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27 October 2015

Swinburne University has partnered with one of China's most prestigious design, research and innovation institutions – Tongji University's College of Design and Innovation.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley joined representatives from the two universities in Shanghai today as they signed an agreement to develop joint research focusing on design and innovation.

Tongji's College of Design and Innovation and Swinburne's School of Design will partner in new research projects and in managing joint PhD students, opening up opportunities for innovation. PhD students who graduate will be awarded jointly badged degrees from both Swinburne and Tongji Universities.

Minister Foley also announced Victorian Government support for PhD Design Research Scholarships for up to three students each year from 2017.

Recipients will be awarded up to $5,000 towards their studies, which will be used for travel, living expenses and expenditure related to their research.

Minister Foley is in China with a Victorian Creative Industries leaders from across the design, screen, visual and performing arts sectors. The visit follows the recent signing of a Cultural Partnership Agreement between Victoria and the People's Republic of China, opening the doors for Victoria's creative industries to forge new opportunities with Australia's biggest trading partner.