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ECU broadens its international collaborations with China

Monday, 27 September 2010

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Delegates from Jiangxi Provincial Department of Education and Nanchang Hang Kong University (NCHKU), China, visited ECU on Tuesday, 21 September to sign the Articulation Agreement, an official document outlining future agreed collaboration in student mobility between the two universities.

The Agreement, signed by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, and President of NCHKU, Professor Wang Guoyan, was officially ratified at the event, with Professor Cox represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Arshad Omari. Mr Yu Guoqing, Director-General of Jiangxi Provincial Department of Education witnessed the signing of the agreement.

Representatives from ECU included Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, Professor Atique Islam; Dean of ECU International, Professor Gensheng Shen; Associate Dean (International) from the Faculty of Business and Law, Associate Professor Maryam Omari; Associate Dean (International), from the Faculty of Education and Arts, Ms Helen Vella Bonavita and Partnership Development Manager, ECU International, Miss Fengmei Guo.

Also present at the event was Presidents from Yichun University, Jiujiang Vocational and Technical College, and Jiangxi City University.

The delegates met with senior staff from both the Faculty of Business and Law and the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science to discuss the future collaboration in the areas of student exchange, staff exchange and joint research.

Prior to the event, delegates also attended meetings with the Lord Mayor of Perth City, Ms Lisa Scaffidi and the Minister of Education and Tourism the Hon Dr Elizabeth Constable, both organised by Professor Cox.

Professor Omari said it was a privilege to welcome someone of such high calibre as Mr Guoqing, who is in charge of 26,000 education institutions, 600,000 teachers and 10 million students in the Jiangxi Province.

“The visit allowed us to broaden the cooperative relationship with NCHKU from student and staff exchanges to joint research, and provided us with opportunities to develop partnerships with other universities in the Jiangxi Province.”

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

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