University of Sydney Business School strengthens China ties through Industry Placement Program

25 November 2013

The University of Sydney Business School has moved to further strengthen its already significant China links by extending its Industry Placement Program to Australia's largest trading partner.

During December and January more than 40 Business School students will work as interns with 12 multinational and local firms in China including KPMG, PwC, the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group and the accounting company BDO.

The decision to extend the Program to China follows a highly successful pilot scheme which found internships for students in Shanghai and other major Chinese cities.

"This move reflects the importance of China to the global economy and, more specifically, Australia's own economic future," said Dr Leanne Piggott, Director of the Business School's Business Programs Unit.

"The practical business experience gained by Business School students working in China will greatly enhance their employment prospects both in China and elsewhere," Dr Piggott said.

"The extension of the Industry Placement Program to China will help prepare Australian and Chinese students for successful international careers as business leaders," added the Business School's Co-Dean Professor David Grant.

"This program will help to underpin our effort to provide students with a cutting edge business education while developing their personal skills in leadership, critical thinking and communication," Professor Grant said.

The industry placements in China is expected to benefit both Chinese nationals who are currently studying at the Business School and Australian students hoping to one day work for a company engaged with China.

The extension of the program is in keeping with the Business School's long-term focus on China, which embraces research, co-operation arrangements with leading Chinese tertiary institutions and a successful effort to enrol Chinese students.

Units of the Business School's new MBA program are now delivered in Shanghai while the School has also committed considerable resources to the establishment of its Australia China Business Network.

"Our research is directly relevant to Australia China business, trade and economic relations while we also equip enterprising and talented Chinese students to work as international managers in China and many other countries," Professor Grant said.

The Business School's Industry Placement Program also provides students with an opportunity to work in France and the United States.

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