International exchange scholarship introduces UWS students to China

Fujian scholarship students 

Eighteen University of Western Sydney students will travel to Fujian province on December 2 for a two-week cultural immersion course funded by philanthropist Josephine Lam and the Chinese government through the Australia-China Bridging Scholarship Program.

The students received their awards at the UWS-hosted Go Global Awards ceremony held at the UWS Parramatta campus on Tuesday, November 25 where they joined more than 200 students who were recognised for taking part in international exchange and mobility experiences.

The Australia-China Bridging Scholarship Program funds up to 20 scholarships each year for students to travel to China to complete short-term course organised by the Australian Fujian Association, Chinese Language and Culture Foundation of China and Huaqiao University in Xiamen, Fujian province.

During their stay, students will be introduced to Chinese language, business and trading opportunities between China and Australia, Chinese business management and Chinese contemporary development and culture study.

Chairman of the Australia China Parliamentary Friendship Group, The Hon. Philip Ruddock, MP offered his congratulations to UWS and the students.

"Such exchanges are important on many levels – they foster personal growth while also enhancing international understanding and cooperation," he said.

"If I were asked to sum up my feelings about these wonderful exchange opportunities in one simple phrase, I would say 'meet a stranger, make a friend.'

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25 November 2014

Lyndell Danninger, Media Officer

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