Melbourne and Tsinghua create new virtual campus

Prof Glyn Davis and Prof Chen Jining at the signing ceremony

President Chen Jining (Tsinghua) and Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis (Melbourne) at the signing ceremony of the C-Campus Agreement.

The University of Melbourne and its longstanding partner Tsinghua University today signed a ‘C-Campus’ agreement which will offer jointly delivered subjects and ‘e-subjects’ initially in Chemical Engineering to students at both institutions. A commitment to providing seed funding will help support further research and innovation in online learning.

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Melbourne-Peking mental health centre launched

Statue of The Thinker by RodinTen years of collaborative research has resulted in the launch of The University of Melbourne-Peking University Centre for Psychiatric Research and Training in Beijing. This new centre brings together experts from both institutions to study all aspects of mental health and will provide co-supervision of PhD students and post-doctoral exchanges.

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Professor Susan Elliott appointed as Vice President of APAIE

University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Susan Elliott has been named as the Vice President of the Asia-Pacific Association of International Education (APAIE).

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The Universities of Manchester and Melbourne Mobility Fund

The University of Melbourne is pleased to announce that the Vice-Chancellor of Manchester University, Dame Nancy Rothwell, has accepted its invitation to deliver the 2014 Menzies Oration.

In light of this announcement, and to strengthen collaboration between the two universities, the Melbourne and Manchester Vice-Chancellors have together agreed to establish and fund a mobility program covering both academic and professional staff.

Up to ten grants in 2014 will be available to support University of Melbourne staff to undertake short-term visits to Manchester to develop and strengthen ties in teaching and learning and research, and to develop closer professional staff ties. Corresponding visits to the University of Melbourne will be undertaken by University of Manchester staff, funded through the corresponding University of Manchester fund.

The Selection Panel will be chaired by the PVC (International) with Melbourne Research Office participation.

For more information, see Melbourne Research and Grants Bulletin:

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2014.

Further information is available from the International Relations Office: please contact Dr Carolyn O’Brien at

2014 Doctoral Students Conference at the University of Indonesia

The 13th APRU Doctoral Students Conference will be hosted by the University of Indonesia (UI) from 18 to 24 August, 2014. With the theme “Understanding the Pacific Rim: Dynamics, Challenges and Opportunities”, proceedings of the conference will feature paper presentations, keynote address, dialogue sessions and lectures on regional dynamics and integration.

All  students enrolled in a PhD program of an APRU member university are eligible to participate.  For more information, see:

APRU Undergraduate Summer Program

The 7th APRU Undergraduate Summer Program will be hosted by Nanjing University July 6-13, 2014. The Program is designed for outstanding APRU students from multidisciplinary fields around the theme of ‘Developing Asia-Pacific Global Leaders: China’s Perspectives’. The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Engagement provides funding to support two University of Melbourne students to attend.

APRU welcomes new members

APRU welcomes new members: University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of New South Wales (Australia), and Yonsei University (Korea), bringing the total number of member universities to 45.

Bridging the Gender Gap in Higher Education

APRU has released an updated Gender Gap Report which covers the gender profiles and related policies of member universities. Further details are available on the APWiL program website:

UK Minister David Willetts discusses ‘The Critical List’ at the University of Melbourne

UK Minister explains vital research streams governments need to invest in now

The UK Minister of State for Science and Universities Rt Hon David Willetts will present his vision of “The Critical List” – The vital research streams governments need to invest in now with the Chief Scientist of Australia, Professor Ian Chubb and Professor Margaret Sheil, Provost at the University of Melbourne. The Director of RiAus, Dr Paul Willis, will facilitate what promises to be a lively discussion on research priorities and the role of government in the research agenda in the UK and Australia.

This will be a free public event, however, bookings are essential. More information on registration can be found here.

Dr Gabriele Suder has commenced her position as Director, International Relations

The University is pleased to announce that Dr Gabriele Suder has commenced her position as Director, International Relations on February 3, 2014.

Dr Suder was previously a Professor and Academic Director of SKEMA US, responsible for the US branch of the SKEMA Business School, a French institution formed by the merger of CERAM Business School and Groupe ESC Lille. She was also involved in the start-up of SKEMA’s multi-campus project and implementation. She also served as Jean Monnet Chair and as expert at UNCTAD, JETRO and the EU (Education & Lifelong Learning).

In this and previous roles, she has been deeply involved in the initiation and development of international academic relations and partnership negotiations with universities, NGOs and corporations. As an international business academic, she has collaborated with colleagues at Melbourne and other Go8 universities.

A German national, with degrees from the UK, resident in France, having worked in the US, she has qualifications in Japanese and Chinese, and in governmental relations, management and international business.

You can contact Gabriele by email on  gabriele.suder at or by phone on +61 3 8344 0858.