Recently, Vice President Zhang Hua was invited to lead a delegation to visit Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and Edith Cowan University and Western Sydney University in Australia, accompanied by the leaders of the College of Foreign Languages (CFL).
The delegation first visited Victoria University of Wellington and was received by Rebecca Needham, Assistant Vice Chancellor in charge of international engagement. The two sides reached an agreement on a memorandum of cooperation between the two universities, and discussed student exchange programs (including undergraduate and postgraduate dual degree programs, and summer and winter study tours), teacher exchanges, teacher-student community research projects, and the establishment of Center for New Zealand Studies. Led by Roger Armstrong, the head of International Exchange Office, the delegation visited the school’s teaching facilities, art museum, and student activity center. Founded in 1897, Victoria University of Wellington is one of the oldest universities in New Zealand. As an AACSB and EQUIS accredited member, it ranks 3th among New Zealand universities. In the 2020 QS World University Rankings, the university ranks 215th in the world, with education, English language and literature and performing arts among the top 100. It also has outstanding alumni such as Alan G. MacDiarmid, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry in 2000.
Gift Exchange with Rebecca Needham, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Photo at Victoria University of Wellington
In Australia, the delegation first visited Edith Cowan University. They had a cordial talk with Steve Chapman, Vice-Chancellor, and Wang Wei, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and signed a memorandum on scientific research cooperation between the two universities. Subsequently, the delegation held talks with the Graduate School and the School of Humanities and Arts. The two sides discussed how to carry out plans for scientific research cooperation and closer cooperation in areas like China Scholarship Council program application, Australian literature and cultural studies and joint doctoral programs. The delegation also visited the school’s broadcasting studio, art design center, and other teaching facilities, and met with Sun Haiying, a PhD candidate for the joint doctoral program, and Jin Huifen, a CFL graduate in 2010 who obtained her PhD in education in Edith Cowan University. Our university has more than 20 years of history of cooperation with Edith Cowan University. The two universities have co-organized five Australian Cultural Week activities and signed a joint doctoral program agreement in the first half of this year.
Photo at Edith Cowan University
Memorandum on Scientific Research Cooperation Signed with Edith Cowan University
Photo at Broadcasting Studio
Photo with School of Humanities and Arts Faculty（Sun Haiying, first left; Jin Huifen, first right）
The third stop of the delegation is the Western Sydney University. Professor Peter Hutching, Dean of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, hosted the delegation. The two sides discussed about potential cooperation in undergraduate joint programs, bachelor-master degrees, teacher community research project and Sino-Australian literary and cultural translation. Founded in 1989, Western Sydney University is the firstfederated network university and boasts the largest school network in Australia. Of all the universities in the world, the university is among the top 2%, and its translation courses enjoy a high reputation worldwide. In 1984, a degree course in translation and interpretation was set up, becoming the only degree program in Australia that has been accredited by NAATI for more than 20 years.
Photo at Western Sydney University
Gift Exchange with Prof. Peter Hutching, Dean of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts
As the last stop, the delegation went to the University of Sydney, and visited the School of Education, School of Humanities, library and teaching buildings. They also met up with Wang Zhenhua, a CFL graduate in 2005 who is currently a PhD candidate at the university.
Photo at University of Sydney（Wang Zhenhua, second right）
The eight-day visit of the delegation aims to open up cooperation with universities in New Zealand and Australia, further strengthen ties with existing cooperative universities, and take two-way exchange as a guide to strengthen scientific research cooperation in the humanities.