Monash University and China’s Southeast University open Joint Graduate School
The Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon. Mr Andrew Robb and Victorian Premier, the Hon. Dr Denis Napthine, joined Monash University President Professor Ed Byrne and Professor Yi Hong from China’s Southeast University for the ceremony.
Monash is the first Australian university to be granted a licence to operate in China and the first foreign university granted a licence for the establishment of a graduate school in China.
The Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou) was established in 2012 and the first students will graduate early next year with master’s degrees from both parent institutions.
The school has already enrolled almost 200 students and will progressively build to a capacity of approximately 1,400 students. It is accepting applications for master’s courses in Information Technology Systems, Industrial Design, Transportation Systems, Applied Linguistics, and International Business in 2014.
The 60,000-square-metre building that houses the school has cutting-edge facilities to support education and future research activities in a range of disciplines from economics to engineering.
The school will be complemented by the establishment of a Joint Research Institute to conduct multidisciplinary research projects in areas of strategic importance to industry in Australia and China, including nanotechnology, bioinformatics, water, energy and light metals.
Both universities have world-recognized strengths in engineering, health and science.
Monash University is Australia’s largest university and is ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world. As well as the school in Suzhou, Monash University has six local campuses throughout the state of Victoria, two international campuses—Malaysia and South Africa—and international centres in Italy and India.
A unique alliance with the University of Warwick (UK) sits alongside an array of international collaborations with leading universities and corporations around the world, expanding the university’s global network.