A TRILATERAL agreement between The University of Western Australia, China’s Zhejiang University and Japan’s Kobe University will be used to establish education and scientific links between the three institutions. UWA vice-chancellor Alan Robson said the trilateral collaboration was based on WA’s strength in medical research, Japan’s strength in bio-engineering, particularly in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, and China’s access to clinical trials. “The agreement will involve research in bio-engineering and particularly orthopaedics and rehabilitation,” Professor Robson said. “These include tissue imaging (such as MRI, X-ray and endoscopy), tissue loading (measurements and computer modelling) and tissue intervention (prostheses, tissue engineering and rehabilitation).” UWA established a partnership with Zhejiang University in 2004, with the aim of extending links between WA and Zhejiang province. Since then, the partnership has resulted in the establishment of: UWA-Zhejiang University joint laboratory in plant function genomics and nutriomics; Australia-China Biotherapeutics Centre; Australia’s first Confucius Institute, located on campus at UWA; and regular staff and student exchanges.