Murdoch’s Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Gary Martin, said the agreements signified a commitment to enhance and develop the existing partnership beyond student programs to include academic staff exchange and research.
“The sister university agreements form part of a broader China engagement strategy to raise the University’s profile in China and provide mutual educational, cultural, and economic benefit to Murdoch, its partners and the wider community,” Professor Martin said.
Professor Martin said that as a result of Chinese partnerships, Murdoch expected incoming student numbers from China to reach at least 200 to 300 per year by 2012.
“We seek to provide quality learning opportunities for students in China, allowing them to complete part of their qualifications overseas,” he said.
“The international exposure gained through a Murdoch program will enhance their potential in a highly competitive job market.”
“These sister university relationships also provide opportunities for Murdoch students to participate in international exchange and gain a first-hand understanding about China – Australia’s largest trading partner.”
Murdoch University now has a total of three sister university agreements with Chinese universities. An agreement was also signed with Zhejiang University of Technology in May last year and a fourth is planned with the Shenyang Institute of Engineering.
GUBS is located in the Guangdong Province and has a student population of more than 17,000 studying a variety of disciplines. NWUPL is a law institution with more than 15,000 students.
While in China, Professor Gary Martin and Murdoch’s Senior Relationship Manager (China), Pearl Chua, also visited Guangzhou University to discuss a staff mentoring program and met with the Murdoch MBA Alumni in China.