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Graduation ceremony tops week of activities in China


2 November 2011

Chancellor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir with one of the Chinese graduates.
Chancellor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir with one of the Chinese graduates.

University of Sydney representatives spent a week in China late last month celebrating the graduation of 200 students in Beijing, and building on collaborative programs with Chinese research partners in areas ranging from food security to entrepreneurism.

A delegation led by the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor held meetings with Chinese vice-ministers and government officials, and visited the Chinese Academies of Science, Agriculture and Social Sciences as well as leading universities.

Part of the University's seventh annual visit to China, academics also participated in seven 'Frontiers of Knowledge' symposia, building on collaborative programs with local partners in food security, education assessment, entrepreneurism, science and technology.

Professor John Hearn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), said: "The visit will help to strengthen the cultural understanding between Australia and China, and tackle mutual challenges in food security, public health, education and social development."

At the graduation ceremony, Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence delivered his address in Chinese, drawing applause from the students, their parents and relatives.

The University also held a reception for more than 400 alumni. The University has almost 5000 Chinese students currently studying in Sydney and more than 15,000 graduates who have returned to China.

"They form a permanent bridge that will become even stronger in years to come," said Professor Hearn.

Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence with Huang Haotao, Secretary General of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence with Huang Haotao, Secretary General of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

The graduation ceremony was followed by a VIP dinner, attended by Australian and Chinese leaders in arts, agriculture, health, education and engineering. The guest speaker, Huang Haotao, Secretary General of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, praised the success of the China-Sydney partnership.

Earlier this year the University established a China Studies Centre bringing together 130 researchers in the humanities and social sciences, sciences, medicine and health. New partnerships are also being developed with universities in western China, and 2012 will see an active program to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic and Australia.


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