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NSFC President meets with UQ Guests


Prof. Yang Wei, NSFC President met with a delegation led by Dr. Peter Høj, President of the University of Queensland on March 21st, 2013.

Prof. Yang extended his welcome to the delegation and briefed on NSFC’s latest progress, including a review of the NSFC funded cooperative projects between Australia and China based scientists. He pointed out that, as two big countries located in the northern and southern hemispheres and having a lot in common, China and Australia enjoy a time-honored history of scientific and technological cooperation, and both countries have a very sound basis for bilateral cooperation. Prof. Yang also mentioned that last year a delegation led by Prof. Shen Yan, Vice President of NSFC paid a visit to the University of Queensland, and was impressed by the university’s research standards and international cooperation activities.

Dr. Peter Høj expressed his thanks to President Yang for arranging the meeting, and introduced the latest developments of the scientific research and international cooperation in the University of Queensland, highlighting collaborative projects carried out by relevant departments with partners in China. Dr. Høj said that, as one of Australia's most prestigious universities, the University of Queensland is among the best in respect of scientific research and research funding, and takes a particular lead in commercialization and internationalization. He noted that around 45% of the international students in the University of Queensland come from China, with half of them being undergraduate students and the other half graduate students. He said that the university attaches great importance to cooperation with China.

Prof. Yang also briefed on the applications received by NSFC in 2013, and pointed out that this year NSFC received a declined number of applications compared with last year, and more high quality applications are expected. He stressed that NSFC will spare no effort to support Chinese scientists to carry out international cooperation in the field of basic research and work together with foreign partners to address global issues in energy, environment, food safety, etc.

Both sides agreed to make joint efforts to strengthen cooperation and exchanges among young scientists from both countries. Finally, Dr. Høj extended a warm invitation for President Yang to visit the University of Queensland in the near future.

Participants in the meeting also include Prof. Shen Yan, NSFC Vice President, Prof. Du Shengming, Executive Deputy Director General, NSFC Department of Life Sciences, Prof. Che Chengwei, Deputy Director General, NSFC Department of Engineering and Materials Sciences, and Prof. Zou Liyao, Deputy Director General, NSFC Bureau of International Cooperation.

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