South Africa’s University of Johannesburg and China’s Nanjing Tech University on Friday launched the Research Center on Chemical and Environmental Engineering to deepen science innovation collaborations between researchers of the two institutions.
The establishment of the joint research center came after several years of collaboration between the Process, Energy and Environmental Technology Station (UJ PEETS) of the University of Johannesburg and the State Key Laboratory of Materials Orientated Chemical Engineering of Nanjing Tech University on various science projects.
Nickel Janse Van Rensburg, station manager at PEETS, told Xinhua during the launch of the center that the initiative would promote science research between the two institutions.
“We are establishing this joint research so that we can be able to strengthen research in energy and environmental aspects so that we can support industries towards a net zero waste, clean industry economy and we want to harness the energy of our research and support industries,” she said.
She said their previous collaborations made the launch inevitable. “Now, we are formalizing this to give us a vehicle to take forward this.”
Li Nan, minister counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, said that with the fourth industrial revolution approaching, this kind of cooperation is critical.
“We are willing to join hands with South Africa to embrace the industrial revolution for the common development of technology. China and South Africa’s cooperation is important for research purposes,” he said.
Phumka Mdaka from South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology spoke of a number of MOUs signed between China and South Africa in the field of science and technology last year.
“This joint research shows that there’s a very strong relationship between South Africa and China. It’s expanding, it’s not only limited to government,” she said. Enditem