forges “smart” partnership with HFUT
University and the Hefei University of Technology (HFUT) have
joined together to explore ways to create a viable, 21st Century
The two universities held a forum in Geelong in November aimed
at confronting challenges to the automotive components industry.
"The Chinese market is set to play a huge role in those
solutions,” said Deakin University’s Associate
Professor Lingxue Kong.
"Both universities work at the cutting edge in automotive
industry research and innovation, Deakin recently winning
the Ford Global Challenge to design a Model T for the 21st
HFUT’s Vice-President, Professor Han Zhao said he was
looking forward to working with Deakin’s researchers.
“Deakin University has become a first-class university
in Australia, even in the world, and you have a lot you can
teach us,” he said.
As well as leading researchers from Deakin and Hefei, the
forum was attended by automotive and manufacturing industry
participants and members of parliament.
Victorian MP John Eren, congratulated Deakin University on
forging links with Chinese industry.
"This is great for us. China are a major player into
the future in regard to world manufacturing,'' he said. “It
is a smart partnership.
"Certainly Japan's biggest trading partner is now China.
This is about us fitting into the high technology end of the
automotive industry. This is what we need to do if we are
to look at the potential to export.''
Hefei University of Technology is situated in Hefei, the capital
of Anhui Province, which is an important base for science
and education in China.
The university was established 63 years ago and has an enviable
record for producing sought after graduates in engineering.
About a quarter of middle level technical and management leaders
in the Chinese motor industry studied at Hefei University
For more information on HFUT: http://www.hfut.edu.cn/en/