On May 15th, John Carroll, Director of Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Australia (BDI), and the delegation of Monash University, Austrilia (Monash) visited WMU. Jin Shengwei, vice president of WMU, and heads of Graduate School, Technology Department, International Affairs Office, School of Basic Medical Sciences, School of Laboratory Medicine and Life science, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering, the 1st Affiliated Hospital and the 2nd Affiliated Hospital attended the meeting.
Jing Shengwei first extended a warm welcome to John Carroll and other members from Monash for their visit. He said WMU had always attached great importance to the partnership with Monash University. In the past three years, despite the impact of the epidemic, the two universities have overcome numerous difficulties to actively promote the development of the WMU-BDI Alliance in Clinical and Experimental Biomedical (Joint Alliance), completed multiple tasks such as infrastructure and facility construction and personnel recruitment for the Joint Alliance. It is hoped that the two universities can further exchanges and research collaboration, carry out joint education programs for undergraduate, Master and doctoral students, and build a model of international cooperation together in scientific research between China and Australia.
John Carroll expressed his great pleasure to have face-to-face communication with colleagues of WMU and congratulated on its academic and research achievements in recent years. He pointed out that the two universities have a solid foundation for cooperation. With rich clinical resources of WMU as well as leading basic scientific research personnel of Monash, the two universities could further deepen the scientific research cooperation in the fields of cancer and tumors, infection, reproduction, cardiovascular disease. etc., therefore promoting the development of related disciplines.
Subsequently, the two universities discussed research collaboration, joint graduate education programs, and reached a preliminary consensus. After the meeting, John Carroll and the delegation visited the University Research Building, the First Affiliated Hospital, the Second Affiliated Hospital and the Eye Hospital.
Monash University, founded in 1958, is the largest research university in Australia. It is ranked 44th in the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. WMU and Monash started collaboration in 2016; in 2018, the two universities established the WMU-BDI Alliance in Clinical and Experimental Biomedical.
Text translated by Zhang Kaiyue and reviewed by Chen Huan.