”I would like to study at Monash in Australia,” the transport engineering student at the university said. ”There are scholarships we can apply for. Otherwise it is too expensive for me.”
The graduate school is only the third foreign university in China and is a joint venture with Southeast University. It will be home to an initial 1500 masters and PhD students from China when the 50,000 square metre campus is fully-completed in February.
”We are apprehensive because we are the first students at the university,” Mr Gao said. ”But the reputation of Monash is good.” ”There’s layer upon layer to get a licence like this,” Professor Ed Byrne said. ”It’s an intensely competitive process.”
Suzhou, in Jiangsu province, a sister state of Victoria, is home to a fast-growing technology hub. China is Victoria’s largest source of international students, with almost 35,000 enrolled across the state.
Professor Byrne said the increased two-way traffic of high-quality tertiary students between the two countries would promote understanding and see business opportunities between the two countries improve, and was a big step towards the university’s ambition to break into the top 30 of the global university rankings.
”For us, this is the largest project we’ve ever undertaken,” Professor Byrne said. ”A link like this in China is a game-changer.”
The other foreign universities in China are the University of Liverpool and the University of Nottingham. American universities New York University and Duke University are expected to receive approval for campuses to operate in Shanghai and Guangzhou. Premier Ted Baillieu, who is leading a delegation on a trade mission to China, said: ”This partnership between world-class universities is testament to Victoria’s commitment to education collaboration and global engagement.” (Sydney Morning Herald)