Monash goes to China
After the partnership with Sichuan University faded in 2008, Monash continued to search for opportunities for growth in China. After many months of negotiations, in 2012 there was finally a development: Monash was the first Australian university to be approved to operate a university in China. The venture would be a partnership with Southeast University and located in Suzhou, near Shanghai. Rather than open a full university campus, a joint graduate school was decided upon.
The partnership with Southeast University also involves a Joint Research Institute, which specialises in research and development work. The Institute has 6 key focuses: bio- and nano-technology; bioinformatics; energy; modeling and simulation; advanced manufacturing; and water-sensitive cities.
Vice-Chancellor Ed Byrne emphasised the importance of the partnership in Monash’s vision as a global university. With China’s fast-growing economy and “impressive record of innovation… the partnership allows us to prepare students to be international citizens”.