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Newsroom Releases 2015 January Unique collaboration to combine geological expertise

23/01/2015
Unique collaboration to combine geological expertise
JCU’s international reputation for excellence in geology and mineral exploration has seen it chosen by China’s premier geological sciences university for a unique collaboration.

Unique collaboration to combine geological expertise

China University of Geosciences, President Professor Yanxin Wang (front left) and JCU Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Robyn McGuiggan (front right) sign an agreement for a unique collaboration between the two institutions.

JCU’s international reputation for excellence in geology and mineral exploration has seen it chosen by China’s premier geological sciences university for a unique collaboration.

It will involve Chinese students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, heading to JCU Townsville to study.

The China University of Geosciences (CUG), which has campuses in Wuhan and Beijing, is internationally renowned as having the best geology and geological engineering programs among Chinese universities.

A delegation led by CUG President Yanxin Wang is visiting JCU Townsville today (Friday, January 23) to sign documents to formalise the agreement.

While the details of the collaboration are to be finalised, it is envisaged that selected Chinese undergraduate students starting at CUG will come to JCU and study for two years, in what as known in the tertiary sector as a “2 plus 2” arrangement.

This means JCU will recognise the students’ two years of previous study, and offer them two years at JCU toward the earning of their degree. The students will be paying international students fees while studying at the campus.

The delegation will also discuss and explore collaborative research opportunities for the two universities.

Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Robyn McGuiggan said the collaboration will help lift JCU’s profile in China and internationally.

“It will also place JCU in the band with the world’s first-class universities as part of the International University Consortium in Earth Science, which includes Stanford University and Moscow State University, among others,” Professor McGuiggan said.

“It will help raise JCU’s profile as an attractive destination for international students.

“Importantly, it will help foster a relationship to share knowledge and expertise between the two resource rich countries and the people who are at the front of the field in studying geology.

“The potential to increase research output on both sides is enormous.”

The agreement will also look to strengthen the conjoint PhD programs between the institutions. The first graduate of this program completed their degree in 2013. The conjoint PhD programs are typically funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC).

CUG President Professor Yanxin Wang said: “JCU’s geology and mineral exploration studies are cutting-edge and world-renowned. We look forward to collaborations with JCU at all levels, from staff collaboration to PhD projects and undergraduate education.”

Today’s Chinese delegation is composed of:

Prof. Yanxin Wang President of China University of Geosciences, CUG

A/Prof. Lijun Zhang Vice Dean of International Education College, CUG

A/Prof. Feng Xu Vice Dean of Graduate School, CUG

JCU will be represented by:

Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Robyn McGuiggan and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Global Strategy & Engagement A/Prof Zhaoshan Chang, Director, EGRU (Economic Geology Research Centre), JCU

Background to CUG:

CUG has 3195 staff, including ten academics in the Chinese Academy of Science, 420 professors, 497 associated professors. It has 64,000 students, including 25,000 full time students (approximately 6,500 postgraduates) and 800 international students. There are 86 research entities (labs and research schools, institute and centres), including two National Key Laboratories, one National Engineering and Technology Centre and 15 key research centres at the Ministry or Province level.

In addition to the best geology and engineering programs in China, it also has strong programs in marine science, geophysics, environmental sciences, material science and engineering, surveying, economics, law and management. It has extensive international collaborations with more than 100 universities worldwide.

In 2012 CUG established the International University Consortium in Earth Science (IUCES) together with Stanford University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Moscow State University, Macquarie University, University of Queensland, Waterloo University, Hong Kong University, Pierre and Marie Curie University, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and National Mineral Resources University to promote faculty and student exchange as well as research collaboration and conjoint PhD programs.