The University of Western Australia has signed a collaborative agreement with the China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) and the University of Queensland to strengthen co-operation in mining research. The collaboration will involve the establishment of a Sino-Australian Mining Research Centre in China which will act as an international platform for the Australian and Chinese governments, industries, educational and research institutions, as well as economies.CUMT is considered China’s top university for mining technology and boasts more than 40,000 students. UWA’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson: “This collaboration will build talent and ensure quality in research across the fields of energy, minerals and mining, including PhD training in mining geology, exploration and technology.The Centre will be located at CUMT’s main campus in Xuhou, Jiangsu Province, and will integrate training and research with the delivery of technology and innovative products. CUMT’s President Professor Ge Shirong, whose research interests include reliability of mine machinery and rescue robotics, said he was very proud to partner with two of the best universities in mining and mining technology in Australia. “This is an important collaboration for China in recognising its new role as an international economy. I believe through teaching and research, China-Australia relations will continue to develop in close cooperation and through greater understanding,” he said.The research areas will include geological exploration, mining and safety, mineral processing, coal-based synthetic fuel, new energy and ecological environmental restoration.