On 20 July, 2018, ACIAC had a welcome reception for its first cohort of Master of Chinese Cultural Relations students. At the reception, the students introduced themselves to the staff members of the Institute. ACIAC’s founding Director, Professor Jocelyn Chey, spoke to the students about the history of the program and the Institute’s expectations. Professor Labao Wang spoke on behalf of the Institute to extend our warmest welcome to the students and encouraged them to work to achieve their goals at Western Sydney University. Dr Xiang (Tony) Ren, the course advisor, congratulated the students on the opportunity to come and study at ACIAC and spoke about the program’s post-orientation timeline and challenges. Research fellow Dr Kiu-wai Chu, Executive Assistant Lindsay Liu and Receptionist Teresa Garbo also introduced themselves and gave the students their welcome message.
The Master of Chinese Cultural Relations is the first of its kind in the country. This distinctive program was set up to help facilitate future arts and cultural exchange between Australia and China by offering professional training to people with an interest in serving the numerous cultural organizations and government departments. The first group of ACIAC’s Master of Chinese Cultural Relations students are a mixture of domestic and international students. Rui Dou, Wenqian Xia, Chuanqian Zhao, Yan Xiong, Tian Zhang and Ljiljana Petkovic come from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds. They had finished their University orientation and course briefing with course advisor on the same day, and would begin their studies the following week. We hope they enjoy their studies at Western Sydney University, and wish them all the success in this challenging and rewarding program!