Western Australia Minister for Education Elizabeth Constable
State Government Secures Closer Links With Chinese Universities
Victor P Taffa
The Western Australia State Government has facilitated several important education agreements between Western Australian and Chinese universities and Colleges.
The agreements were signed today at Parliament House, following the second annual forum of heads of Universities and Colleges from Zhejiang Province in China and heads of WA universities and TAFE colleges, hosted by Education Minister Liz Constable and Dr. Zheng Jiwei, Vice Governor of Zhejiang Province.
Dr. Constable said the visit from the Zhejiang delegation gave WA a great opportunity to illustrate the State’s research, education and training.
“These important agreements will help us to build stronger links with China, which are so important to the WA economy.” the Minister said.
“WA has a 23-year Sister State relationship with Zhejiang, which is leading to increased co-operation in the service industries.”
“Fostering closer educational links will lead to exchanges of ideas on courses and examinations between academic staff; exchanges of research activities; study tours and seminars for academics; and exchanges of undergraduate and post graduate students.” Dr. Constable said.
The Minister witnessed a number of important education agreements between:
- Murdoch University and the Zhejiang University of Technology;
- Murdoch University and the Zhejiang University of Media and Communications;
- Curtin University of Technology and the Zhejiang University of Media and Communications;
- Curtin University of Technology and Zhejiang Normal University.
Forum participants included presidents of seven Zhejiang universities and colleges and other senior government officials.
WA participants included vice chancellors Jeanette Hacket of Curtin University of Technology and Kerry Cox of Edith Cowan University; TAFE College heads Neil Fernades (Central) and Sue Slavin (West Coast); and the heads of the Training and Education Services departments, Dr. Ruth Shean and Richard Strickland.
The forum considered topics including making universities more international; vocational education and training in the two countries; and increasing learning opportunities for domestic and international students.
The Zhejiang delegation will be in Perth for two days and visit a number of universities and TAFE colleges.