University's leaders in Singapore
25 September 2009
Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) - Professor John Hearn led a university-wide delegation of more than 40 Deans, researchers and representatives of the international office to Singapore for a series of academic events.
The program included successful meetings with our partners at the Government of Singapore's A*STAR Institute's in Medical Biology and Bioimaging; a day of joint research symposia including seven faculties; visits to the Ministry of Health; a training workshop for agents; and a graduation and alumni reception.
The results of the visit, defined in a vibrant roundup session, include at least eight joint research projects in the Arts and Humanities, Science, Medicine and Public Health. There are also several interdisciplinary programs.
John Hearn summarised the program "Singapore and Sydney are world universities set in world cities. We can now proceed with our research partnership in major issues confronting human development. We can also reaffirm our existing programs and build new opportunities for staff and students.
A few examples include the Faculty of Economics and Business who signed two agreements in undergraduate and postgraduate research; the faculties of Medicine and Science explored research in bio-imaging and in stem cell biology and the faculties of Health Sciences and of Nursing agreed to build on their existing, long-term programs.
Louise Freckleton from the Medical Schools Office of Global Health said "The whole experience has been quite inspirational. It is really heartening to see the mutual synergies between two leading universities in fields as varied as quantum physics and social work".
The faculties of Arts, Education and Social Work held a Frontiers of Knowledge Symposium on "East and West - Cultural Understanding."
The delegation included Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of Medicine, Professor Eli Schwartz, Dean of Dentistry, Professor Gwynneth Llewlyn, Dean of Health Sciences and Professor Bruce Sutton, Chair of the Academic Board.
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