MORE opportunities for Chinese students to study abroad will be implemented following a series of recent landmark agreements between the state of Victoria and China. Justin Lim has more.
A recent series of historic agreements were made between the Victorian Government and China, benefiting future Chinese students and further increasing interdependence and cooperation between Australia and China in the international education industry.
Minster for Education James Merlino, Minister for International Education Steve Herbert and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos have been busy in China conducting a series of trade missions for the Victorian government’s China Strategy which aims to promote Victoria’s cultural, economic and personal ties with China and to create jobs and business opportunities.
“Having international students in Victorian schools helps build the intercultural understanding of local students,” Mr Merlino said during his visit to China, who further added that the presence of international students in the state would help support “language learning in schools and better equips our students with the skills they need to succeed both at home and aboard”.
The agreements that have so far been established between the Victorian Government and education institutions both in Victoria and China have included:
- Expanding the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) to students and schools in China: Northcote High School will provide resources, professional learning and mentoring to its Chinese counterparts, who will then deliver the VCE curriculum to Chinese students
- Further opportunities for Chinese students to study in Victoria: Victorian vocational providers Box Hill Institute and William Angliss will collaborate with their Chinese counterparts, Shsun College and the Tourism College of Zhejiang respectively to create more international education opportunities for Chinese students
These agreements mark one of the many international education successes for the state of Victoria; a state that considers international education to be its number one service based export, generating $5.6 billion into the local economy and currently makes up 78 per cent of Australia’s vocational education and training delivery in China.