Partners on a world stage

21 October 2009

The University of Sydney's gold sponsorship of the Australian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in China 2010 was announced today by the Minister for Trade Simon Crean, at the official launch of the Australian Pavilion in Parliament House, Canberra.

The Shanghai World Expo, running from May to October 2010, will be a high-profile economic, cultural and political event expected to attract 70 to 80 million people. The University of Sydney is the only university to sponsor the Australian Pavilion.

"We are extremely proud to be a partner with the Australian government in this significant venture," said Dr Michael Spence, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney.

"China is and will continue to be of great importance to the University of Sydney and the World Expo will be a particularly strong platform for us to demonstrate, in partnership with the Australian Government, our quality education and research, our China expertise and our longstanding commitment to the relationship," said Dr Spence.

Education is now Australia's largest services export and third largest export overall, ahead of tourism, according to recent ABS figures.*

"Our presence at the World Expo will allow us to showcase Australia and the University of Sydney to a wide range of Chinese and international leaders and opinion makers through a series of high level academic forums and events."

The University of Sydney's longstanding ties with China date back more than30 years when the first Chinese scholars who were allowed to travel overseas to study after the Cultural Revolution, enrolled at the University of Sydney.

"This tradition continues today with extensive research and teaching links with top Chinese universities and the delivery of training courses to senior government officials," Dr Spence said.

In 2005 the University of Sydney was the first university in the world to be accorded the honour of holding a presentation ceremony for graduates and their guests in the Great Hall of the People. *The Nature of International Education in Australian Universities and its benefits,
by Strategic Policy and Research In Education (SPRE) Ltd, for Universities Australia.

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