Thursday, 03 June 2010
President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry O. Cox, and ECU Dean (International), Professor Gensheng Shen, pictured here with the Australian Ambassador to China, Dr Geoff Raby, said that they are excited by the rapid progress ECU is making in forging productive and sustainable partnerships with several universities in China.
These include Shenzhen University, Shenzhen Polytechnic, Zhuhai College of Jilin University, Overseas Education College of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shaanxi Normal University.
These partnerships vary depending on synergies that emerge between the matching strengths of the Chinese partners and ECU and include undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research as well as senior executive training programs. An important criterion for these partnerships is the expectation of mutual benefit, and staff and student mobility in both directions.
President Cox said “these significantly enhanced academic arrangements have been greatly helped by the formal establishment of the ECU China Representative Office in Shenzhen directed by Dr Tie Zhao”.
Whilst in Shanghai, Professor Cox and Professor Shen participated in the Australia-China University Presidents Forum held in the Australian Pavilion at Shanghai EXPO 2010.
Professor Cox said that this 10th Forum was another high level exchange of views to help forge stronger partnerships in higher education between Australia and China.
“In addition, for me it was a delight to meet at the Forum my friend and colleague, Professor Wu Fengmin, President of Zhejiang Normal University, so soon after his visit to ECU in Perth two weeks ago”.