Deakin University has further strengthened its research ties with China by the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Beijing Pharma and Biotech Centre (BPBC).
BPBC is a Beijing municipal governmental consulting agency and the pivot of the industry in Beijing among governmental agencies, research institutions, the city's universities, biomedical enterprises and academic organisations.
The aim of the new partnership is to promote interest in the development and transfer of bio-pharmaceutical and medical technology and to attract capital investments between Victoria and Beijing.
“The signing of this MoU provides new opportunities for Deakin in research and development,” said Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Development), Professor Joe Graffam, who led the University's delegation at the signing ceremony at the Institute for Frontier Materials in Geelong.
“BPBC is the principal health research agency of the Beijing local government and a component of the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission.
“This is an important relationship.
“Indirectly, this MoU also helps strengthen our existing relationships in China.
“Deakin is a research partner in the Sino-Australian Initiative for Automotive Materials with Wuhan Iron and Steel Corporation, Hefei University of Technology, and the China Academy for Tropical Agricultural Sciences.
“We have a strong relationship with Dahlian Polytechnic University in food science that includes research and teaching exchanges.
“We have a similar relationship with Capital Medical University, Beijing, in terms of health sciences.
“We also have a well-established research partnership with Shanghai Mental Health Centre and other ongoing research collaborations in our areas of strength.
“Deakin is committed to adding value to our partner organisations.
"Therefore, we expect that as the MoU that we have signed with BPBC materialises, both organisations will benefit, and that BPBC will see its relationship with Deakin as valuable and beneficial to its profile, its purpose, and its performance.”
The MoU was signed by Professor Graffam and Ms Li Qiong, Deputy Director-General of (BPBC).
“This is the first MoU we have signed with any university in Australia and we are really looking forward to collaborating with Deakin,” she said.
In addition to Ms Li Qiong, the Chinese delegation at the signing included:
Mr YAN Cheng, Deputy Director-General, Beijing Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau.
Mr LI Shizhu, Deputy Director-General, Administration Committee of Zhongguancun Science Park.
Ms LI Jingrui, Deputy Director-General, Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission.
Mr YU Miao, Director of Talent Department, Organizational Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Beijing Municipal Committee, and Director-General of Beijing Center for Human Resources Research
Mr WANG Lanping, Director-General, Beijing High-Tech Transfer Center
Mr LI Shouyong, Deputy Director-General, Rural Development Center of Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission
Ms Gina Jiang, Assistant Director for Resource Investment Promotion, BPBC.