Murdoch strengthens its research partnerships with China

July 7, 2015

MOU with CAAS Joint Centre for the Prevention and Management of Exotic Invasive Species small squareA recent trip to Beijing, Qingdao and Hangzhou in China by a Murdoch University delegation has led to the signing of three new memorandums of understandings (MOUs) which will strengthen research partnerships between Murdoch and the Chinese institutions.

Murdoch Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Development), Professor David Morrison, said the four-day trip to China was busy but very successful.

“There were three main highlights of the trip, those being our partnership agreements with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine and Zhejiang University,” Professor Morrison said.

The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) is a national, integrative agricultural scientific research organisation with responsibility for carrying out both basic and applied research, as well as research into new technologies impacting agriculture. CAAS is dedicated to overcoming a broad range of challenges impacting agricultural development and support of the local rural economy.

CAAS and Murdoch have agreed to establish a joint Centre for the Management and Eradication of Exotic Invasive Species.

“This Centre will help safeguard trade and the sustainability of Australia’s agriculture, horticulture and forestry enterprises,” said Professor Morrison.

“Laboratories will be established in China and Australia to enable biosecurity risk organisms to be researched.”

This is the second joint centre formed with CAAS. The first one was the Australia-China Centre for Wheat Improvement in 2013.

Murdoch’s MOU with the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine outlines research collaboration in the area of plant and animal biosecurity and quarantine.

“The agreement includes the exchange of research staff, postgraduate students and the establishment of a joint laboratory in 2015 or 2016,” Professor Morrison said.

CAIQ conducts research on the applied science of inspection and quarantine, provides technical support to policy-making related to inspection and quarantine for China’s central government, and provides technical assistance to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China.

CAIQ’s research and technical strengths include food safety, animal and plant inspection and quarantine, food nutrition, molecular biology and health quarantine.

Murdoch’s MOU with Zhejiang University will bring opportunities in the area of agriculture, animal, marine and social sciences.

“Zhejiang is one of the top three research universities in China and has both national and international impact,” Professor Morrison said.

“To be able to collaborate with a highly ranked university like Zhejiang, it shows that Murdoch has established a good reputation in China.”

Zhejiang University focuses on assiduous study and research, science and technological innovation and has over 46,000 students. Zhejiang province is a sister province with Western Australia.

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