Engaging China in climate science

We have been actively exploring strategies to enhance our linkages with appropriate universities in China, particularly with respect to graduate student recruitment.  Earlier this year we were successful in gaining funding from UNSW contestable funds to use our winter school, hosted by UNSW and the CCRC, as a vehicle to enhance our research profile of climate sciences in China, and as a destination for Chinese research postgraduate students.

We approached four Chinese Universities (Tsinghua University, Peking University, Nanjing University, Ocean University of China), targeted for their strengths and ranking in disciplines imperative to the climate sciences, and the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, to nominate their best students to attend our winter school. This resulted in fourteen students flying down to attend the winter school. Thirteen of the students were PhD candidates; one was a final year undergraduate. 

Our Chinese student visitors take a fun photo after the welcome event held at the University of New South Wales.

 

The students participated in our winter school, engaged with local students and postdocs, experienced academic life at UNSW and were exposed to the opportunities we offer in the CoE. The week was capped off with an afternoon tea kindly organised by Laurie Pearcey and Christopher McKenna of the UNSW International Office and attended by Dr He Fuxiang, Science & Technology Counsellor from the Chinese Consulate-General, Professor Andy Pitman, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, and Professor Matthew England, Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.

Our visiting Chinese students were fantastic. They were actively engaged during the lectures and lab sessions throughout the winter school and had a wonderful time meeting our local students and postdocs and exploring Sydney.

It is hoped that the relationships developed through this project will go beyond those who attend the ARCCSS winter school and will act as a catalyst to an on-going relationship with climate researchers at these preeminent Chinese research institutions.

Melissa Hart
Graduate Director
ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science

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