Thursday, 27 September 2012
Seven computing students are among the first to study at one of ECU’s newest partner institutions in China.
The School of Computer and Security Science students recently travelled with Dr Chris Bolan to Nanchang University in China for the inaugural two week program.
“This week we have seen the new campus, attended four lectures on Chinese culture, attended a banquet with the staff from the international office and attended the welcome concert for the freshmen,” Dr Bolan wrote in an email from China.
He said the group have also had the opportunity to explore various tourist hotspots with walking tours around Nanchang and its nearby mountains, climbing the Great Wall of China and touring Beijing.
“Student interaction is very high with the Nanchang locals eagerly taking the students out each night,” he said.
There was also an ECU versus Nanchang badminton match; although Dr Bolan said that final scores are still unclear.
Overall, he was very impressed with the visit and the ECU students who participated.
“They were asked to meet with the director from the local office of ZTE, one of China's largest tech firms,” he said. “The group have been excellent student ambassadors for the University.”
Nanchang University itself is located in central China in Nanchang city, south of the Yangtze River.
It is hoped that this study tour will encourage future students to study in China. ECU Bachelor of Communications student Digby Wren is currently studying at Nanchang on exchange and said he loved the experience so far.
“It is surpassing all my expectations,” Digby said.
“Nanchangis a bustling metropolis of over five million, with plenty of Walmarts and Starbucks to satisfy my shopping and coffee requirements.”
There are a number of government grants worth $5,000 each, available to students interested in studying in China on exchange in 2013.
The grants are offered through the Australian government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education International Student Exchange Program.
For more information visit the ECU International webpage or attend the next Study Overseas Information Session: Wednesday, 10 October at Mount Lawley (12-12:30pm in room 18.106) or Joondalup (12:30-1pm in room 4.238).