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A cloud-based ‘virtual’ campus will be the focus of a new agreement signed by two of Australia and China’s leading universities today. 

The ‘C-Campus’ agreement between the University of Melbourne and Tsinghua University will deliver joint classes and ‘e-subjects’ for students at both institutions, starting with advanced courses on separation science and technology in chemical engineering. 

It will also function as a platform for research collaboration across disciplines including chemical engineering and medicine, with more disciplines being added progressively. 

Both universities have committed to establish seed funds to stimulate further joint research and innovation in online learning.

The agreement expands on a 25-year history of collaboration between the two universities and a 2013 agreement that provides for joint PhD degrees, the first time Tsinghua has partnered with an Australian university on a university-wide PhD agreement.

The University of Melbourne’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said the C-Campus would provide new opportunities for both universities.

“This agreement will act as a platform to support Tsinghua-Melbourne cooperation across research, education and innovation, and support the implementation of new web-based learning tools.”

“We’ve been very pleased with the existing work we have done with Tsinghua University, such as that led by Prof Peter Scales and the Australia-China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management.  This new agreement is an exciting next step.” 

This current agreement comes just months after the launch of the Melbourne Asia Research Network.

It is the second C-Campus established by Tsinghua, following an agreement with Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in 2012. 

“To respond to the strong trend of online education, C-Campus is a new attempt to make use of virtual technologies and share the elite courses between Tsinghua and its prestigious partners in the world. We are pleased to make it happen with Melbourne,” said Professor CHEN Jining, President of Tsinghua University.

The ‘C’ in C-Campus has multiple connotations, from cloud learning to co-operation, cyber innovation to cross discipline. “It is an advanced model for real-time interactive e-teaching, e-learning, e-seminars, and other web-based activities, which will be of great benefit to international cooperation in a more convenient and effective way,” said Professor ZHANG Yi, Vice Provost of Tsinghua.

"Melbourne and Tsinghua have a longstanding strategic relationship which includes research collaborations in multiple disciplines, student exchange programmes and summer schools in Melbourne for outstanding Tsinghua undergraduates,” said Professor Davis.

“This is an outstanding opportunity to further expand our relationship with one of China’s most renowned universities.”


 

墨尔本大学与清华大学共建虚拟校园

今日,澳大利亚和中国的两所世界领先高校,就共建一个基于云计算的虚拟校园项目,签署了合作协议。

墨尔本大学和清华大学的“C-校园”(C-Campus)项目,将为两校的同学开设联合课程及“电子科目”,最先开设的是分离科学和化工技术领域的高级科目。

“C-校园”还将为两校的跨学科合作研究提供平台,如化工和医学。此外的更多学科也将逐步被纳入联合科研范畴。

两所高校都已承诺将建立种子基金,以促进进一步的联合科研与网上教学创新。

C-校园项目的发展得益于两校的长期合作关系。墨尔本大学与清华大学有长达25年的合作历史,还于2013年签署了博士生联合学位项目协议,这是清华大学在校级博士项目上与澳洲高校的首次合作。

墨尔本大学副校长Glyn Davis教授表示,C-校园项目将为两校发展开创新机遇。

“该协议将成为清华大学与墨尔本大学联合研究、教育和创新的平台,也将为实行新的网络教育模式提供支持。”

“我们非常高兴已经与清华大学开展了合作项目,例如由Peter Scales教授领导的项目和中澳流域管理联合研究中心。两校合作将随着新项目再次迈出令人欣喜的一步。”

此次协议的达成,距离之前墨尔本亚洲研究网络的启动,仅有数月。

这是清华大学继2012年与瑞典皇家理工学院合作之后,建立的第二个虚拟校园。

“为了顺应网上教育的强劲趋势,C-校园是一个清华大学与其世界卓越合作伙伴应用虚拟技术、共享精英课程的新尝试。我们很高兴这一尝试能在墨尔本实现。”清华大学校长陈吉宁教授表示。

C-校园中的“C”有多重含义,从云学习到合作,从计算机革新到跨学科。“这是一个实时互动的高级模式,涵盖网上授课、网上学习、网上研讨会和其他基于网络的活动,这对于实现更加方便、有效的国际合作大有裨益。”清华大学副教务长张毅教授说。

“墨尔本大学和清华大学有着长期的战略关系,包括多学科的研究合作、交流生项目及清华大学优秀本科生的墨尔本夏令营,”Davis教授介绍。

“清华大学是中国最著名的大学之一,这次合作对于进一步深化两校之间的关系,是一次宝贵的机会。”