Zhejiang University: ZJU and USyd sign MoU to launch a joint jab on sustainable environment

On November 4, Zhejiang University and the University of Sydney signed a Memorandum of Understanding online to establish a joint lab on sustainable environment.

Prof. CHEN Baoliang, dean of ZJU’s College of Environmental and Resource Sciences and executive dean of ZJU’s Academy of Ecological Civilization, and Prof. Willy Zwaenepoel, dean of USyd’s Faculty of Engineering, represented each party to sign the agreement. The signing ceremony was also joined by Prof. Katherine Belov, USyd’s pro-vice-chancellor, Prof. LI Min, director of ZJU’s Office of Global Engagement, and other representatives from each party.

Both universities have enjoyed a long-standing partnership with a joint seed funding set up in 2018 to promote collaborative research. The launch of the joint lab will offer more opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborations and find solutions for common challenges to sustainable development, including environmental pollution remediation, ecosystem restoration, renewable and clean energy, big data science, etc.

“The signing of the MoU marks a firm step forward in our relationship, affirming our shared commitment to sustainable development,” said Prof. Li. Earlier this year, Zhejiang University launched its sustainability action plan——A Global ZJU for Social Good (Z4G).

Commending substantial cooperation achieved over the past years, Prof. Belov expressed the hope for enhanced partnership to address major global problems and achieve the UN 2030 Agenda.

“The joint lab aims to promote joint research, co-supervision of PhD students and postdoctoral research fellows, and joint education programs in the domain of environmental sustainability,” Prof. Chen stressed.

Source: College of Environmental and Resource Sciences, Zhejiang University

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