The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has signed four new partnership agreements in China totalling more than $31million.
"UTS is proud to be an active partner in research, teaching, and industry collaboration with many leading Chinese universities, institutes, government organisations and businesses," said UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs.
"As a practice-based technology university, with specialities in research, innovation and entrepreneurship and preparing students for jobs of the future, our network of valued partners in China expands our collaboration, thinking and global approach.
"We are currently in talks with our partners to establish a UTS Centre, to promote research and development, industry engagement, commercialisation and research training," said Professor Brungs.
This week agreements and Memorandums of Understanding have been signed with each of the following:
- Shanghai University to establish a new Joint Engineering and Innovation Institute, based in Shanghai, to focus on engineering and innovation research, teaching and engagement.
- BroadLink, a leading Chinese smart electronics company, to jointly fund 50 PhD scholarships for collaboration to expand joint research in artificial intelligence and the internet of things (IoT). Valued at $17million.
- Southern University of Science and Technology, to jointly fund 30 PhD scholarships for collaboration in the disciplinary area of information technology. Valued at $4.2 million.
- China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), one of 26 state-owned high-tech enterprises, to collaborate for a further five years on research projects, led by UTS. This extends the collaboration commenced in February 2016 to develop high-temperature superconductor high-data-rate receiver technologies. UTS's collaboration with CETC is worth a total of $10million and is based at the CETC Research Institute on Smart Cities.
"We are proud to be one of the top 50 most international universities in the world, and this is reinforced by the quality of our collaborations with China," said Professor Brungs.
"UTS is now working with more than 40 Chinese universities, companies and government bodies to foster strong relationships between Australia and China, enhancing opportunities for Chinese and Australian innovation and technology to solve complex issues and enhance their lives."