Tuesday, 11 May 2010
ECU hosted a visit from the Deputy Director of the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education, Mr Li Lu, and his fellow delegates on Friday, 7 May 2010.
The purpose of the visit was to showcase ECU to the delegation and further strengthen the excellent partnership between ECU and universities in China.
The delegation met with ECU senior staff including, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Arshad Omari; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Tony Watson; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor John Finlay-Jones; Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Equity and Indigenous), Professor Brenda Cherednichenko; Executive Dean, Faculty Business and Law, Professor Atique Islam and Dean of ECU International, Professor Gensheng Shen.
The group discussed the significant role ECU has played in the 23-year Sister Relationship between Western Australia and Zhejiang Province, China, and the mutual academic benefits derived from the relationship.
The delegation was made up of seven Presidents from universities in China, including President of Zhejiang University of Technology, Mr Zhang Libin; President of Hangzhou Dianzi University, Mr Xue Anke; President of Zhejiang Normal University, Mr Wu Fengmin; President of Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, Mr Du Wei; President of Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, Mr Peng Shaojian; President of Zhejiang Tourism College, Mr Wang Kunxin and President of Zhejiang Textiles and Fashion College, Ms Wang Meizhen as well as representatives from the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education including Chief of Foreign Affairs Division, Mr Shu Peidong and Interpreter, Foreign Affairs Division, Ms Lang Jingjing.
“The visit of such an extraordinarily high level delegation from key universities to ECU is a significant event in ECU’s history,” said Professor Kerry Cox.
“Over the years ECU has been working closely with the Zhejiang Normal University in delivering the Master of Education course, which has recently been approved by the Ministry of Education for an additional five-year term.”
During his address, Professor Kerry Cox expressed his great appreciation to Mr LI Lu and Professor Du Wei, President of Zhejiang University of Science and Technology ,who were instrumental in organising this successful partnership.
Professor Cox also announced that ECU was committed to broadening its relationship with the Zhejiang universities.
“We currently offer a PhD scholarship to Zhejiang Normal University and Zhejiang University of Media and Communications but would like to expand this offer to include the other five universities as well.” he said.
Mr Li Lu spoke highly of ECU’s significant contribution to the social and economic development in Zhejiang Province.
“ECU’s Master program has graduated more than 350 education leaders in schools and education departments and has received a very good reputation in Zhejiang Province.”
Prior to the ECU delegation visit, Professor Kerry Cox gave a presentation to the delegation at the 2010 Western Australian Zhejiang Vice Chancellors and Presidents Forum on Thursday, 6 May, where he discussed how the Western Australian university sector works in partnership with local colleges and institutes to maximise learning opportunities and pathways for students from diverse backgrounds as well as how Western Australian universities work to create an interdisciplinary learning experience for their domestic and international students.