosted by ZHANG Guangcui, Director of Office of Global Engagement. Also present at the academic exchange activities of the Week were relevant heads of the Office of Science & Technology, the Office of Global Engagement, the College of Chemistry, the College of Physics, the College of Electronic Science & Engineering, the Future Science International Cooperation Joint Laboratory, the Human Disease Animal Model National & Local Joint Engineering Laboratory and other teaching and research institutions as well as 200 faculties and students from certain disciplines.

In his speech, ZHENG Weitao first introduced the development status of Jilin University, various measures of “Double World-class” construction and the progress of cooperation between Jilin University and UQ. He expressed that Jilin University attaches great importance to the cooperation with UQ. In April this year, he led a delegation to visit UQ, during which both universities signed a contract to build a joint research center, marking a new start for bilateral cooperation. On the basis of the existing cooperation, both sides have a considerable scope to enhance cooperation in the construction of laboratory, the cooperation of scientific research, and joint cultivation of talent training. He hoped that with the Week as an opportunity, both universities can deepen mutual understanding in related disciplines and give full play to the advantages in teaching and scientific research and provide more cooperation platforms for the teachers and students to realize common progress and development.

Professor Alan Rowan expressed in his remarks that Jilin University is one of the key partners of UQ in China. Since Jilin university and UQ signed the MOU to co-build a joint research center in April this year, both universities have become closer cooperators due to the cutting-edge research in material chemistry and other fields. He said representatives from the AIBN of UQ, and the Departments of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology came to Jilin University together, via the communication with related colleagues at Jilin University, to broaden the scope of cooperation, promote the scientific research cooperation and increase exchanges of teachers, researchers and students.

After the opening ceremony, UQ delegation respectively conducted academic exchanges with teachers and students from the College of Chemistry, College of Physics, College of Electronic Science & Engineering, Future Science International Cooperation Joint Laboratory, Human Disease Animal Model National & Local Joint Engineering Laboratory and other teaching and research institutions. They visited State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis & Preparative Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials, International Cooperation Joint Laboratory of Nano-micro Construction Chemistry and State Local Joint Engineering Laboratory of High-performance Polymer Synthesis Technology.

On October 16th, the delegation attended Jilin University-University of Queensland Workshop, in which teaching and research staff from both sides delivered 17 academic reports. Professor Sun Junqi, Director of College of Chemistry, delivered a welcome speech. Professor ZHANG Wenke, Professor ZOU Xiaoxin, Professor LI Guangshe, Professor ZHANG Hongyu, Professor LV Zhongyuan, Professor QIAO Zhen’an, Professor XU Yan and Professor LIU Kun gave academic reports to and exchanged with nearly 100 teachers and students of related majors from the College of Chemistry.

On the night of the 16th, Professor ZOU Jin, Deputy Director of Confucius Institute at UQ, and professor of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology delivered a presentation of China Scholarship Council & UQ Cooperation Scholarships Project. He answered questions from the students, and the presentation has attracted the presence of over 100 undergraduates, fresh master graduates, master's candidates and doctoral candidates.

On October 17th, Professor Alan Rowan, Professor Ian Gentle, Deputy Executive Dean and Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences, Professor Andrew Whittaker, Deputy Director International and Senior Group Leader in AIBN and Benedict Kelly, Business Manager of the Confucius Institute visited Future Science International Cooperation Joint Laboratory, and talked to Academician YU Jihong, Director of the Laboratory, Professor SUN Junqi, Director of College of Chemistry and BIA Yin, Deputy Director of Office of Global Engagement. Both sides made detailed introduction about the Joint Laboratory and the AIBN, discussed the specific arrangements for co-constructing the joint laboratory, and reached an agreement on carrying out cooperative scientific and research in future materials and other related fields in the first place.

On October 17th, Dr ZHAO Chunxia, Associate Group Leader at AIBN and Professor ZHU Zonghua (John Zhu), Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering visited the College of Life Sciences and listened to the report of BIOMOD and iGem competition teams, and guided the students on the selection of content, form of display, language and expression.

The University of Queensland is located in Brisbane, north Australia. Founded in 1910, UQ is a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities and considered to be one of Australia's leading universities in terms of scientific research funds and academic level. UQ has maintained its position among the world’s top 50 universities, ranking 47th globally in the 2018 QS World University Rankings; 69th in THE (Times Higher Education) World University Rankings 2019; 45th in the 2018 USNEWS World University Rankings; 55th in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Its advantageous disciplines include agricultural science, arts and humanities, biology and biochemistry, chemistry, clinical medicine, computer science, economics and business, engineering, environment/ecology, immunology, material science, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics, behavioral science, pharmacology and toxicology, animal and plant science, psychology, social science and public health, etc. Since the signing of the cooperation agreement in 2010, Jilin university and UQ have maintained close exchanges and cooperation in science, geology and other fields.