- 中澳关系渐行渐近 (Uni of Adelaide alumni Tim Harcourt launches his book 《The Airport Economist / 机场经济学家》in Chinese !
- Chinese alumni 'contribute $100m' into Australian Tourism sector
- The AustCham Westpac Australia – China Business Awards- Nominations Close April 5!
- Battery breakthrough brings longer life to electric vehicles/ 锂硫电池创新推动电动车辆推广
- UQ mission to China explores commercialisation opportunities/ 澳大利亚昆士兰大学代表团到访中国 ：探寻商业化机遇
- Joint laboratory to map brain behaviour/ 中科院-昆士兰大学实验室协力攻坚脑疾
- ACAA/Victoria University Tourism Survey Results- soon to be released 澳中同学联谊会和维多利亚大学旅游调查问卷结果即将揭晓
- $2 million underpins China-Australia sustainability partnership
- Applications for Round 3 of the Hamer Scholarships will open from 1 March - 7 April
- New Dean appointed for the Australian School of Business
- Starry Celebration For Square Kilometre Array
- Griffith University Alumnus of the Decade Competition
- University of Sydney Essay Competition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations
- The Foundation for Australian Studies in China Established, Applications now open for BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies in Peking University
- 2013 Australian Government Endeavour Awards
- Prime Minister Announces Plan to Open new Australian Consulate in Chengdu
- Swinburne University helps australian innovators in solar world first
- Former Peking University President revisits Griffith University
新州州长与新任中国驻悉尼总领事举行会晤 - 2013-05-24
中澳关系渐行渐近 (Uni of Adelaide alumni Tim Harcourt launches his book 《The Airport Economist / 机场经济学家》in Chinese ! - 2013-05-08
Chinese alumni 'contribute $100m' into Australian Tourism sector - 2013-04-07
Original article by Julie Hare, The Australian, April 04, 2013
CHINESE alumni of Australian universities continue to bolster the local economy years after graduation, with the majority returning at least once and 20 per cent coming back more than five times over a five-year period.
A survey of Chinese alumni by Victoria University researcher Jo Pyke found 65 per cent of 1200 alumni interviewed for the research said they had returned at least once within the past five years, and over 90 per cent said they intended to return.
Each year 150,000 Chinese students come to Australian universities to study. If only 50 per cent returned over five years, more than $100 million would be injected back into the economy every year.
“[Trade and tertiary education minister] Craig Emerson recently told a trade forum in Melbourne not to underestimate the power of alumni,” Dr Pyke said.
“But we don't know much about our alumni. Overseas, alumni relations is huge and a fundamental part of university operations and it's not given a lot of profile in Australia.”
The research suggests the economic value of education to the Australian economy is much greater than the $14.7 billion contribution claimed in 2012.
“This is a very sophisticated group. All of them hold a university degree and 60 per cent of those interviewed held a masters degree. They come back for at least two weeks for multiple reasons – have a holiday, catch up with friends, do business, undertake further study or professional activities.”
Edward Smith, a Beijing-based business consultant and founder of the Australia China Alumni Association, said it was a struggle to get the tourism industry to think more long-term about overseas students, particularly the Chinese who make up 40 per cent of international higher education enrolments.
“There is a multiplier effect. They study here for between three and eight years. Family and friends visit during that time. Once graduated they come back, many times, with friends, parents, spouses, children. And they also recommend Australia as a destination.”
Mr Smith noted that Prime Minister Julia Gillard will host a dinner celebrating 40 years of collaboration in education and science while in China next week. Forty prominent alumni are expected to attend.
The AustCham Westpac Australia – China Business Awards- Nominations Close April 5! - 2013-03-28
The AustCham Westpac Australia – China Business Awards (ACBAs) has for 20 years been a means of recognising companies that have worked to deliver Australian products or services to Greater China.
They are recognised as a high-profile celebration of business success amongst Australian business communities in the region.
Benefits for finalists and winners:
- Participation in an extensive promotional campaign that reaches media, government entities and leading business decision makers across Greater China.
- Branding opportunities in the lead up to and on the night of the Gala Awards dinner (6th June).
- Media promotion through press releases distributed for the event.
- Exposure to the Greater China network of the Australian Chambers of Commerce, encompassing Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong & Macau, South China and West China.
- Invitation to Leadership Forum on 7th June, attended by senior Westpac representatives and the Ambassador to China.
Who is eligible?
Australian-registered companies with operations in China are eligible to enter. The ACBAs accepts entries from companies across all sectors, and businesses of all sizes.
All companies are welcome to attend the Gala Awards dinner and Leadership Forum on the 6 and 7 June.
* Westpac Business Excellence Award for Large Enterprises * Business Excellence Award for Small & Medium Enterprises * Business Excellence Award for Start Up Enterprises * Green Resources Capital Business Excellence Award for Sustainable Development * Chairman’s Award for Greatest Impact on the Australia – China Business Relationship * Chinese Honorary Award for Greatest Impact on the Australia – China Bilateral Relationship
How do I enter? Enter at www.austcham-china.com
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Battery breakthrough brings longer life to electric vehicles/ 锂硫电池创新推动电动车辆推广 - 2013-03-18
A new lithium-sulphur battery that can run electric vehicles is being developed at the Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia.
Using innovative technology, researchers at the Centre aim to produce a composite of sulphur (an electrical insulator), and carbon (a conductor) with excellent stability and energy content to improve high-energy lithium-sulphur batteries.
UQ-based Project Leader, Professor Ian Gentle said the technology had the potential to provide the high-energy density storage needed to increase the range of electric vehicles to several hundred kilometres, which will help overcome one of the major barriers to the acceptance of this technology.
“While lithium-ion batteries are widely used in small electronic appliances, they can’t provide the capacity needed for heavy energy users such as cars, which is at least three times greater than that currently available,” he said.
“The widespread use of zero emission vehicles, when teamed with sustainable energy sources, is an important part of an environmentally-friendly energy strategy, and Baosteel is partnering with UQ to develop advanced materials and technologies that will contribute towards this goal.”
Other potential applications of the research include back-up power for wind and solar power plants, and emergency power for disaster areas.
In March, UQ’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj will meet with senior leaders at the Baosteel Corporation in Shanghai to reaffirm the valued links between the University and the world’s second largest steel maker.
Professor Høj said an enduring partnership with Baosteel meant the University had been able to provide technological support through a number of high-quality projects.
“Through this collaboration, and as shown in the new lithium-sulphur batteries, we are making significant advances in research developments and providing solutions to sustainability issues to benefit the community, both locally and internationally,” he said.
“We are committed to finding new ways to drive the growth of clean energy and bringing cheaper, cleaner power to the world.”
About The University of Queensland (UQ)
The University of Queensland is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions. It is consistently ranked in the top 100 in four independent global rankings. With more than 45,000 students and 6500 staff, UQ’s teaching is informed by research, and spans six faculties and eight research institutes.
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About Baosteel Group Corporation
Baosteel Group Corporation, headquartered in Shanghai, is currently the most competitive iron and steel complex in China. With business revenues of RMB 195.3 billion (AUD28.6 billion), total profits of RMB 14.9 billion (AUD2.18 billion), total assets of RMB 402 billion (AUD58.89 billion), net assets of RMB 243 billion (AUD35.59 billion), and a total of 106,914 employees, the corporation ranked 276th among the Fortune 500 companies in 2010, and has been ranked in the Fortune 500 for seven consecutive years. In 2009, it was awarded the title of "World's Most Admired Company". During 2010, the company's steel production totalled 44.5 million tons, ranking it No. 3 in the world. The company was the global partner of the Shanghai Expo and the general supplier of steel for that event.
The company is committed to sustainable development and corporate responsibility. It was the first metallurgical company in China to gain the ISO14001 Environmental Quality Certification. It is one of the first three Chinese companies to sign the Global compact. In 2006, it joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and became the council's second member from China. Baosteel is also on the Executive Board of the World Steel Association.
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UQ mission to China explores commercialisation opportunities/ 澳大利亚昆士兰大学代表团到访中国 ：探寻商业化机遇 - 2013-03-18
The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia will strengthen research and teaching collaborations when it meets with key Chinese partners in March.
Commercialisation will be on top of the agenda during the Mission, during which University Executives will engage with leaders from a range of leading Chinese universities and industry partners.
UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the five-day mission provided a platform for the University to discuss current projects with existing collaborators, as well as explore new opportunities for joint initiatives.
“It is not only an opportunity for the University to promote its research and teaching success, but also to discuss how best to ensure this research benefits the community,” he said.
“UQ is consistently ranked in the top 100 universities in the world by the four main ranking tables. We are known for our great graduates and world class research and discovery – now we need to translate all of this into real world services and products,” he said.
UQ has maintained a long-term bilateral relationship with China, in particular within the scientific community, and currently has more than 100 formal research and academic agreements with 58 institutions in the country.
UQ’s key engagement initiatives with China are multifaceted and include:
• A partnership with the Shanghai-based Baosteel Group, plus three other Australian universities, to establish the Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre. Based at UQ, the Centre conducts research that will ultimately lead to the more sustainable production of steel.
• The collaboration between UQ’s Diamantina Institute, the Queensland Brain Institute, and the Shanghai Changzheng Hospital of the Second Military Medical University, to create the Joint Sino-Australian and Neurogenetics Laboratory. This facility is dedicated to uncovering the genes that cause, or make people susceptible to, certain neurological and mental illnesses, including motor neuron disease, schizophrenia and epilepsy.
• An alliance with Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters and Tianjin University that has established the UQ Confucius Institute. The Institute aims to promote Chinese language and culture and to build collaborative relationships with China in the field of Science, Engineering and Technology. The Centre plays a key role in facilitating student mobility programs between UQ and its Chinese partners.
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昆士兰大学校长Peter Høj 教授说五天的到访搭建了一个与现有合作伙伴探讨项目的交流平台，同时也为双方联合发展探寻新的机遇提供了机会。
昆士兰大学校长Peter Høj 教授说五天的到访搭建了一个与现有合作伙伴探讨项目的交流平台，同时也为双方联合发展探寻新的机遇提供了机会。
Joint laboratory to map brain behaviour/ 中科院-昆士兰大学实验室协力攻坚脑疾 - 2013-03-18
A research laboratory using advanced imaging techniques and computational analysis to understand brain behaviour is being established as a joint initiative between The University of Queensland (UQ) and The Institute of Automation at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIA).
Researchers from UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) and CASIA will work in partnership at the Sino-Australian Laboratory of Brainnetome to map brain behaviour and develop a greater understanding of how neural networks function in both diseased and normal states.
Professor Tianzi Jiang, a neuroimaging researcher who has a joint appointment with UQ and CASIA, will oversee the development of the new laboratory.
“Both the institutes share common interests in using neuroimaging techniques to understand brain networks and have complementary expertise and facilities in the field,” Professor Jiang said.
“We believe that collaborative research and scientific exchange through the establishment of a joint research laboratory will be mutually beneficial for both UQ and CASIA.”
Five researchers from UQ, and 12 researchers and 20 PhD students from CASIA will collaborate on research both in China and at QBI at UQ’s St Lucia campus in Brisbane, Australia.
Queensland Brain Institute Director Professor Perry Bartlett said he was confident the partnership with such a high-quality institute in China would deliver exciting outcomes.
“Using the advanced technology at CASIA neuroimaging to track brain behaviour when performing tasks provides invaluable insight into brain behavior,” he said.
“This not only helps us to understand how a healthy brain works, but it also provides insight into the wiring changes that occur in a diseased brain.”
The findings will be used to develop computational models to diagnose changes in brain wiring associated with diseases.
Computational analysis and neuroimaging will also be applied to other areas of research at QBI such as learning and memory.
“This approach will be used in our Science of Learning Centre to understand the networks involved during learning and the formation of memories and applied to deliver more effective education models in schools and universities,” Professor Bartlett said.
In March, UQ’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj will meet with senior leaders from CAS as part of a one-week visit to China.
The Sino-Australian Laboratory of Brainnetome adds to the collaborative portfolio between UQ and CAS. Other joint UQ-CAS initiatives include the Joint Laboratory of Neuroscience and Cognition with the Institute of Biophysics, which is dedicated to providing solutions to overcome disorders of the brain by improving the function of nerve cells.
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ACAA/Victoria University Tourism Survey Results- soon to be released 澳中同学联谊会和维多利亚大学旅游调查问卷结果即将揭晓 - 2013-03-13
Following on from the survey of the travel habits of some 1200 China-based alumni of Australian universities last year, the ACAA will help run a one-day strategic think-tank to consider the nexus between international education and tourism.从去年对在中国的1200的澳大利亚大学校友的旅游习惯的调查，澳中同学联谊会将会帮助国际教育和旅游之间的关系为期一天的战略考量
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$2 million underpins China-Australia sustainability partnership - 2013-03-04
The University of South Australia and China’s Tianjin University have forged a $2 million dollar partnership to develop advanced research and expertise in sustainable urban development that will reach across China, Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
The China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development was launched at UniSA on February 21 at a special event incorporating a two-day symposium looking at sustainable cities.
The launch attracted more than 100 participants including a delegation of 27 Chinese academics, researchers and civil servants.
Opening the event, UniSA Vice Chancellor and President Professor David Lloyd said the partnership would build research capacity in a field that is both environmentally and regionally significant.
“This is a truly exciting collaboration for Australia and our efforts to make a contribution to mitigating climate change,” Professor Lloyd said.
“Reports have shown that improvements in waste-management, transport infrastructure, and building design and planning, offer by far the biggest potential for cost effective greenhouse gas reductions. With the world’s largest population, these are core issues for China and for Australia, as one of the highest greenhouse gas emitters per capita, sustainability is vital.”
Prof Lloyd said by 2025 the Asia-Pacific region would account for almost half of the global economy’s output, as the largest producer of goods and services and the planet’s largest consumers.
“For these reasons the issue of sustainability is fundamental to our future prosperity and that is why establishing the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban development is as visionary as it is timely,” Prof Lloyd said.
“Our partnership with Tianjin University will bring together and impart new skills to our region’s future leaders, and work closely with industry government and communities across the Asia-Pacific.”
President of Tianjin University Professor Li Jiajun, said the foundation of the Centre would deepen the friendship between the two universities.
“The Centre will reinforce exchange and cooperation in student training, scientific research and outreach and promote synergy in problem solving,” Prof Li Jiajun said.
“There is strong confidence that the joint Centre will harvest fruitful results with even greater contribution to the sustainable development of Australia, China and the world.”
UniSA Director of the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, Professor Steffen Lehmann, predicts the Centre and the $2 million investment provided by the University of South Australia and Tianjin University will support real growth in research.
“We expect the Centre to be the base for many PhD researchers from Australia, China and other parts of our region in the next five years who will be working on aspects of urban sustainability and our aim is to work across disciplines to bring together new thoughts and ideas – to look at the science, the social psychology, and the economics that provide the threads for more sustainable urban living,” he said.
Prof Lehmann says the Centre will not only operate as a leading international think-tank dedicated to addressing complex urban research questions, it will also provide international opportunities for students from China and Australia, and collaborations with governments, private-sector organisations, research institutions, industry and environmental and community groups around the world.
“Already we’re preparing to welcome planning directors from 300 Chinese cities who will access ‘training the trainers’ education so that they can work to share best practice theories in sustainable urban planning and train more of their own people in the principles of sustainable planning and development,” he said.
Emerging research themes for the new Centre include responses to rapid population growth, ageing populations and unsustainable resource consumption.
Researchers at the Centre will be contributing to evidence-based policy and program recommendations in building and adapting age-friendly cities, urban farming and productive urban landscapes, prefabricated timber high-rise, behaviour change to reduce consumption and waste; and developing a zero-waste mindset.
Applications for Round 3 of the Hamer Scholarships will open from 1 March - 7 April - 2013-02-17
As part of the Victorian International Engagement Strategy the Victorian Government has established the Hamer Scholarships, a Chinese language scholarship program designed to build the language capabilities of Victorians and help strengthen cultural awareness between Victoria and China.
The program will provide scholarships for up to 50 Victorians a year to undertake intensive Chinese language study at one of the five Jiangsu-based universities or institutions nominated by the Jiangsu Provincial Government.
Worth $10,000 each, the scholarships will be a boost for Chinese-focused skill sets for the State and will create business, cultural and educational representatives for Victoria in Jiangsu Province, China. The program will also further strengthen Victoria’s important Sister-State relationship with Jiangsu Province.
About the Scholarships
The Scholarships are primarily aimed at Victorians working in all private, public, not for profit and creative industries with linkages to China. Recent graduates, higher education students and researchers with specific study and/or research links to China are also welcome to apply.
Candidates will be required to do their own research to seek available courses at one of the institutions nominated by the Jiangsu Provincial Government.
Terms & Conditions
The Hamer Scholarship provides up to $10,000 for a minimum of one semester study duration. The scholarship is to be used for language study related expenses only.
Jiangsu Province Institutions
These institutions are recommended by the Jiangsu Provincial Government, China: Nanjing University, Nanjing Normal University, Jiangnan University, Soochow University.
More information on the program and how to apply can be found here: http://www.dbi.vic.gov.au/projects-and-inititatives/the-hamer-scholarships
New Dean appointed for the Australian School of Business - 2013-01-10
UNSW Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer today announced the appointment of Professor Geoffrey Garrett as Dean of the Australian School of Business.
Professor Garrett will replace Professor Alec Cameron, who is moving to a Deputy Vice-Chancellor post at the University of Western Australia.
Currently Dean of the University of Sydney’s Business School, Professor Garrett has had a distinguished international career. He has held continuing academic appointments at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as well as global leadership positions as President of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and Dean and Vice Provost of the UCLA International Institute.
A dual citizen of Australia and the United States, Garrett earned his MA and PhD at Duke University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and holds a BA (Hons) from the Australian National University. He returned to Australia in 2008 to become founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
“I am delighted Professor Garrett has agreed to take up this position,” Professor Hilmer said.
“The Australian School of Business is recognised as one of the region’s leading business schools, with world-class teaching and research capabilities. At a time of change in the global and regional business and educational environment Professor Garrett comes with impressive credentials to take the School forward.
“I also take this opportunity to thank Professor Cameron for his immense contribution to the University.
“Alec played a major role in bringing together our Faculty of Commerce and the Australian Graduate School of Management to form the ASB, becoming its founding Dean in 2007. Under his leadership the ASB has grown to become a leader in the Asia Pacific and a business school of world standing,” Professor Hilmer said.
Professor Garrett will take up the Deanship by mid 2013. Professor Greg Whitwell will be Acting Dean of the School in the interim.
Starry Celebration For Square Kilometre Array - 2012-06-18
His Excellency, Malcolm McCusker, Governor of Western Australia, and Mrs Tonya McCusker, Federal and State Ministers, astronomers and other scientists were among the guests celebrating Australia’s share in the $2 billion international radio telescope project, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
Friday’s celebration, at Government House, was hosted by The University of Western Australia and Curtin University, partners in the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research – the centre that forms the nucleus of radio-astronomy research in Australia.
Senator Chris Evans, Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, State Minister for Science and Innovation John Day a representative of the Murchison-based Wajarri Yamaji people, and members of the Murchison Shire Council (where the SKA will be built) joined UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson and Curtin’s acting Vice-Chancellor Professor David Wood.
Members of the CSIRO and iVEC, which is establishing one of the world’s 20 most powerful supercomputers in Perth, also attended. iVEC involves UWA, Curtin, Murdoch and Edith Cowan Universities and the CSIRO.
Professor Johnson said the $400 million invested by Federal and State Governments in the SKA had already had a transformative effect on WA and enabled UWA and Curtin to attract some of the world’s best researchers at the forefront of radio astronomy.
“The SKA’s potential to inspire a nation, excite future generations of scientists and ignite collaborations both within academia and the wider community should not be underestimated,” Professor Johnson said.
“At an international level, the SKA should ensure that Australia maintains a key role in generating new knowledge of global significance; at a State level, Western Australia will add new cutting edge science to its portfolio of globally competitive resources; and at a university level, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research will continue to be a very important collaboration between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia.
“The SKA project is likely to attract many of the world’s top scientists and researchers in fields such as astronomy, computer science, engineering, geology, environmental management and renewable energy,” Professor Johnson said.
Griffith University Alumnus of the Decade Competition - 2012-06-13
For your chance to win one of five return trips to Brisbane and the Gold Coast including five nights' accommodation, simply tell Griffith university where your Griffith degree has taken you.
Enter the Alumnus of the Decade competition today!
Griffith University are looking for entries from alumni who graduated in either the 1970's or 1980's or 1990's or 2000's.
Click below to download a copy of the entry form.
All submissions are due by close of business on Wednesday 11 July, 2012.
Winners will be announced at Griffith Alumni events being held in both Beijing and Guangzhou in September.
University of Sydney Essay Competition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations - 2012-06-13
The China Studies Centre of the University of Sydney is organising a young person's essay competition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations.
The competition is designed to encourage Australian and Chinese young people up to the age of 25 to engage with each other and thereby strengthen mutual understanding and ensure future collaboration between the two countries.
• The theme of your essay needs to be 'The Australia-China relationship and its future'.
• You can submit one essay only, written in either Chinese or English.
• The maximum character count for the Chinese essay is 2000 characters. For the English essay, the maximum is 2500 words.
• For both for the Chinese and English essays, one First Prize will be awarded, along with two Second Prizes, and two Third Prizes.
• Applicant can download the application form here.
• Completed application form together with the essay should reach the China Studies Centre email email@example.com on or before 15 August 2012.
Essay Assessment Panels
• A separate panel of experts will judge the Chinese essays and the English essays. Each panel will consist of 5 members drawn from universities, chaired by a leading member of the China Studies Centre.
• The decision of Assessment Panels will be final.
• For both the Chinese and English essays，first Prize is a cash award of A$3000; Second Prize is A$2000; Third Prize is A$1000. All winners who will attend the Award Ceremony will also entitle to a travel allowance of the amount A$1,000; a visit to the University of Sydney, and their essay will be included in the brochure of the 40th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations essay competition.
The China Studies Centre will inform the competition winners individually around mid-September. Winners will also be invited to participate in the competition's award ceremony and cocktail reception in Sydney on 13 November 2012, where they can share their essays and thoughts with guests and media on this very happy occasion.
The tentative venue of the award ceremony is the New South Wales Government House. Confirmed guests of honour include the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO , also Chancellor of the University of Sydney; and the University's Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence.
The Foundation for Australian Studies in China Established, Applications now open for BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies in Peking University - 2012-05-02
The Foundation for Australian Studies in China has recently been established with the support of the Australia-China Council. The Foundation is an independent non-profit foundation in Australia established to support Australian Studies Centres located across China and to provide funding and other assistance to the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies located at Peking University in Beijing, People's Republic of China.
The Foundation will play a significant role in the promotion of Australian Studies in China and will further expand and strengthen research and teaching alliances and links between Australian and Chinese universities.
The key objectives of the Foundation are:
1. Bridge two Countries: Support programs or activities that enhance the mutual understanding and engagement between people of Australia and China
2. Enhance Understanding: Enhance the understanding of Australia in China through funding and other support provided to Australian Studies Centres
3. Sponsor Educational Activities: Provide scholarships for educational exchanges between Australia and China as well as funding support to a Chair of Australian Studies
The Foundation is now seeking Expressions of Interest from qualified applicants for the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University (Chair). A full job description and selection criteria are available for viewing by clicking this link
You can also visit the Foundation website for further information: http://www.fasic.org.au
2013 Australian Government Endeavour Awards - 2012-04-05
The Endeavour Awards is Australia’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. The Awards aim to support enduring ties between Australia and its neighbours, and support high achieving individuals to increase their skills and global awareness.
The 2013 Endeavour Awards round opened on 1 April 2012, and will close on 30 June 2012.
There are three types of Endeavour Awards open to Chinese citizens:
• Endeavour Executive Award, which provides funding for high achieving individuals in business, government, education or industry to undertake one to four month professional development opportunities with a host organisation in Australia.
• Endeavour Postgraduate or Postdoctoral Award, which provides funding for academically gifted students to undertake part or all of their PhD or postdoctoral studies in Australia in a wide range of disciplines.
• Endeavour VET Award, which provides funding for vocational students to undertake a diploma or associated degree in one of Australia’s world renowned TAFEs or VET colleges.
The Endeavour Awards generally covers all costs, including travel, insurance, stipends and tuition, where relevant.
For further information on the awards, application guidelines and access to the online application system, please click here, or contact AEI Beijing (via firstname.lastname@example.org).
Prime Minister Announces Plan to Open new Australian Consulate in Chengdu - 2012-03-20
Opening of new Consulate-General in Chengdu
Joint media release:
- The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia
- Senator the Hon Bob Carr, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
- The Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP, Australian Minister for Trade and Competitiveness
20 March 2012
Prime Minister Julia Gillard today announced that the Government intends to open a Consulate-General in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan Province.
The announcement comes as Australia and the People's Republic of China celebrate this year their 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
Australia has had a diplomatic presence in China for almost 40 years. Our Embassy in Beijing was established in 1973 and our Consulates-General in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong in 1984, 1992 and 1986 respectively.
The Prime Minister said broadening Australia's diplomatic presence in China was a priority for the Government as the Asian Century unfolded. The new mission is a down-payment on the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.
Today's announcement comes after careful Government consideration of an expanded diplomatic presence in Western China, led by the former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.
The new Consulate-General will increase our diplomatic footprint and will help build on our ever-growing relationship with China.
The creation of the new post will also help identify and build on these opportunities for Australian businesses.
Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr said the Consulate-General in Chengdu will provide a direct link to a diverse province which is home to over 80 million people.
Chengdu is a major gateway to the vibrant inland regions, which account for a growing share of China's trade, foreign investment and economic growth.
Cities like Chengdu will be central to the innovative, high-skill, high-tech, higher-income growth which will drive the next stage of China's remarkable economic transformation.
Minister for Trade and Competitiveness Craig Emerson, who last year visited Chengdu while leading a 100-strong business delegation through China's inland growth centres, said the move would help strengthen and expand trade partnerships.
China is already Australia's largest two-way trade partner, with total trade valued at over $113 billion in 2010-11.
Many Australian companies, including Bluescope Steel, Rheem, ANZ and Cochlear, are already active in western China.
Dr Emerson said a dedicated Consulate-General in this rapidly growing region would help develop demand for the sophisticated goods and services which Australia was well placed to provide.
Funding for the new Consulate-General will be provided for in the forthcoming budget. The Consulate-General will be operational as soon as possible following completion of formal establishment processes with China.
Swinburne University helps australian innovators in solar world first - 2012-02-21
In a boon for the local solar industry, a team of researchers from Swinburne University of Technology and Suntech Power Holdings have developed the world's most efficient broadband nanoplasmonic solar cells.
In a paper published in Nano Letters, the researchers describe how they have manufactured thin film solar cells with an absolute efficiency of 8.1 per cent.
The research was conducted under the auspices of the Victoria-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility (VSASF) at Swinburne, a $12 million program jointly funded by the Victorian Government, Swinburne and Suntech. The group is working to dramatically increase the efficiency of thin film solar technology.
According to Swinburne Professor Min Gu, Director of the VSASF, thin film cells have attracted enormous research interest as a cheap alternative to bulk crystalline silicon cells. However, the significantly reduced thickness of their silicon layer makes it more difficult for them to absorb sunlight.
"Light trapping technology is of paramount importance to increase the performance of thin film solar cells and make them competitive with silicon cells," Professor Gu said. "One of the main potential applications of the technology will be to cover conventional glass, enabling buildings and skyscrapers to be powered entirely by sunlight."
The VSASF group has been improving thin film cell efficiency by embedding gold and silver nanoparticles into the cells. This increases the wavelength range of the absorbed light, improving the conversion of photons into electrons.
In their most efficient cells yet, the researchers went one step further, using what are known as nucleated or ‘bumpy' nanoparticles.
Senior Research Fellow at Swinburne Dr Baohua Jia said: "The broadband plasmonic effect is an exciting discovery of the team. It is truly a collaborative outcome between Swinburne and Suntech over the last 12 months."
Dr Jia believes that this new technology will have an important impact on the solar industry. "What we have found is that nanoparticles that have an uneven surface scatter light even further into a broadband wavelength range. This leads to greater absorption, and therefore improves the cell's overall efficiency.
Professor Gu applauded the quick timeframe in which the research group has been able to achieve 8.1 per cent total efficiency, however he believes there is still considerable scope to improve the cells and transform the way the world sources energy.
"We are on a rapid upwards trajectory with our research and development. With our current rate of progress we expect to achieve 10 per cent efficiency by mid 2012," he said. "We are well on track to reach the VSASF's target to develop solar cells that are twice as efficient and run at half the cost of those currently available."
Professor Gu said that another advantage of the group's approach is that nanoparticle integration is inexpensive and easy to upscale and therefore can easily be transferred to the production line.
"We have been using Suntech solar cells from the outset, so it should be very straightforward to integrate the technology into mass manufacturing. We expect these cells to be commercially available by 2017."
Suntech CEO Dr Zhengrong Shi said: "Our team has achieved an impressive milestone with the world record for the most efficient broadband nanoplasmonic thin-film cell. This is an important step in demonstrating the potential of nanotechnology in leading the next generation of solar cells."
The Nano Letters paper was authored by Dr Xi Chen, Dr Baohua Jia, Dr Jhantu Saha, Mr Boyuan Cai, Dr Nicholas Stokes, and Professor Min Gu from Swinburne and Dr Qi Qiao, Dr Yongqian Wang and Dr Zhengrong Shi from Suntech.
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Former Peking University President revisits Griffith University - 2011-05-12
Distinguished scholar and former President of Peking University Professor Xu Zhihong recently revisited the Peking University - Griffith University Research and Learning Centre at Griffith University’s Nathan campus, five years after its official opening in 2006.
“It is marvelous to welcome Professor Xu back to Queensland and to the Nathan campus and to reflect on the vast contributions he has made, not only to building excellent relations with our university, but between the two nations as significant partners in education and research development,” said Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice Chancellor and President, Griffith University.
“The Peking University - Griffith University Research and Learning Centre has been particularly successful for the development of a range of collaborative activities in many fields of education priority, and complements Griffith’s strengths and leadership in the Asia Pacific region,” said Professor O’Connor.
The Centre was the foundation for the recent Memorandum of Understanding involving the Griffith Asia Institute (GAI), Peking University and the Queensland State Government to establish a future orientated partnership between Australia and China titled Australia China Futures Dialogues.
The Dialogues incorporate three yearly events: an Annual Leader’s Lecture, Second Track Dialogue and an Emerging Leaders Dialogue and brings together leaders and emerging leaders to discuss issues of importance to the Asia Pacific region.
“Looking back over Professor Xu’s career there is no doubt he is an exceptional leader, said Professor O’Connor.
Professor Xu was awarded the “First Prize of the Natural Science of Chinese Academy of Sciences Award” in 1990 and the “Third Prize of National Natural Science Award” in the following year. Most recently Professor Xu was elected President of International Association for Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology and is now Chairman of the Chinese National Committee of Man and of Biosphere, UNESCO and Chairman of the Chinese Society of Plant Biology.
“The current initiatives we share with this prestigious institution would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of Professor Xu; in the establishment of our partnership and for its prospective mutual value”, said Professor O’Connor.