Chinese students welcomed from Zhejiang University

August 5, 2010

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Murdoch University recently hosted a 10 day study tour for 30 Chinese students and their four teachers.

The students are all from Western Australia’s sister state in China, Zhejiang Province, and were welcomed to South Street campus.

Murdoch Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Gary Martin said the visit was part of a sister university agreement between Murdoch and the Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT) which was signed on May 6 in the presence of Dr Elizabeth Constable, Minister for Education; Tourism.

“Under our sister university agreement, our institutions will collaborate in a number of areas including student exchange, research activities and in the development of collaborative course delivery,” Professor Martin said.

During the visit the students engaged in study programs in the areas of Biology, Arts and Communication and participated in a wide range of educational and cultural activities.

“The students had the opportunity to become part of the Murdoch student community as well as experience education in an Australian context,” Professor Martin said.

“They also gained a wider understanding of Australian culture through visits to Perth and Fremantle heritage sites and participated in an Aboriginal cultural experience,” he said.

Professor Martin said that study tours were likely to become an annual event in the Murdoch and ZJUT calendars and he looked forward to welcoming future groups to campus.

“Murdoch has now become ZJUT’s overseas base for student visits so people within the local community can expect to see students from Zhejiang out and about in the community as they learn about living in Western Australia,” Professor Martin said.

“We are also working with ZJUT to develop a similar study tour which would see our own students travel to China for an educational and cultural experience,” he said.

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