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Jilin University and Macquarie University Hold Audiology Focused and Cross Disciplinary Online Research Workshop

Sep 8, 2020

On September 8th, Audiology Focused and Cross Disciplinary Online Research Workshop between Jilin University and Macquarie University was successfully held online.


David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University, and Zhao Hongwei, Vice President of Jilin University, attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches.

Zhao Hongwei reviewed the productive collaborations between the two universities in the field of audiology. He said that although the COVID-19 pandemic prevented scholars from international travels, JLU and MQ scholars have fully utilized the online platform to hold various academic activities, which he believed would inspire the scholars to jointly deal with the global crisis. He hoped that faculty members and students could explore more cooperation opportunities in in-depth exchanges and interactions and jointly complete higher-quality scientific research.

David Wilkinson thanked JLU for its meticulous preparation for the online workshop. He outlined the development of audiology in MQ, and introduced its partner, Cochlear, the world’s largest research and development company and manufacturer of cochlear implants. He looked forward to future cooperation in the field of audiology with the support of advanced technology and equipment.

Catherine McMahon, Director of Audiology, MQ, introduced the Australian Hearing Hub. She hoped to promote joint audiological research and cotutelle programs by utilizing the Joint Audiology Center co-built by the two universities.

Zhu Dongdong, Vice Dean, China-Japan Union Hospital, JLU, said though offline training and joint training programs could not be carried out due to the pandemic, the two sides will make full use of the online platform to continue to conduct diversified and in-depth exchanges and collaborations.

After the opening ceremony, parallel sessions were held in the fields of audiology, engineering, cognitive science and education.


At the “Audiology” parallel session, Zhu Dongdong introduced the situation of the hearing impaired and the application of cochlear implants in China. He hoped that the exchange and cooperation between the two universities would benefit the hearing impaired in both China and Australia. David McAlpine, Director of Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Human Sciences, MQ, Yetta Abrahams, Senior Manager-Education and Professional Engagement APAC, Cochlear, Johnson Wu, Manager, Greater China, Cochlear, and Wang Yang, Scientific Affairs Manager, Quality and Regulatory Services, Cochlear, discussed audiology research and development in China and Australia.


In the “Engineering” session, Mohsen Asadnia, Deputy Dean of Higher Degree Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering, MQ, Cui Zhiwen, Professor of Department of Acoustics and Microwave Physics, College of Physics, JLU and Li Jiani, postgraduate of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, China-Japan Union Hospital, JLU, discussed the structure and manufacturing principle of cochlear implants.

In the “Cognitive Science” session, Mridula Sharma, Associate Professor of Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Human Sciences, MQ, Li Guichen, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, JLU and Paul Sowman, Deputy Head of Department Higher Degree Research, Department of Cognitive Science, Faculty of Human Sciences, MQ, discussed the cognitive function of the hearing impaired.

In the “Education” session, Gregory Leigh, Professor of Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Human Sciences, MQ, Zhu Xuewei, Director of Office of Medical Association, China-Japan Union Hospital, JLU, and Piers Dawes, Associate Professor of Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Human Sciences, MQ, discussed the application of cochlear implants in clinical practice.