On the afternoon of Oct. 19, a delegation of 5 people led by Chancellor of University of Wollongong (UOW), Paul Wellings visited Beihang University. President Xu Huibin and Vice President Huang Haijun met the delegation at New Main Building. They signed Beihang – UOW Second Phase Construction of Joint Research Center Cooperation Agreement. Related representatives from the International Division, the School of Materials Science and Engineering, the School of Mathematics and Systems Science, the School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering and the School of Chemistry also attended the meeting.
President Xu Huibin extended warm welcome to the delegation of UOW. He reviewed and affirmed the achievements in such aspects as talents cultivation and research center development since the two universities established the cooperation. He hoped to deepen the cooperation and strengthen the relationship between Beihang and UOW in the future. Then, Vice President Huang Haijun and Dean of the School of Chemistry Jiang Lei delivered their speeches on the recent development of Beihang and the Joint Research Center respectively.
Prof. Paul Wellings expressed his gratitude for the warm reception. He said UOW attached great importance to the cooperation with Beihang University, and hoped to deepen collaboration in other aspects such as Life Science and Medical Science. During the meeting, the two sides reached consensus on students exchange, joint cultivation of postgraduates and other issues.
Then, the representatives from Beihang University and UOW signed the new Joint Research Center Cooperation Agreement. Since the establishment of Joint Research Center in 2014, significant achievements have been made in frontier and interdisciplinary fields. More than 90 papers were published, among which 33 papers were published in journals with Impact Factor above 8. They have jointly cultivated 15 students, exchanged more than 60 scholars, and held seminars on bilateral cooperation in disciplines for 6 times. The center has become a model for interdisciplinary cooperation between China and Australia.
According to the new agreement, the two sides will further strengthen their support to the Center, bring more disciplines into the construction of the Center, and encourage researchers to carry out more high-level international scientific research cooperation projects to apply for national joint laboratories.
Following the meeting, the delegation visited the Laboratory of Air Traffic Control and the Laboratory of Virtual Reality Technology and Systems.
Founded in 1951, the University of Wollongong is an Australian public research university. Beihang University signed university-level cooperation agreement with UOW in 2013 and developed cooperation in student exchange and joint doctoral cultivation. In 2014, the two universities set up the Joint Research Center.
Reported by Cao Qizheng
Photographed by Cui Chaoyang
Reviewed by Lyu Ying
Edited by Song Chao
Translated by Zhao Yue