University strengthens research links with China Agricultural University

May 11 / 61

The University's Beijing Open Day
The University's Beijing Open Day

Sustainable water management and reducing greenhouse gas emissions will be the focus of new work by University researchers and staff from China Agricultural University (CAU). 

Dean of the Melbourne School of Land and Environment (MSLE) Professor Rick Roush re-signed the two Universities’ Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Haidan, Beijing, last Friday.  

The signing of the MoU was part of a two-week trip to China by senior University staff, which included public lectures and open days for prospective students. 

Associate Dean (International) Associate Professor Paul Taylor said the agreement between MSLE, the Melbourne School of Engineering and CAU’s College of Resources and Environment would further research exchange between the two Universities. 

“We are very interested in exploring exchange programs for research staff between the two universities, focused on the mutually-decided priority areas such as sustainable water management or mitigation of green house gas emissions or plant nutrient recycling.

“The re-signing of this agreement helps strengthen areas of research collaboration that we are already undertaking in both Australia and China,” he said.

The University’s collaboration with CAU in last decade has generated more than 30 scientific publications, jointly trained four PhD and three Masters students.

The agreement means it will be easier to provide Chinese students with a pathway into the University’s Bachelor of Agriculture.  CAU students would complete two years of their degree in China before transferring to Melbourne to finish their last three semesters.  

Staff from both universities will also seek to develop ways for Chinese students who complete their degree in CAU to move into the MSLE Master coursework degrees by offering a subject credit, or possibly teaching a prerequisite subject in China. 

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