University celebrates five years in China

12 November 2009

For the fifth year in a row, during which time the number of Chinese students has doubled from 2000 to 4000, the University of Sydney has sent a senior delegation to China.

This year, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Hearn will join with leading Sydney and Chinese academics to host a series of high-level events in Beijing and Guangzhou.

This includes partnering with China's Ministry of Health for a symposium on health reform that will feature a presentation by Vice-Minister Dr Huang Jiefu, Vice Minister of Health, PR China.

The University of Sydney will also join with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the National Academy of Education Administration to host symposia on China and the 21st Century and Developing the Next Generation of University Leaders.

As part of this years events in Beijing, the University of Sydney will celebrate its longstanding relationship with China by reuniting the first Chinese scholars to graduate from an Australian university, the "Gang of 9", with their University Professor, Dame Leonie Kramer.

"The University of Sydney has deep and historical ties with China dating from the enrolment thirty years ago of the first Chinese scholars able to travel overseas to study after the cultural revolution. This tradition continues today with extensive teaching and research links with top Chinese universities," said Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence.

"China is a rising and hugely important nation on the world stage and these visits enable us to continue to build friendship and understanding," said DVC, Professor John Hearn.

The Australian and Chinese Government recently announced their commitment to promoting people to-people links between our two countries in fields such as education, culture, sports, tourism and the media and said they looked forward to a successful Shanghai Expo.
The University of Sydney is the only University that is a Gold Sponsor of the Shanghai Expo.

The University is committed to excellence in research and in 2009 jumped to number 36 in the world according to the Times Higher Education rankings. Links with leading Chinese Universities have resulted in more than 40 joint research programs in areas as diverse as public health and medicine, food security and the environment, engineering and urban development and culture and education.

The university's global network of partner institutions covers research collaboration, joint teaching projects and staff and student exchange across 37 countries in Europe, North America and Asia. In China, Sydney collaborates with Tsinghua, Beijing, Fudan, Shanghai Jiaotong, Nanjing and Hong Kong Universities.

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