Melbourne and Tsinghua to create new virtual campus

April 14 / 132

Dr. Chen Jining, Executive Vice President and Professor of Tsinghua University with Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis.
Dr. Chen Jining, Executive Vice President and Professor of Tsinghua University with Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis.

A cloud-based ‘virtual’ campus is the focus of a new agreement between the University of Melbourne and Tsinghua University signed yesterday. 

The ‘C-Campus’ agreement between the University of Melbourne and Tsinghua University will deliver joint classes and ‘e-subjects’ for students at both institutions, starting with advanced courses on separation science and technology in chemical engineering. 

It will also function as a platform for research collaboration across disciplines including chemical engineering and medicine, with more disciplines being added progressively.  

Both universities have committed to establish seed funds to stimulate further joint research and innovation in online learning.

The agreement expands on a 25-year history of collaboration between the two universities and a 2013 agreement that provides for joint PhD degrees, the first time Tsinghua has partnered with an Australian university on a university-wide PhD agreement.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said the C-Campus would provide new opportunities for both universities.

“This agreement will act as a platform to support Tsinghua-Melbourne cooperation across research, education and innovation, and support the implementation of new web-based learning tools,” he said. 

"Melbourne and Tsinghua have a longstanding strategic relationship which includes research collaborations in multiple disciplines, student exchange programs and summer schools in Melbourne for outstanding Tsinghua undergraduates.

“We’ve been very pleased with the existing work we have done with Tsinghua University, such as that led by Professor Peter Scales and the Australia-China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management. This new agreement is an exciting next step.”  

This current agreement comes just months after the launch of the Melbourne Asia Research Network.

It is the second C-Campus established by Tsinghua, following an agreement with Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in 2012.  

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