First graduates in China
27 June 2014
The graduation ceremonies, which took place at the Joint Graduate School building in Suzhou near Shanghai on 27 June, marked the first cohort of students to have completed the two-year double masters program in IT.
Masters degrees were conferred by both parent institutions on the 25 students who undertook Masters in Computer Technology (SEU) and Information Technology Systems (Monash).
The Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou) was established in 2012. The School has already enrolled more than 200 students and will progressively build to a capacity of around 1400.
Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne AC and Southeast University President and Deputy Chancellor Professor Yi Hong attended the two graduation ceremonies.
They were joined by the Monash Academic Vice-President Professor Tam Sridhar, and Pro Vice-Chancellor and President (Monash-Southeast University Research Institute Suzhou) Professor Aibing Yu, along with Vice-Presidents Professor Pu Yeupu and Professor Shen Jiong from Southeast University.
The 60,000-square-metre building that houses the School has cutting-edge facilities to support education and future research activities. A number of Masters courses are now running at the new campus, and it’s anticipated that a broad range of Masters and PhD programs in disciplines from economics to engineering will be offered as the partnership between the two universities evolves and strengthens.
The School is complemented by a Joint Research Institute established to conduct multi-disciplinary research projects. The emphasis will be on areas of strategic importance to industry in Australia and China, including nanotechnology, bioinformatics, water, energy and light metals, that reflect the two universities’ world-recognised strengths in engineering, health and science.