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广东商学院副校长雍和明教授在中澳名校战略联盟发布会上的讲话

广东商学院副校长雍和明教授在中澳名校战略联盟发布会上的讲话(外事处杨蒙处长代读)

 

Ms Liu, Bing Consul (Commercial/Trade Communication of Australia Consulate General Guangzhou)

Dr Katherine Su,

David Nie,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

Good afternoon. I am just back from a trip to Australia, and now am most happy and excited to meet some of the friends again at this grand function. Can I, first of all, extend our warmest regards to our honorable friends from Australia, to our friends and colleagues from different parts of China, and our great thanks to Catherine and her team, who have been working very hard to make this wonderful event possible, and to David, who has been always supportive behind Kate. We have an old Chinese saying: every successful man has a nice woman behind him. And we now know a successful woman may also have a nice man behind her.

 

For long, people have been talking and debating about globalization, a process of interaction and integration among the people and organizations from different national and cultural backgrounds through a global network of political, social and economic ideas. For thousands of years, people—and, later, corporations—have been buying from and selling to each other in lands at great distances, such as through the well-known Silk Road across Central Asia that connected China and Europe during the Middle Ages.

 

Globalization in the current age has exercised far-reaching impacts on the environment, on culture, on political systems, on economic development and prosperity, and on human physical well-being in societies around the world. It has, to an increasing extent, affected the educational sphere as well. Although student mobility and educational services provided across borders took place long ago, substantial accomplishments have been achieved only over the past few decades. In China, students started to go overseas in large numbers for further education only in the 1980s, and more and more students are going out of and coming into China for tertiary education, for Chinese language programs, and for China-specific programs, such as Chinese medicine.

 

Guangdong University of Business Studies is one of the key institutions of higher learning in GuangdongProvince and has approximately 23,000 students studying undergraduate and graduate programs in economics, management, law, language and literature, and science and engineering. As part of international engagement strategies, our university started to launch and conduct inter-university exchange programs in the 1990s, and so far stable and constructive ties have been established with over 30 institutions of higher learning in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Student and staff exchanges have been conducted between our university and our counterparts overseas on a regular and progressive basis. It is the university’s vision to make our staff more internationally minded, our students more internationally exposed, and our programs more internationally oriented.

 

As I have indicated above, I headed a delegation to the Philippines, Singapore and Australia. In addition to their thoughtful arrangements for our visit and hospitality towards our delegation, we were especially impressed by their amicable campus, high-caliber teaching staff and academic teams, excellent quality of teaching, learning and research, and admirable facilities provided for educational purposes. A package of cooperation and exchange program agreements were signed during our visit. Up to now, we have established and forged our quite fruitful relations with MurdochUniversity and CurtinUniversity. Our partnership arrangements cover a wide range of disciplines, including business, economics, management, law, information science, media and communications, and so on. Now 1+1, 1+1+1, 1+2, 2+2, 3+1.5 programs are well under way. We also signed the MOU with the University of Wollongong, and we anticipate that new relations and programs will prosper and benefit both Chinese and Australian students and institutions.

 

It is our firm commitment that we should work more closely, effectively and efficiently towards our expected goals for cooperation and exchanges between our university and Australian institutions of higher learning, especially in areas of student and staff exchanges, short term training and internship, and academic promotion. We will work with greater wisdom and flexibility to provide opportunities for our students and their counterparts in Australia to have a more diversified social and educational experience in both countries and build stronger strategic relationships with Australian universities.

 

As Vice Chancellor Professor Gary Martin said, “The key to engagement with Chinese universities is the development of mutual relationships at all levels. It is not simply enough to have agreements signed by the respective vice chancellors of universities. There needs to be engagement of academic and general staff at all levels of the university if these relationships are to deliver benefits for both universities.” This is what we will do and what we expect.

 

Finally, our special thanks to Kate and David again, for their organizing this grand occasion, and to Lianne, Kevin and John and other Australian friends, who have come for a better understanding of China and Chinese educational system and a better tomorrow for Sino-Australia cooperation and friendship, and to our international team headed by Professor Yang Meng and Dr Chen Yongjun, who have been working tirelessly to achieve our desired goals.

 

Thanks to you all.

 

 

广东商学院对发布会的报道:http://is.gdcc.edu.cn/index.aspx?menuid=21&type=articleinfo&lanmuid=43&infoid=1044&language=cn 

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