$2m biomedical engineering alliance for the University of Sydney and Shanghai Jiaotong University

30 April 2014

Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) and the University of Sydney signed an agreement yesterday to consolidate their existing relationship in biomedical engineering through a joint partnership.

Both universities have agreed to invest $1 million in the project, which will involve joint research, information exchange and academic mobility.

The agreement was signed by Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, and Professor Jiang Sixian, Party Secretary and Chair of the University Council at SJTU.

Professor Jiang, on his first visit to Sydney, said SJTU was keen to collaborate with world-class universities, and praised the new Charles Perkins Centre at Sydney which will focus on research into obesity,diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Dr Spence said the signing of the agreement would be another building block in the growing relationship between the two universities.

The research collaborators from the University of Sydney include the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, Sydney Medical School and the Charles Perkins Centre. The research collaborators from SJTU include the School of Biomedical Engineering, the School of Medicine and the Translational Medicine Research Centre.

Professor Archie Johnston, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney, said: "Building on our institutions' existing strengths in biomedical engineering and medicine, in particular bioinformatics, this alliance will bring together world-class researchers to collaborate on projects delivering transformational outcomes for both countries."

Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of Sydney Medical School, said: "Researchers in this faculty have been collaborating with Shanghai Jiaotong for close to a decade, with joint programs in cancer, genetics, infectious diseases, child health and education. The new alliance will further strengthen our partnership in addressing common challenges facing both Australia and China."

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