Joint Research Centers

 

Sino-Austrian Diagnosis, Treatment and Research Center of Cardiovascular Diseases

Location: Nanjing First Hospital, the Third Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing

Opening: June 2010

 

After intensive exchange activities between the Chinese and Austrian medical experts of cardiology, in order to strengthen the cooperation in the field of the cardiovascular diseases, the experts agreed to cooperate in running a Sino-Austrian Diagnosis, Treatment and Research Center of Cardiovascular Diseases. The Sino-Austrian Diagnosis, Treatment and Research Center of Cardiovascular Diseases was established in June 2010 at the location of the Nanjing First Hospital, in Najing.

 

The preceding Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Mallinger, Vice-Rector of the Medical University of Vienna, by Prof. Huaining Pan, President of Nanjing First Hospital, the Third Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University and by Prof. Dr. Brigitte Winklehner, President of Eurasia-Pacific Uninet, Salzburg, Austria in June 2010 in Vienna and in Nanjing. The Austrian side is headed by Prof. Dr. Gerald Maurer, head of the Clinical Division of Cardiology at the Vienna General Hospital, whereas the Chinese side is headed Prof. Dr. Chen Shao-liang, head of the Department of Cardiology at the Nanjing First Hospital.

 

The overall goals of the centre are the organisation of international academic conferences and training courses for the diagnosis, treatment and research of cardiovascular diseases, as well as the promotion of further cooperation and exchanges in scientific research, clinical medical technology, and technology investment. Furthermore, the exchange of members of their academic staff and graduate student researchers for a period from several days to several months will be promoted as well.

 

China-Austria Center for Research and Innovation in Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Material Flow

Location: Beijing Jiaotong University

Opening: September 2009

 

On September 25th, 2009, the agreement between Eurasia-Pacific Uninet and the  Beijing Jiaotong University for the start of the "Joint Research and Innovation Center in Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Material Flow" was signed under the auspices and attendance of the Federal Minister of Science and Research Dr. Johannes Hahn.

 

The Center aims at integrating all research aspects in the area leading to innovation in this economically most eminent area. In the starting phase, the Vienna University of Technology, the University of Vienna, the University of Linz, and the Vienna University of Economics and Business will form the nucleus of the participating partners from the Austrian side.

 

As the first concrete output of the cooperation,  the Chinese-Austrian Workshop on "Logistics Information Management: Semantic Web Services and Logistics Network" will be held at Beijing Jiaotong University in November 2010 to discuss in-depth current research results of the participating partners of the Center. Special emphasis will be laid on the research areas pursued by Beijing Jiaotong University and the Austrian partner institutions (e.g. University of Vienna: Optimization of railway logistics using innovative grid technologies, Vienna University of Technology: e-commerce solutions for dispatching problems, Vienna University of Economics and Business: Aspects of sustainability)

 

Furthermore the center is also engaged in close cooperation with the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 8.9 "Enterprise Information Systems".

 

One main aim of the Center is intensive cooperation within the framework of joint projects in the area of Business Informatics with a special focus on Business Process Engineering, Logistics and Information Flow. 

 

Austria-China Research Center on Tunnel and Underground Engineering

Location: Tongji University, Shanghai

Opening: October, 2007

 

Austria’s expertise in tunnelling is known worldwide and thus TU Graz was the driving force behind holding the first workshop on tunnelling, organised at Tongji University in 2003.

As a follow-up the "International Expert Symposium on Undersea Tunnel Construction" was held at Tongji University in 2005 in cooperation with industrial partners from Shanghai and Xiamen.

In 2007, the "International Symposium on Challenging Tunnel Construction" took place in Vienna. On the initiative of the Tongji University, which continually works on feasibility studies for tunnel projects for the Chinese government, the Austria-China Research Center on Tunnel and Underground Engineering was established in October 2007.

 

In 2008, the third international Symposium "Towards a Safe and Saving Underground Space" was organised at the new research centre. On that occasion, the possibilities of joint research activities were discussed and since that time, work has started on a number of projects which will also be submitted to the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology for further funding. These research projects are supported by the Austrian government by means of Ph.D. and Post-Doc scholarships.

 

Thanks to EPU scholarships, the collaboration between Tongji University and Vienna University of Technology has been strengthened and highly successful research visits have led towards a "Double Ph.D. Degree Programme" for EPU students. Ph.D. students who have studied for at least two semesters within their doctoral studies in Austria and fulfil all criteria of the curricula of both Universities are awarded a Ph.D. degree from both, Tongji University and Vienna University of Technology. The official contract was signed by representatives of both universities in September 2009.

 

Sino-Austrian Collaborating Center for Chinese Medical Sciences

Location: China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing

Opening: September, 2007

 

In June 2005, Eurasia-Pacific Uninet and China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences signed the first Memorandum of Agreement with respect to a close cooperation in the field of (TCM) considering all respective relevant Austrian partner institutions of Eurasia-Pacific Uninet. A first Sino-Austrian workshop on "Quality Standards in Traditional Chinese Medicine" was organized in Salzburg in 2005.

 

Austrian scientists dealing with TCM research established an Austria-wide platform in 2006, the so-called TCM Research Cluster Austria, within the Herbal Medicinal Products Platform Austria (HMPPA).

 

In 2006, EPU organized 'Medical Experts Meetings' in Beijing and Shanghai, as well as a conference on "Traditional Chinese Medicine – A Successful Concept for East and West" in Vienna. Based on mutual interest, the Sino-Austrian Collaborating Center for Chinese Medical Sciences was inaugurated at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in September 2007. With experts in Chinese herbal medicine research and acupuncture research, and supported by the Future Fonds Styria, Karl-Franzens-University Graz and Medical University Graz founded the TCM Research Center Graz in 2007.

 

After organising a further negotiation workshop in China, a joint research project entitled "TCM and Age-related Diseases", consisting of eight subprojects, was defined and laid down by the partners in mutual agreement. The projects are currently funded for three years by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF) together with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health (BMG), as well as by the Chinese side. They are going to be conducted from 2008 to 2011. A first evaluation meeting was organised in spring 2009 with representatives from BMWF and BMG, as well as from the Chinese Ministry of Health and State Administration of TCM.

 

In 2009, an international symposium on "Modernization of TCM - Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Research" was organised by the TCM Research Center Graz in collaboration with Eurasia-Pacific Uninet with scientists from 17 countries participating.

 

In collaboration with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, the State Administration of TCM (SATCM) and the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, the Medical University of Vienna is currently working on the implementation of a post-graduate curriculum on Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Sino-Austrian Research Centre for Environmental Protection

Location: Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Yangling

Opening: May, 2007

 

The importance of partnership and cooperation in the field of “Environmental Protection” and “Renewable Energies” has been highlighted already in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between China and Austria, signed by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel in May 2005.

 

Because the Austrian University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) and the Chinese Northwest University of Agriculture and Forestry Yangling (NWUAF) – both focusing on these topics in particular – have been cooperating successfully for more than 20 years, a specific MoU was signed to establish a “Sino - Austrian Research Centre for Environmental Protection and Renewable Energies”. Together with BOKU and other Austrian universities and research institutions the joint centre was opened at NWUAF Yangling in May 2007.
 
The overall goal of the “Sino - Austrian Research Centre for Environmental Protection and Renewable Energies” is to initiate and promote joint research projects and educational programmes as well as to create public awareness & sensitivity concerning environmental and energy-related issues. Furthermore, the engagement of governmental institutions in discussions on and the design of scientifically founded and environmentally effective demonstration projects can be seen as one of the overall goals of the aforementioned centre.
 
In keeping with the environmental theme of the joint centre, short-term professorships, Ph.D. and Post-Doc scholarships as well as conferences are to be sponsored in order to stimulate the design of joint projects and programmes, which attract national and international financial support and thus become a precondition for a highly efficient management and self-sufficiency of the centre.

 

The "Sino - Austrian Research Centre for Environmental Protection and Renewable Energies" is also intended to serve as a platform to create and intensify sustainable international contacts for Austrian universities involved in environmental research.

 

Activities carried out:

 

Sino-Austrian Biomarker Research Centre

Location: Peking University Health Science Centre, Beijing

Opening: May 2006

 

In 2005, a collaboration agreement in the field of biomarker discovery was concluded between the University of Innsbruck and the Faculty of Medicine at the Peking University, which includes the exchange of scientists and guest professors as well as the scientific cooperation within joint scientific projects and teaching programmes.

 

Different scientific disciplines and technologies have been merged during the last few years in order to get ready for novel approaches in the field of bioscience, which also include new analytical strategies in the biomedical field. Since the opening of the Sino-Austrian Biomarker Centre in 2006, a solid and effective cooperation between the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry and the Beijing University Health Science Centre has been established. The main goal of this collaboration is the introduction and application of novel high-performance bio-analytical techniques in the proteomic and genomic field including enrichment, separation and spectroscopic methods. At the moment, several projects investigating different kinds of cancer are being carried out.

 

Eurasia-Pacific Uninet supports this program not only strategically but also financially in close cooperation with Prof. Ke Yang, Executive Vice-President of Peking University. With the financial support of the Beijing Municipal Education Commission, a new laboratory venue was established and the laboratory equipment was sponsored by the Austrian side. It is the stated goal to bring together young scientists from both countries. The local government in Beijing established a laboratory, and the equipment was sponsored from the Austrian side.

 

Since autumn 2009, an Austrian scientist has been working at the Biomarker Research Centre.

 

Sino-Austrian Center for Media and Marketing

Location: Fudan University, Shanghai

Opening: 2004

 

In 2004, the first agreement on a Sino-Austrian Center for Media and Marketing was signed between Fudan University - School of Journalism, "The International Foundation for Media and Marketing, Vienna" and Eurasia-Pacific Uninet. The focus of the cooperation is on teaching, research, and training activities.

 

In 2006, a joint project was launched by the ‘School of Journalism’ at Fudan University, the ‘Journalism and Communication Studies’ Department at the University of Vienna and the University of Salzburg, as well as the ICT&S (Information and Communication Technologies & Society) Department of the University of Salzburg. This cooperation emphasises the importance of double degree programmes, exchange programmes for Ph.D. students, and joint research projects. The Master Exchange Programme for Austrian and Chinese students was launched in the 2007/2008 academic year. For this exchange programme, students from both countries study one term each at the University of Salzburg and Fudan University in Shanghai. Besides the Master Exchange Programme, which is organized mainly by the University of Salzburg, a double degree programme is under development by the University of Vienna.

 

Specialised training programmes for Chinese media specialists were arranged by Austrian media experts in Austria, Germany and Belgium.

 

Austria-Central Asia Collaborating Centre for GIScience

Location: Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transportation and Architecture

Opening: 2008

 

The Austria-Central Asia Centre for GIScience - ACA*GIScience has been established in 2008 as a joint initiative of the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet with the Kyrgyz State University for Construction, Transportation and Architecture (KSUCTA - www.ksucta.kg) und the University of Salzburg Centre for Geoinformatics (www.uni-salzburg.at/zgis). The focus on Geographic Information Science (GIScience) underpins the establishment of advanced concepts and methodologies for Geoinformatics and Geographic Information Systems in order to support the development of all the knowledge, skills and experience critically important for building sustainable economies and societies across Central Asia.

Several objectives are being pursued in order to develop capacities, foster information exchange and facilitate education with a proactive role in promoting public awareness and operational capabilities in Central Asia, achieving the overall aim of developing ACA*GISc  as a focal point for cooperation between Austrian Universities and multiple partners across Central Asia, and as a centre of competence in GIScience:

  • Support for undergraduate and graduate residential education in GIScience, e.g. through teacher education and summer schools.
  • Implementation of ACA*GISc as a regional node in the UNIGIS distance education network.
  • Joint initiatives towards externally funded projects in research and education.
  • Network development through an annual symposium on GIScience in Central Asia (GISCA).

Currently ACA*GIScience is serving as a UNIGIS study centre (www.unigis.net/bishkek) for Central Asia, hosting the annual GISCA conference (gisca.aca-giscience.org) and serving as a geoinformatics centre of competence for a broad range of international projects.

Major research and cooperation topics are the development of community-based spatial data infrastructures (see geoportal.aca-giscience.org), geospatial analysis for the optimisation of renewable sources of energy and water resources, and the management of risks, disasters and emergencies.

Website: www.aca-giscience.org

Contact: Dr. Ainura NAZARKULOVA – ainura.nazarkulova@aca-giscience.org

 

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