Donation to help University deepen cultural connections with China

Barney Glover and Mr Li

Vice- Chancellor Barney Glover and Mr Sam Li

Businessman Mr Jingyuan (Sam) Li has donated $30,000 to Western Sydney University to establish a prestigious research scholarship for students of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as academic prizes for undergraduate students studying Chinese.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover says the University is very pleased to have Mr Li's support.

"On behalf of the University community, I thank Mr Li for his generosity and commitment to Western Sydney University," says Professor Glover.

"Mr Li's donation will help us strengthen our connections with China, provide new educational opportunities for our students to study and deepen their understanding of Chinese language, medicine and culture."

Mr Li is interested in encouraging academic excellence in the Chinese language course taught by the University's School of Humanities and Communication Arts, as well as contributing to the strengthening of research into Chinese medicine at the National Institute for Complementary Medicine (NICM), which is hosted by the University.
 
The $10,000 Master of Research scholarship in Chinese Medicine will be awarded on a competitive basis to a scholar to undertake a research masters degree within the National Institute for Complementary Medicine (NICM), which is hosted by the University.
 
Meanwhile, a $20,000 endowment will fund two annual prizes for the School of Humanities and Communication Arts to recognise the most outstanding performances in the Chinese major within the Bachelor of Arts.

Mr Li is the Director of Gao Xun Ba Ling Telecom Pty Ltd. Gao Xun Ba Ling is a comprehensive privately owned enterprise that integrates all aspects of Telecom products, including design, research and development and manufacturing.

Dignitaries with Mr Li

From left to right: Professor Yi-Chen Lan, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Peter Hutchings, Dean, School of Humanities and Communication Arts; The Hon. Dr Helen Sham-Ho OAM; Professor Alan Bensoussan, Director, National Institute for Complementary Medicine; Professor Barney Glover, Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor; Jinguang (Sam) Li; Mr Wenwu Liu, Vice-Consul Education Office, Consulate–General of China in Sydney; Sally Chen. 

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18 February 2015

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