Beijing, People's Republic of China
The inaugural University of Sydney Presentation Ceremony was held in Beijing, China in 2005. Since 2006, the University's graduation ceremonies in China have been an annual event, shared between Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
Details and photos of some Beijing ceremonies appear below: 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011
A presentation ceremony for University of Sydney graduates was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday 2 September 2005. This was the first time ever that any university in the world had been granted the honour of staging such a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People.
Graduates from ten different faculties, most of whom were resident in China, participated in this ceremony for graduates and their families. More than 1400 people attended the historic occasion.
The Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Justice Kim Santow received over 300 students and the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Gavin Brown, delivered the occasional address.
Among the many senior Chinese government officials and dignitaries attending the ceremony were:
- Mr Zhang Xinsheng, the Vice-Minister of Education, and Chair of the China Scholarship Council
- Mr Jiang Bo, Secretary-General, China Education Association for International Exchange
- Mr Cen Jianjun, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Exchange and Cooperation, Ministry of Education
- Mr Li Jiange,Vice-Minister, Development Research Centre of the State Council
- Ms Zhao Shaohua,Vice-Chairwoman, All-China Women’s Federation and
- Ms Zhang Xiuqin, Secretary-General, China Scholarship Council.
“This is an extremely significant event for the University of Sydney,” said Professor Gavin Brown. “It is an enormous honour which has been accorded to the University by the Chinese government and the government of Beijing."
“This ceremony also underlines our commitment to excellence. After more than 150 years we are striving hard to make improvements and to adapt to a changing world. An important part of that changing world is the development of China and the way in which the great universities in China are moving forward with great strides,” Professor Brown said.
The University of Sydney has a strong commitment to China and has more than 3,000 students from China studying in Australia.
It also has a number of high level cooperative agreements with some of the great universities in China and is engaged in joint projects with Peking University, Tsing-hua University, Nanjing University, Fudan University and Shanghai Jiao Tong.
“We are learning from each other in research and teaching, in nanotechnology, in law and business, in public health, in education and many other fields,” Professor Brown said. “Strong universities are fundamental for the progress and well-being of every nation, as well as playing a vital role in promoting international understanding and cooperation.”
From 'University of Sydney News', 5 September 2005, and Senate records
The University's 2007 Beijing graduation ceremony was held on Saturday 10 November 2007, with an Alumni Reunion Reception held in association with Graduation Ceremony on the same day.
The University held a Graduation Ceremony at 2.00pm in Beijing, China on 14 November 2009.
The Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence presented the occasional address at the ceremony.
The University's 2011 graduation ceremony was held in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Beijing on 22 October 2011, where the Chancellor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO presented the degrees and the Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence delivered his address in Chinese, drawing applause from the students, their parents and relatives.
Read about the ceremony and the visit to China.
Read the Vice-Chancellor's address.