A unique partnership is giving Murdoch University students a head start in their careers.
The University has signed an agreement with the Western Australian Chinese Chamber of Commerce which enables students majoring in Chinese Business to undertake internships at the Chamber and its member organisations.
The agreement gives the students professional experience – and crucially, a foot in the door at some of Australia’s leading corporations.
More than 20 students have already completed internships and all have secured permanent employment within six months of graduation – half of them with Chamber members.
Dr Loong Wong, coordinator of the Chinese Business Studies program at Murdoch Business School, said: “Murdoch was the first university in Australia to offer a Chinese Business major. Our students benefit from the university’s big-picture focus on the economic integration between China and Australia.
“The internships give our students invaluable opportunities to develop work-based skills and as a result they are highly sought after in the job market.”
The Chinese Business Major enables students to spend a semester in China, where they gain first hand experience of the country and its culture, and have the chance to learn Mandarin.
Rio Tinto is a major supporter of the degree, contributing scholarships worth $24,000 in 2012.