The University of Sydney Confucius Institute hosts a Student Discussion Forum

5 August 2010

On 5 August 2010, the University of Sydney Confucius Institute hosted a discussion forum for students from the University of Sydney and a delegation of students from Tsinghua University in Beijing. The 22 students, who are the highest ranking from the 2009 HSC examinations, are currently visiting the University and were interested to compare student life in China and Australia. Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute Professor Gao Yuanbao opened the forum to the students, remarking that it was an honour to have such distinguished visitors and hoped that they would gain much from the forum.

Tom, who is majoring in Chinese Studies, Business Management and Political Economy, discussed the differences in school social relationships, how teachers are viewed by each community and importantly, the value of education in each country. How students approached their studies and their work ethic was also considered, as the group discussed their working week. Angela, who is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Cross-Cultural Communication, said that topics from student accommodation to the pressures of study were discussed.

However, the discussion was not all tied to the serious subject of study. The students were also keen to know how Australian students balanced their work and education, to learn of the many societies offered at the University, and went on to add that they hoped to visit Taronga Zoo during their stay, to view Australia's unique wildlife.