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Thursday September 1st, 2016

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University of Windsor President Alan Wildeman signed Memorandums of Understanding with Yunnan University and Sichuan Bohong Group on Thursday.

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and chaired by federal Minister of International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland.

The Memorandums of Understanding is for the creation of a Canada-China research lab on water quality issues in Yunnan’s Plateau Lakes. Yunnan University will support the establishment of the International Institute on Plateau Lake Research. The agreement represents a further strengthening of collaborations that began several years ago and that have been spearheaded by the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research.

Scientists from the University of Waterloo and Laurentian University are also active in the joint research efforts. In collaboration with Chinese scientists, Canadian expertise stemming from Canada’s Great Lakes environmental conservation experience will be applied to addressing environmental pressures affecting Yunnan’s Plateau Lakes, which are an important reserve of fresh water in China. Yunnan is a province located in southwest China.

The agreement opens the door for discussions about establishing a joint research program in automotive engineering, and developing management training programs at the University of Windsor.

“These two agreements build on the University of Windsor’s internationally recognized expertise,” said Alan Wildeman, President and Vice-Chancellor. “It was a privilege to be able to sign them during the official visit to China by Prime Minister Trudeau and International Trade Minister Freeland. I also thank the Canadian Consulate General in Chongqing for all of their efforts to facilitate the collaborations being built on with these signings.”

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