Strengthening our China ties

11 April 2013

Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence attended the 2013 Bo'ao Forum in Hainan, China earlier this week.

The Vice-Chancellor was the sole Australian representative on a panel to discuss education and employment, part of the inaugural China-Australia Senior Business Leaders' Forum at Bo'ao.

The Bo'ao Forum is a high-level conference for leaders from government, business and academia in Asia. Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the new Chinese President Xi Jinping were also at this year's forum.

"The forum is an important event for people who want to listen to China and engage with China," said Dr Spence, who was attending Bo'ao for the second consecutive year. "In order to maintain and grow our massive intellectual engagement with our most important neighbour, it is vital that we participate in forums like these."

A range of Chinese media interviewed the Vice-Chancellor during the forum, including Xinhua News International, China Radio International and CCTV.

As part of his trip to China, Dr Spence was also invited to discuss education issues at a dinner hosted in Beijing by Julia Gillard.

In her address at the dinner, the Prime Minister praised the University's recently announced Sino-Australian Joint Laboratory for Eco-agriculture, a partnership with the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science, as an inspiring example of Australia's relationship with China in education and science.

During his visit, Dr Spence also met with the Vice-Minister for Agriculture and the President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Professor Li Jiayong, to discuss the project and explore future collaborations.