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Executive Vice President Wu Jiannan Visited the University of New South Wales, Australia

Release time:2018-12-13 13:23:00

Wu Jiannan, Distinguished Professor of the School of International and Public Affairs of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Executive Vice President of the China Institute for Urban Governance, and Director of the Department of Arts and Cultural Construction, led a delegation to the University of New South Wales, Australia on November 6-8. Professor Wu Jiannan met with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales Canberra Campus and the Dean of the School of Business. He conducted academic exchanges on urban governance research and examined Canberra's urban governance innovation practice cases.

On the morning of November 6, Vice President Wu Jiannan and his team met with Harvard Sidhu, Vice President of Canberra Campus, Michael O’Donnell, Dean of Business School, Helen Dickinson, Director of Public Service Team, and Deborah Blackman, Executive Director. On the afternoon of November 6, the two sides held in-depth discussions on the preliminary cooperation research. Professor Deborah Blackman presided over the first seminar. Dr. Gu Xiaokun, deputy director of the Institute's cooperation and exchange department, and other Chinese representatives gave lectures on urban country parks.

On the morning of November 7, Professor Deborah Blackman hosted the second seminar, and Professor Helen Dickinson and other six Australian researchers reported on the application of robots in urban public services. The two sides had a lively discussion and laid an important foundation for future cooperation.

On the afternoon of November 7, Professor Wu Jiannan gave a lecture on “Best Practices in Urban Governance in the Yangtze River Delta Region: Selection, Characteristics and Highlights”. Nearly 40 experts from the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Canberra University, and Sydney Scholars and practitioners participated. Professor Wu Jiannan started from the practice of urbanization in China's 40 years of reform and opening up, sorted out the academic origins of best practice, compared the research status of best practices in international cities, and introduced the selection process of the best practice cases of urban governance in the Yangtze River Delta. He analyzed the classification and characteristics of best practices, and focused on the background, operational mechanism, excellent results and reproducible experience of “Nanjing Public Opinion 110”. Participants highly affirmed the speech and highly appreciated the Chinese story of best practices in urban governance during the 40 years of reform and opening up.

On November 8th, the delegation first visited the Questacon Australia National Science and Technology Center and carefully understood the “Project for the Future of Science and Technology Innovation for Young People”. The project was launched by the Australian Government, the Australian National University and companies such as Shell and Samsung to stimulate young people's interest and enthusiasm for technological innovation and to train innovative thinking. Mr. Kate Driver, Director of the Center, and Mr. Craig Whelan, Senior Manager, gave a detailed introduction to the project's sponsorship background, project design and innovation achievements, and led the delegation to visit the facilities and special events of the center.
Subsequently, the delegation visited the National Botanical Garden of Canberra. As an important project in urban space management, the National Botanical Garden originated from a forest fire in 2003. How to restore the ecological space after the fire? The Canberra City Council decided to re-establish an internationally influential botanical garden on the site. Mr. Scott Saddler, Executive Manager of the Botanical Garden, detailed introduced the various mechanisms for how the government, botanists, planners and the public work together in the process of spatial management of the botanical garden. After five years, the Botanical Garden has collected more than 100 endangered species from around the world. This botanical garden is not only a green public space for Canberra residents' leisure and education, but also a seed bank that maintains the world's biodiversity.

Finally, the delegation visited the headquarters of the Thinkplace company in Australia. Thinkplace partner Darren Menachemson introduced the idea of how to apply system design, re-established the partnership between government and NGOS, and proposed new ideas for solving community problems. It has played an important role in community governance issues such as vulnerable group rescue, elderly care services, and problem family interventions. The case study of Australian urban governance innovation practice provides an international sample for the Institute's research on urban governance practices.

At present, our school has established a strategic relationship of international cooperation with the University of New South Wales, Australia. In 2018, the Shanghai Jiaotong University-New South Wales University Cooperation Seed Fund was released. Under the fund, three doctoral students of our school also participated in the visit. This visit is not only a strategic deployment of the school's international cooperation, but also an exploration of the Institute's further singing of the Chinese story. It has achieved good results and laid an important foundation for future cooperation.
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