Cheng is signing a contract with Miss Mui Cook, Dean of International Education Department of Australian Western Sydney Institute of TAFE
In order to promote our development towards international education and broaden the communicative and cooperative channels with the overseas universities, Cheng Zhouqun, vice-Secretary of CPC with her delegation paid a visit to the Universities of Australia and New Zealand from Nov. 10 to 17. Shen Shiren, the executive school dean of Business and Trade School, Ren Guocan, deputy head of Teaching Affairs Office together with Zheng Huimin, deputy director of Office of Foreign Affairs accompanied Cheng.
Cheng and her delegation visited Australian Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, University of Wollongong and Unitec Institute of Technology of New Zealand and received a warm welcome. At TAFE, Miss Mui Cook, the director of International Department, Miss Nancy Li, manager of International Distance Education and Whitney Rousham, director of Business Department together with relative principals had a reception for our delegation. They showed us around their Blacktown and OTEN campuses. During the reception, Cheng introduced the current situation of Ningbo TAFE Institute and the schooling role and general planning of it. Furthermore, the Department of Education of Zhejiang Province and Ningbo Educational Bureau also pay much attention to this project. Miss Cook said that Ningbo TAFE Institute is the only dependent legal China-foreign cooperation organization in China, and she had great confidence towards its future. Both parties discussed the cooperative details of dispatching of teaching staff and the connection between courses. They signed an agreement under the friendly atmosphere and communication. Cheng and Mui signed the supplement agreement on behalf of two colleges. We finally agreed on details of the teaching staff training, courses cooperation and certificates training except for the project after high school study.
Director Bill Damachis of International Projects and Union together with Chinese Project Manger Jessica Sun welcomed our delegation at University of Wollongong. Both parties introduced their schooling situation and got an agreement on the project of a short-term students exchange, which means that both parties could send their students to the opposite college to learn English and specialty courses for a week and then have a practical internship in the companies. University of Wollongong also hoped that we could build a bridge between their teachers and our Chinese companies for practice and research.
The International Director Jude Lydia and their Director of International (China) Relationship Department Lee Hsieh together with their Directors from Trade Department and Computer Department warmly welcomed our visitors. The two sides had a communication on the projects of students exchange, top-up program, teacher training and exchanging, and we got a mutual agreement finally.
The universities we visited are among the top three in Australia, they all have rich experience in vocational and higher education, also, they have owned outstanding faculty and set up flexible schooling system. This visit will further broaden our international cooperation and introduce more quality educational resources to our college, furthermore, it will lay a basis for our international schooling standard. The International Education Exchange Center will further follow and push the projects after the visit .