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Partnership between Gippsland and China continues to blossom


Seven Jiangnan University students will complete the final two years of their business and commerce degrees at Monash University’s Churchill campus, courtesy of a successful, longstanding partnership between the two tertiary institutions.

The group were presented with Monash University Gippsland Accommodation Bursaries in Wuxi, China recently by Professor Terri Joiner, Head of the School of Business and Economics at the Gippsland campus and Maxine Bradshaw, the School’s Director of Global and Regional Engagement.

Prof Joiner said the students were elated to receive their award, which will provide significant financial assistance when they arrive in Australia in July to complete their final two years of the Monash University degree Bachelor of Business and Commerce.

“The success of this student pathway program has been largely due to the close integration of the students with our local community. The friendship program, work placement program, volunteer, leadership and sports programs in the local community help develop work-ready, confident global citizens of the world. The strong support provided in residence as well as the on-campus personalised study support further ensures learning success,” Prof Joiner said.

“International students have also indicated a very high level of satisfaction studying and living on campus at Churchill, with a significant number planning to apply for permanent residence with the hope of living and working in regional Australia.”

The students arriving on 16 July will join 37 current Business students originally from Jiangnan University Wuxi China who currently live on campus.

Prof Joiner said Monash University Gippsland had enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Jiangnan University, resulting in 170 students graduating, with an additional 22 students to graduate in July 25, 2013.

In addition, academic staff exchanges have resulted in sharing of knowledge and work practices which has built academic capacity on both sides of the relationship.

Currently two Chinese academics, Associate Professor Jiang Liqin (Lily) and Ms Wang Minqin (Maggie) – both lecturers in Economics and researchers in tourism – are visiting the campus for two weeks and living in Churchill in home-stay accommodation.

Prof Joiner said both were impressed with the campus’s teaching methods, the support and the individualised care given to students, coupled with the quality research in a number of areas. Associate Professor Jiang Liqin said: “Students have many opportunities here at Gippsland;

furthermore I’m delighted to see the growth in personal development and confidence of these students from when they lived China.”

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