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Future Leaders Program China visit

Date posted: Wednesday 19 Dec 2012

Participants in the 2012 Swinburne University of Technology Future Leaders Program have returned from a two-week tour of China.

The Future Leaders Program is a multi-disciplinary tour to China that provides high-achieving students with the chance to experience different cultures, explore international career opportunities, and enhance their leadership potential.

Tour academic leader, Murray Rees, from Swinburne's Faculty of Business and Enterprise, said 32 students were selected from the university's Business, Design, Engineering and Science faculties for the tour.

"This year's participants were given an exciting opportunity to explore leadership concepts in an international context," Mr Rees said.

"Activities included industry visits, seminars and meetings with government officials plus cultural excursions."

The industry tours and site visits were to a range of companies and government agencies with a combination of both Australian and Asian interests. Among the industries that they visited were Baosteel, Lenova, 3M, IBM and Faurecia.

The students also had a chance to visit cultural sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City and the Shanghai City Planning Museum.

Mr Rees said the students involved in this year's tour would acquire a greater global awareness of socioeconomic and cultural differences, particularly between Eastern and Western cultures.

"They will develop entrepreneurial thinking in relation to working in partnership with China and Asia in general, and gain the ability to recognise international opportunities in economic and social contexts," Mr Rees said.

"They will also develop knowledge of international networks and the practice of networking, and discover the traits, qualities and values necessary for international leadership.

"The tour had something for every student regardless of their discipline."

The students were also met in each Chinese city that they visited by Swinburne alumni, who spoke about the challenges and opportunities of living and working in China.

In 2012, Swinburne was promoted into the world's top 400 universities in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Swinburne is now ranked equal tenth among Australian universities and third within Victoria.

Swinburne has also been named in the top 400 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-2012 and top 500 by the QS World University Rankings 2012.

The Future Leaders Program is designed for high-achieving students and participation is based on a competitive selection process.



Shelley Markham
Department: Corporate and Government Affairs
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