Prof Josef Strobl visited Nanjing Normal University (NJNU) on Jan 9-11, aiming at strengthening and expanding the longstanding academic cooperation between NJNU and Salzburg. Hosted by Prof Tang Guoan, Dean of the NJNU School of Geography and 1998 PhD graduate from Z_GIS, the visit was focussed on developing a joint application for Erasmus Mundus led by Z_GIS' Dr Shahnawaz and enhancing the exchange and student mobility activities between both universities.
Started already in 2014, a joint MSc program offers students the opportunity to graduate from NJNU and PLUS with double degrees in Geoinformatics. Chinese students spend a full year in the 'Applied Geoinformatics' MSc programme at Z_GIS, and then finish their research and theses at NJNU before graduating from both universities. As a first candidate, Ms. Hanqing Zhao currently is 'testing' these arrangements, with another six students scheduled to come to Salzburg in the 2015/16 academic year.
Prof Strobl presented a lecture on 'Balancing Micro- and Macro-Geographies' before meeting with graduate students to discuss their research and offering advice on methodologies and publication options. This brief visit succeeded with setting the stage for intensified cooperation and selecting qualified candidates for the highly regarded joint study programs.