Australia-China collaborate on degrees
Date posted: Friday 8 Jul 2011
A delegation from the China-based Hubei University of Economics (HUE) visited Swinburne today to discuss ways to strengthen the relationship between the two institutions.
The two universities are in the final stages of implementing a new collaborative education project which will allow students studying at HUE to undertake Swinburne TAFE qualifications that will provide an entry pathway to bachelor degree studies in Melbourne.
The new programs will commence at the end of 2011.
According to Jeffrey Smart Vice-President (International and Development) at Swinburne, students will undertake a combination of studies in English and a business TAFE diploma in China, and then articulate into a business or commerce degree at Swinburne.
Swinburne staff will travel to China each semester to deliver the Swinburne curriculum, and provide professional development opportunities for HUE staff.
“This model would combine the best elements of a Chinese and an Australian education,” he said.
“It would allow us to learn from each other to the mutual benefit of both HUE and Swinburne, as well as our students and staff.”
At the end of the visit Mr Smart thanked the HUE delegates, led by Vice-President Professor Zhang Fengin, for coming to Swinburne and sharing their expertise.
“Swinburne is committed to developing its international partnerships as a basis for knowledge and cultural exchange.
“China’s education system is internationally renowned and I believe there are many opportunities to expand our partnership with HUE to meet the needs of both our nations.
"Swinburne is keen to continue to grow our relationship further.”
The HUE delegates visited Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus on Friday 8 July 2011.