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The University of Sydney Business School helping to fulfil the Chinese Dream

06 Nov 2013

Co-Dean Professor David Grant says that the University of Sydney Business School is helping to fulfil the dreams of China's business sector and its people by providing thousands of students with world class professional and personal skills and through cutting edge research and industry engagement.

Professor Grant was speaking while in China attending University of Sydney graduation ceremonies and alumni events.

"We do research on Australia China business relations that is directly relevant to the debate about links between the two countries and which informs Australian strategies for cooperation with Chinese business partners," Professor Grant said.

The Business School, he added, "graduates hundreds of enterprising and talented Chinese students every year who go on to work as international managers in China and many other countries by making good use of the knowledge gained during their studies".

Professor Grant went on to mention the work of the Business School's recently established China-Australia Business Research Network headed by Professor of Chinese Business Hans Hendrischke and noted its close cooperation with the University of Sydney China Studies Centre. Professor Grant pointed to how this cooperation had led to a series of reports on China's investment in Australia which have been published with corporate partner, KPMG. This included the publication in October of a report on Chinese direct investment in the Australian agribusiness sector.

"The report calls for a new model of cooperation that takes account of the shift in business focus from food security to food safety and from the supply of bulk goods to market integration in safe food for the Chinese and international markets through close cooperation and investment links between Australian and Chinese partners," he said.

While much of the Business School's research carried out by the China-Australia Business Network is applied, Professor Grant said its research is "underpinned by a theoretical engagement with new ideas that see what is happening in China today as part of an entrepreneurial revolution and a change of paradigm in management science."

He noted that the School's research effort is greatly assisted by a network of Chinese research partners including Zhejiang University and Shanghai Jiaotong University and by many PhD students from China.

"The Chinese Dream" is an expression coined by China's new President Xi Jinping to describe a set of ideals to which the nation and its people are urged to aspire. Earlier this year, Xi Jinping identified these as comprising of ideals such as "national rejuvenation, improvement in people's livelihoods, prosperity and construction of a better society.

In Xi's view "young people should dare to dream, work assiduously to fulfil their dreams and contribute to the revitalisation of the nation."

"Our Chinese students are creating their own dreams" said Professor Grant. "The Business School is doing its best to help them to realise their individual dreams which all add up to a greater dream for China".

"The Chinese dream means different things to different people, and our students are no exception to this. But, their dreams do share a common feature. This is to develop successful international careers as business leaders."

To help its many Chinese students fulfil their professional dream, the University of Sydney Business School provides all students with "a cutting edge business education that emphasises a blending of up to the moment professional knowledge and highly effective personal skills such as leadership, critical thinking, communications and teamwork" concluded Professor Grant.