China delegation impressed by Flinders tour

Flinders University welcomed a recent visit by Madam HE Lanjing, Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China, and her colleagues from the Chinese Consulate General in Adelaide.

Flinders University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Stirling,  and Mr Sebastian Raneskold, Vice President and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), held a productive meeting with Madam HE, Mr HE Jiangchuan, Deputy Consul-General, Ms DING Li, Consul for Education, and Mr YUAN Zhigang, Consul for Technology.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling with Madame HE Lanjing, Consul-General of China.

Professor Stirling briefed Madam HE on Flinders’ latest achievements in education and research, and outlined the university’s strategic plan for coming years, including the establishment of a new city campus at Festival Plaza.

Madam HE was pleased to learn about Flinders’ long history of productive collaboration with Chinese universities, as well as the strong support Flinders University provides to all its international students, including Chinese students.

After the meeting, the delegation was escorted around the University by Bill Damachis and Allisa Zhao, introducing them to research projects, teaching staff and facilities. This included a visit to the newly-opened Flinders Academy, and the award-winning new Biodiversity building, to be briefed on cutting-edge research projects. They also went to the Tonsley technology district, including the University-led Australian Centre for Innovative Manufacturing, where Brett Wagner and Thomas Vincent provided a guided tour.

The delegation was introduced to Professor Jian Qin’s aquaculture team, Associate Professor Huade Guan’s water resource and environmental team, Professor Youhong Tang’s Advanced Materials Lab, and Professor Lily Xiao’s dementia care team, which all featured Chinese research students who are funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council.

The Chinese Students’ Association also organised for student representatives to meet with the delegation, and they shared their stories of studying at Flinders University and living in Adelaide.

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