Go8-C9 赴华学生大使 -国际合作政策项目

20 Jan 2015

简介

澳大利亚教育部向Go8秘书处提供了$100,000澳元的资助,目的是在Go8和C9之间建立和开展一个‘Student Leadership in International Cooperation’ (SLIC) 项目,选拔出来一批澳Go8学生大使访问中国C9大学, 深入了解中国大学和中国留学机会,向教育部和Go8、C9大学提供促进双向学生流动和互动的政策建议。

目的

促进澳大利亚本地学生赴华访问学习,通过澳大利亚本地学生的视野和经验,提供政策建议和点子,以加强中澳大学之间的双向学生流动和合作交流。

项目构架

The SLIC 项目supported two separate groups of Go8 postgraduate students to undertake a two-week visit to C9 universities in China in April 2013. Each student participant was provided with $5,000 for the cost of visiting the C9 universities, which covered airfares, trains, hotel accommodation and other related travel expenses.

Student selection

Each Go8 university set up its own eligibility criteria to select the ideal “student ambassadors”.  There were some essential eligibility requirements/selection criteria for participating students. For instance, the students should:
•    be Australian citizens or permanent residents, and have no established links with China (including through living, studying or working in China);
•    be enrolled in a research degree at a Go8 university;
•    have strong communication and interpersonal/social skills, especially in an international setting;  
(e.g. can communicate in English clearly, and have awareness and respect about other cultures, etc);
•    be team players;
•    have leadership skills; and
•    be innovative and creative
(Note: Chinese language proficiency was not required)

Number of participants

here were 13 Go8 PhD students participating in the Project.  Two student ambassadors were selected from each Go8 institution, except The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Monash University.  Only one eligible student nomination was made by UWA, and there was no Monash student participating in the Project.

C9 Universities participants visited

Group A visited five C9 institutions/four cities:  Shanghai, Xi’an, Hefei, and Nanjing
•    Shanghai Jiao Tong University
•    Fudan University
•    Xi’an Jiaotong University
•    University of Science and technology China
•    Nanjing University

Group B visited four C9 institutions/four cities: Beijing, Harbin, Hangzhou, and Shanghai
•    Peking University
•    Tsinghua University
•    Harbin Institute of Technology
•    Zhejiang University

Key Project outcomes

Awareness and opportunities

SLIC Participants have increased their knowledge and awareness about Chinese universities. They have also recognized many opportunities and advantages of studying in China. Here is a list of their findings and aspects that they think are highly attractive for Australian students:  
•    C9 universities are quality universities with world-class facilities and large scale resources;
•    C9 universities have very strong research laboratories – particularly in relation to technology and engineering;
•    C9 universities are very interested in Australian students coming to study in China;
•    C9 universities offer Chinese languages courses (e.g. Asia literacy as a career selling point – Asian Century);
•    A range of courses are conducted in English at the C9 universities(programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels);
•    Strong international collaborations are already in place, with opportunities for many students to undertake at least short term exchanges, to attend conferences or meetings, and summer research exchange programs. (The majority of Chinese local students seemed mostly interested in undertaking exchanges or further studies in the USA or UK, and few were as aware of what Australian universities had to offer.) ;
•    Scholarships and funding are available. For instance, International PhD scholarships are funded by the Chinese central and provincial governments, covering tuition fees and accommodation. (e.g. China Scholarship Council and institutional scholarships);
•    Individual departments and laboratories are generally well funded;
•    Good student facilities and vibrant campus lifestyle:
     o    International Student Centres
     o    Strong campus culture
     o    Many facilities and funded associations for student life, including activities/tours specifically for international students, sporting facilities, and university theatres
     o    Very affordable tuition fees and living costs, including on-campus accommodation and subsidized canteens (food outlets, with meal card system)
     o     “Buddy” programs
•    Travel opportunities in China and Asia (plenty of historical and cultural sites to visit)

Challenges and issues

SLIC Participants have also identified and recognised a number of challenges and issues to mobilize Australian students to visit and study in China, including lack of awareness of opportunities at Chinese universities, limited access to centralised information, and cultural adaptation and support.

Policy recommendations

SLIC Participants have made a number of policy recommendations to promote outbound student mobility by SLIC Participants:

•    Promotion and preparation strategies 
Increasing awareness of the opportunities available at Chinese universities amongst Australian students and academics by establishing centralised information:
Promote  a central handbook/ website including information such as
    o    CUCAS – China’s University and College Admission System
    o    CSC – China Scholarship Council
    o    An introduction to China via short seminars for Australian exchange students (this is one of the most repeated suggestions made by Australian exchange students)
    o    Initiate a roadshow of C9 universities to visit the Go8 universities
    o    Promote opportunities at different stages of education e.g. High school, Bachelor, PhD
    o    Market the world-class staff and research facilities at C9 universities
    o    Emphasise that Chinese literacy in the age of “Asian Century” will place students at an advantage in the globally connected job market in the short and long-term.
    o    Student Mentorship (providing information and advice)
    o    Highlight and focus on opportunities for Short Courses and Summer Programs as an entry point (e.g. Language and cultural experience programs)
    o    HIT Modern China Cult

ure Exchange – 1 week cultural experience with two fully-paid student places from each Go8 University available

•    Conferences and Networking channels
    o    Specialised forums to connect professors ;
    o    Postgraduate International conferences(e.g. ADIC – Asian Doctoral Innovation Conference);
    o    Regular joint meetings of Go8/C9 International Directors and DVCs Research/International, and connecting Go8 Global Mobility offices with the C9 International offices;
    o    Student Associations linkages

•    Institutional support and formal research agreements
Australian exchange students need to be aware of the bureaucratic processes of studying in China. Suggested mechanisms for aiding the exchange process:
   o    Dean visits
   o    Laboratory sharing
   o    Academic contacts
   o    Duty of care and embassy support

•    Suggested priorities for government/university funding and support

   o    summer school programs
   o    short-term research exchanges
   o    for Australia’s research priority areas to be conducted in China
   o    for Australian students to study Asian languages  and improve their cultural awareness of China/Asia
   o    Maintaining funding for the Go8-C9 SLIC project in 2014


•    Academic program development and research collaboration
   o    Work with the C9 universities to develop courses taught in English for a variety of disciplines (e.g. joint teaching, and more English friendly university websites for courses information);
   o    Develop joint research centres at Chinese universities between Go8-C9 members;
   o    Take advantage of research expertise at C9 universities to help further Australian research priority areas.

•    Other
   o    Establish a Go8-C9 PhD Candidates advisory group from SLIC participants

Conclusion

SLIC Participants suggested this successful program was beneficial for them on an academic, professional and personal level. The program offered great insight into the Chinese way of life and showcased the C9 institutions as world-class research facilities.  The students gained good understanding of the quality of education and research, types of programs offered, campus lifestyles, and facilities available at different Chinese universities, as well as the opportunities/challenges for Australian students and academics. The SLIC Participants returned to Australia with enhanced awareness about China and the value in international collaboration, and provided well-supported policy recommendations and proposals to encourage Australian students to undertake all or part of their studies in China. They indicated that they were keen to make further contributions to promoting Australian student outbound mobility at their universities by sharing their stories and insights with fellow students and university student mobility offices.  

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