On Wednesday, 27 May, Flinders University signed a Heads of Agreement with the Qingdao Municipal Government to develop the Flinders CSIRO Qingdao Institute (FCQI), which will be hosted by the Qingdao Hi-Tech Zone Authority.
The FCQI will bring together researchers from the University’s Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development (headed by Prof. Wei Zhang), and CSIRO’s Oceans & Atmosphere National Research Flagship (headed by Prof. Ken Lee). The agreement was signed by the Pro Vice Chancellor (International) Prof. Nancy Cromar, and witnessed by Prof. Michael Kidd and Prof. Wei Zhang.
The proposed FCQI would act as a platform to facilitate and service the partnership and collaboration in the field of marine biotechnology to engage Chinese businesses, markets, investors, governments, and research partners to develop a new “Blue Economy” partnership for Australia and China.
It is proposed the FCQI would also be a platform for industry, investors and government in Australia and China for the development and commercialisation of innovative technologies and products for the marine biotechnology industry, engaging companies in Qingdao and South Australia to take advantage of Australia marine bio-resources and Chinese markets to grow new business and jobs in both Qingdao and South Australia.