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Students return home after international adventure

Thursday, 02 June 2011


The first group of 17 Exercise Science students from the Faculty of Computing, Health and Sciences will be heading back to Perth this weekend after spending 13 weeks living and studying at Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU) in Xi’an city, China.

The group, including lecturer Dr Sophia Nimphius, headed to China on Thursday, March 3 as part of an international partnership between ECU and SNNU.

The partnership has been developed as part of ECU’s strategic planning to encourage the internationalisation of learning for students and involves ECU and SNNU teaching two units each during the semester.

Students have been participating in Chinese language and culture classes as well as taking part in cultural field trips and interacting with local students.

Exercise Science student Kieran Young said he had enjoyed every moment of the program.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this programme. The whole trip was a rewarding experience and I learnt something new about myself, others and a whole new culture every day,” said Exercise Science student Kieran Young.  

“I strongly urge anyone who is thinking of participating in this programme in the future to take full advantage of it.  It will be an experience you will never forget and I will cherish all the memories and knowledge I have gained from this trip for the rest of my life.”

The Head of School, Sport, Exercise and Biomedical Science, Professor Rob Newton, recently visited SNNU and the students during their time abroad.  

“I have spent a very enjoyable and fruitful four days in Xi’an. I met with our students on several occasions and we had lengthy discussions about the study program. The overwhelming feedback is that it is one of the best experiences of their lives and several have said they will return to continue Chinese culture and language study,” Professor Newton said.

Senior Study Abroad Exchange Officer from ECU International, Miss Natalie Ilott, congratulated the students on their participation in the program and making the most of their time in China.

“I am very pleased that the students have really embraced this wonderful overseas study opportunity, they have dedicated themselves academically and fully immersed themselves in the Chinese culture and I look forward to hearing all about their experience on their return,” said Miss Ilott.

ECU International will be working with the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science to offer the Exercise Science program at SNNU again in the near future. For more information please contact the Study Abroad/Exchange team


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