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ECU establishes links with four partner universities in China

Thursday, 26 February 2009

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox has announced new partnerships between ECU and four universities in China.

The new partnerships will advance educational, training and research activities including student and staff exchanges between Australia and China.

At a ceremony held in Beijing on Tuesday, 24 February Professor Kerry Cox signed memoranda linking ECU with:

  • North College of Beijing University of Chemical Engineering,
  • Kede College of Capital Normal University,
  • City College of Science and Technology Chongqing University, and
  • Jiangcheng College of China University of Geosciences.

Hosted by the President of North College of Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Professor Sheng Weiyong, the ceremony was attended by presidents and senior leaders of all four universities.

Mr Iain Watt from the Australian Embassy in Beijing, and Ms Tong Xiaobin, Deputy Secretary-General in the China International Cultural Exchange Centre were also recognised for their efforts in bringing the partner universities together.

Dr Tie Zhao, the newly appointed Director of the ECU China Representative Office, said the partnership will greatly strengthen educational links between China and Australia.

University leaders spoke of the importance of education and training being supported by individual institutions and nations across cultural boundaries in order to create a better future for the peoples of the world.

Professor Cox said this new partnership between ECU and the four major universities in China is a significant step towards increasing the value of the work of each university.

"At this time of great uncertainty the world desperately needs far better recognition of the importance of investment in head power," he said.

"People who know how to learn and apply knowledge, especially in various cultural settings, will be the value-adding contributors to the future of human kind."

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