University of New South Wales and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Strategic Cooperation

[Source]    xinhuanet.com [Time]    2019-02-28 12:42:54 
 

On the afternoon of February 19th, local time, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) co-held the celebration marking the 10th anniversary of strategic cooperation and the establishment of the Confucius Institute in The Chinese Garden of Friendship, a quaint Chinese-style garden in Sydney.

In 2009, the two universities collaborated to establish the Confucius Institute at UNSW. Over the past ten years, the two sides have engaged in close cooperation in scientific research projects, student exchanges, high-level visits, and educational management, with the cooperation involving such disciplines as engineering, business, literature, law, and medicine. The two sides co-established the joint innovation center and the China-Australia neurobiology and cognition center. More than 50 scholars have received support from the cooperative research fund and published 218 collaborative publications. Over 300 students of UNSW came to study in SJTU.

Over the past decade, the Confucius Institute at UNSW has built partnerships with 25 local institutions and organized more than 200 exchange events whose participants totaled about 30,000, contributing to the promotion of Chinese language education and the spread of Chinese culture.

At the celebration, Ian Jacobs, President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW, said that the Confucius Institute at UNSW had made outstanding achievements and contributions in spreading Chinese culture, integrating Chinese culture into the university and connecting society. He hoped that the two universities could take the 10th anniversary as a new starting point from which the fire of friendship and cooperation would become brighter.

Xu Xuemin, Vice President of SJTU, said that the cooperation between the two universities had made great progress in various fields and such friendly cooperation would continue to be innovated and carried forward.

Xi Junfang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UNSW, hoped that the Confucius Institute would remain the bond of cooperation between the two universities in the next decade, with a view to promote the development of Chinese language education in Australia.

As the celebration coincided with Chinese Lantern Festival, the guests present guessed lantern riddles together and appreciated the beautiful scenery of the garden as well as exchanged the greetings.

More than 100 people attended the event, including Zong Wa, Minister-Counselor for Education of the Chinese Embassy in Australia, Niu Wenqi, Education Counselor of the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, and other celebrities from local academic and business circles.

(Story by Hao Yalin, xinhuanet.com, Sydney, February 20th)

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