The University of Newcastle has further strengthened its links to China and India, visiting the two countries as part of the recent successful New South Wales Government trade and business mission, led by the Premier, Morris Iemma MP.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Barney Glover, joined representatives of all New South Wales' universities, and business leaders from across the State, in the five-day trip to China's Guangdong province, and New Delhi and Mumbai in India.
The universities signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration with the Guangdong Education Association for International Exchange, which represents 10 of the most significant universities in Guangdong province, a sister province to New South Wales.
Professor Glover said the Premier's delegation supported the University of Newcastle's extensive engagement strategies in the region.
"The visit to China and India gave us the opportunity to further build relationships with key industries, research institutions and universities," he said.
"The delegation followed the successful trips to China this year led by University representatives, in which we secured agreements with 12 Chinese universities and government agencies, and reinforced our strong interest in the region.
"China's economy is set to lead the world and we are securing research collaborations in areas of mutual interest."
The State Government considers China its primary bilateral trading partner, and India its fastest growing export market.