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WAAPA builds ties with China

Thursday, 21 October 2010


Eight WAAPA classical music and jazz students joined Program Director, Mr Graham Wood and Senior Lecturer, Mr Stewart Smith on a recent trip to China to visit a number of universities in both Nanchang and Shanghai.

The aim of the visit was to allow staff and students the opportunity to meet with colleagues at Nanchang University (NCU) to discuss the programs being offered in our respective institutions and further build on ECU’s strong partnership with the University.  

It also provided an opportunity for students and lecturers to perform a range of repertoire jazz and classical music to showcase the teaching and research strengths of the WAAPA music program.

The WAAPA delegation was treated to performances of classical music and Chinese traditional music played by NCU students and staff and it is anticipated that an ensemble of student musicians from Nanchang will visit WAAPA next year.

The delegation also visited the Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University in Nanchang and the Shanghai Normal University Music College.

The trip to China concluded with Mr Wood and the jazz students performing on stage at the Australian Pavillion at the World Expo in Shanghai.

Director of WAAPA, Professor Julie Warn, believes the visit was a rewarding learning experience.

“The trip gave students the chance to interact with their peers in a different cultural setting and provided lecturers with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in areas of teaching and research areas.”

“This was a fantastic opportunity to perform on an international level and it opened dialogue to further explore collaborative opportunities with a range of Chinese tertiary institutions.”

For more information on ECU’s international collaborations, visit the ECU International webpage.

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