University strengthens research collaboration through Chinese partnerships

April 14 / 132

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis with Professor Jinghai Li, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, celebrating the research agreement.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis with Professor Jinghai Li, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, celebrating the research agreement.

Two agreements between the University and prestigious Chinese research bodies will further support its multi-faceted research engagement with China. 

Greater research collaboration will be the focus of a newly re-signed agreement between the University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). 

One of the leading scientific research organisations in the world, CAS and the University will organise annual workshops, with academics from both institutions gathering to discuss potential joint-research collaboration and funding proposals.  

Melbourne will host the first workshop in the second half of 2014.

Collaborative research on mental health issues, from schizophrenia to disaster mental health, will be the focus of a new University and Peking University centre launched in Beijing.

The University of Melbourne-Peking University Centre for Psychiatric Research and Training will bring together world experts from both institutions to study all aspects of mental health, from biological to epidemiological and psycho-social.

It will also provide co-supervision of PhD students and support post-doctoral exchanges. 

The new centre is the culmination of a ten-year partnership on issues of mental health between the two universities, led by Melbourne’s Department of Psychiatry, Asialink, Asia Australia Mental Health and the Peking University Institute of Mental Health.

Over the past ten years, the two universities have collaborated closely, particularly in the national roll out of modern community mental health services across China through the so-called ‘686 Project’.  

“This project is one of the largest mental health reform programs globally, delivering community psychiatric services covering a population of over 900 million people,” said Professor Ian Everall, Head of the Department of Psychiatry.

Professor Everall said the centre was an exciting step forward in the collaboration between the two institutions. 

“The partnership has grown from clinical services to knowledge transfer and now, in this new venture, collaborative research.

“Our aim over the next ten years is to have 50 PhD students jointly trained between Melbourne and Peking.  

Our students will receive a greater understanding of the key mental health issues in Asia and conversely, students from Peking will have full access to the range of psychiatric research expertise Melbourne has to offer,” he said.

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