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To Wing Chinese Language and Culture Fund launched


17 June 2016

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence and Dr To Wing.
University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence and Dr To Wing.

Students from the University of Sydney’s Department of Chinese Studies will be given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of China, thanks to a new fund launched this week. 

The To Wing Chinese Language and Culture Fund is the result of a $150,000 donation from respected Chinese businessman Dr To Wing, who has a long association with the University of Sydney and was also the first donor to the China Studies Centre. 

The new donation will primarily be used to support the In-Country Study Program to China offered by the Department of Chinese Studies. The In-Country Study Program was initially set up by the Department in 2012. Additional funding will be used to set up awards for top-performing students studying Chinese at Sydney.

The To Wing Chinese Language and Culture Fund was officially launched at an on-campus event attended by University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean Professor Barbara Caine, Deputy Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney Tong Xuejun, President of Australian Council for the Promotion of a Peaceful Reunification of China Huang Xiangmo, and other members of the University community.

The launch of the To Wing Chinese Language and Culture Fund.
The launch of the To Wing Chinese Language and Culture Fund.

Speaking at the launch, Dr To Wing said that he hoped the Fund would not only help University of Sydney students improve their language skills, but also offer them a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of China and to continue to foster a positive Sino-Australian relationship.

“I wish for the long-term development of the friendship between our two countries,” he said.

Special guest of honour at the launch, Deputy Consul General of the PRC in Sydney Tong Xuejun, said the To Wing Chinese Language and Culture Fund would offer University of Sydney students the opportunity to “live the language and culture, rather than just learn the language and culture.”

Head of the School of Languages and Cultures Professor Yixu Lu expressed thanks to Dr To Wing for his donation.

“It has long been recognised that the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in the culture of a country. This experience will enhance our students’ skills and will make them better future leaders,” Professor Lu said.

Student Alexandra Raine speaking at the launch.
Student Alexandra Raine speaking at the launch.

Undergraduate student Alexandra Raine also expressed thanks to Dr To Wing for his support on behalf of the University of Sydney student community.

“I really like learning the Chinese language because it provides me with many opportunities,” she said. “I hope that by the time I graduate I can be proficient in the language.”

To find out more about studying Chinese at Sydney, visit the Department of Chinese Studies website.