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Campus News : July 2010
16 Campus News July 2010 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au Campus News is produced by the Media Unit. Editorial Nick Hartgerink Bernie Goldie Kate Mcllwain Layout Artist Paul Martens Photographers Sean Maguire Mark Newsham Telephone +61 2 4221 5942 Facsimile +61 2 4221 3128 Email email@example.com Web media.uow.edu.au Address University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia CRICOS Provider No: 001202E ISSN 0312-2018 Atop-level Chinese delegation visited the University of Wollongong and the Innovation Campus in June to explore opportunities for two-way investment/collaboration and partnership opportunities. The visit by the 62-strong delegation was organised by the Investment Promotion Agency in the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (CIPA). The delegation, led by CIPA Deputy Director General Ms Zhang Yingxin, was interested in UOW's Research and Development strengths and cooperative partnerships. UOW has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with China as a student destination and in academic exchange, R&D and cooperative partnership arrangements. Chinese delegation explores collaboration In his welcome address to the delegation the Vice-Principal (Administration) Chris Grange highlighted how Chinese students featured as the largest group of overseas students at the University and how UOW is involved in important research with China across a range of areas. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Judy Raper was also on hand to welcome the delegation at a lunch held at the UniCentre. Other UOW representatives included Transnational Education and Alliances Director Dr Bill Damachis, Corporate Relations Director Craig Peden and Corporate Relations Manager Emily Zeng. The delegation visited the Innovation Campus where they met academic researchers and various industry representatives from the region. The visiting delegates received a presentation from Professor Raper and key academic researchers Professor Shixue Dou (Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials) and Professor Gordon The NSW Cabinet held a regional meeting at the University of Wollongong's Council Room on 21 June -- the second time the University has hosted this type of community cabinet meeting. In the evening, ministers hosted a public forum in the McKinnon Building. Premier Kristina Keneally used her visit to the region as an opportunity to travel on the successful Gong Shuttle along with Transport Minister John Robertson and Member for Wollongong Noreen Hay. Local MPs David Campbell and Lylea McMahon also joined the Premier at a press conference. Ms Keneally said the NSW Government-funded shuttle -- which is used daily by about 1500 people travelling to and from the University -- had recently reached the three million-passenger mark. The shuttle now has 155 services running every UOW hosts community Cabinet meeting weekday and 61 services at the weekend after an extra 33 services were added in March. Ms Keneally also announced new train timetables which will improve services for students travelling to the University. Later community members attended a "Meet the Ministers" public forum, where they had the opportunity to discuss issues with Ministers on a one-to-one basis. Ms Keneally said this community cabinet meeting had been scheduled in Wollongong due to the strong representation from the local MPs. "I'd like to thank the University of Wollongong for hosting us," she said at a press conference. "We've been here before and of course it's always a delight to come back." She said the community cabinet meeting was a good opportunity for the Illawarra MPs to formally talk to the whole cabinet. "The Illawarra MPs take nothing for granted -- they are out there every day working for their community," she said. "I'm here today to talk about what the Illawarra wants and needs and to talk about delivering for public transport users." KM Wallace (ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science). Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention Director Professor Andrew Goldsmith also met the visitors. BG A group photo of the visiting CIPA delegates from China. Delegation leader Ms Zhang Yingxin is pictured in the front row centre (with grey jacket) with senior UOW representatives. NSW Premier Kristina Keneally (right), Transport Minister John Robertson and Member for Wollongong Noreen Hay used the popular Gong Shuttle to arrive at the NSW Cabinet meeting at UOW in June.