Smart cities MOU strengthens University of Newcastle-China relationship

Friday, 8 December 2017


The University of Newcastle has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with South China Agricultural University at the NSW-Guangdong Joint Economic Meeting (JEM), recognising the shared strengths of both institutions across a number of disciplines including architecture, environmental studies, agriculture, and energy.

MOU signing at NSW-Guangdong Joint Economic Meeting

Signed by University of Newcastle Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Advancement), Mrs Winnie Eley, and South China Agricultural University Vice President of International, Prof Yang Zhou, the MOU was the only agreement signed under the ‘Urban Revitalisation and Smart Cities’ theme at the JEM.

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the MOU would further expand the University’s relationship with China and establish valuable new industry and innovation pathways in emerging areas such as smart cities.

“Through this MOU, we look forward to partnering with colleagues at South China Agricultural University to undertake joint research in shared areas of interest and strength like the scientific underpinnings of smart cities, and to explore opportunities for industry collaboration.

“The knowledge and experience we gain through this partnership will enhance our university’s capacity to support our regions in their economic and smart city digital transformations,” said Professor McMillen.

Mrs Eley thanked the Premier of NSW, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, for the opportunity to join the delegation of 50 leaders from some of NSW’s most innovative companies, organisations and educational institutions.

“As we celebrate 38 years of the NSW-Guangdong Sister State relationship, we thank Premier Berejiklian for leading this important business delegation to Guangdong Province to develop promising collaboration opportunities.”

Mrs Eley said the MOU supported key strategic objectives under the University of Newcastle’s New Futures Strategic Plan 2016-2025.

“This partnership will enable both institutions to participate in programs for study and research and create opportunities for exchange and study abroad, supporting our shared goals of nurturing globally mobile staff and students.

“We look forward to sharing the project outcomes and progress in the 27th JEM to be held in Sydney in 2019.”

Project leaders, University of Newcastle Dean of School of Architecture, Professor SueAnne Ware and South China Agricultural University Director of Office of International Relations Mr Feng Lixin will oversee initiatives at each institution, with activity to commence in 2018.