Western Sydney University signs MOU with Qiao Ban

Qiao Ban and Western U signing ceremony

Western Sydney University is the first Australian university to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council (Qiao Ban) which will encourage greater understanding of Chinese culture.

The MOU aims to provide initiatives including student exchanges, joint degree programs and research cooperation.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Academic), Professor Denise Kirkpatrick says the agreement will assist in continuing the University's connection with Chinese culture.

"Western Sydney University has a proud history in providing the study of Chinese language and research in bilingualism. This is a wonderful opportunity to build initiatives that promote Chinese language and culture," says Professor Kirkpatrick.

Director General of the Qiao Ban, Mr Lei Zhengang, says the agreement with the University also has wider implications.

"This MOU represents the Qiao Ban's commitment to supporting the growth of not only Chinese culture, but all cultures," says Mr Lei.

Also present at the signing was Josephine Lam, President of the Australian Fujian Association, who has been a great supporter of opportunities for cross-cultural exchange.

Following the signing ceremony delegates from the Qiao Ban toured Western Sydney University's Parramatta campus.


7 October 2015

Photo: Sally Tsoutas

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