On the afternoon of September 22, 2015, a three-member delegation led by Prof. Ian O’Connor, Vice Chancellor & President of Griffith University, Australia, visited Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU). Members of the delegation also included Prof. Sarah Todd, Pro Vice Chancellor (International) of Griffith University and Mr. Sherman Xia, Regional Director (Greater China), Griffith University. Prof. Luo Jun, President of Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), met with the guests in Zhongshan Building on South Campus, accompanied by Prof. Wei Minghai, Vice President of SYSU, and Ms. Xu Yao, Deputy Director of Office of International Cooperation & Exchange of SYSU.

Prof. Luo Jun meeting with Prof. Ian O’Connor

Prof. Ian O’Connor, Vice Chancellor & President of Griffith University, Australia meets with Prof. Luo Jun, President of Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China.

Prof. Luo Jun extended a warm welcome to Prof. Ian O’Connor and introduced the latest development of SYSU. He hoped that the two universities would promote and deepen cooperation in research and education on the basis of existing collaborations, and conduct cooperation in marine sciences in the future.

Prof. Ian O’Connor said that he was glad to visit SYSU again. The two universities have maintained good cooperative relations since the 1970s. Griffith University is leading in the research on environmental science and the two universities have conducted cooperation in this field.The two sides also discussed possibilities of university and enterprise cooperation as well as joint doctoral degree programs.

Established in 1971, Griffith University has 5 campuses. Sun Yat-sen University and Griffith University signed faculty and student exchange agreement as early as the 1980s. Later on, the two universities signed cooperation agreements in civil engineering, public health, etc, and conducted various exchanges and cooperation in education and research. In 2014, SYSU and Griffith University signed a memorandum of understanding and an agreement on faculty and student exchange. In 2015, the student exchange program was officially launched. Moreover, the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at SYSU and School of Natural Sciences at Griffith University signed a MOU on Australia China Center for Environmental Quality and Sustainability in 2014 and an undergraduate student study agreement in 2015.

Originally published as A delegation led by President of Griffith University visited SYSU