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亚澳商学院院庆十周年澳大利亚维多利亚大学校长伊丽莎白·哈曼教授讲话

           

 

 

Director-General Zhang, Deputy Director-General Yu, President Cheng, Chancellor Foggo,
Shee an shung men, new sher men. Da geeah how!

It is a pleasure to be here today on this the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the partnership between Liaoning and Victoria Universities.

We are proud of the success of our partnership which began in 1999 with the establishment of the Asia Australia Business College (AABC), jointly run by our two universities. Our program here is the largest of VU’s programs in China. It is amongst the largest of all the programs delivered by Australian Universities in China.

Indeed, VU was one of the first Australian universities to deliver programs in China in a regional city such as Shenyang, making us pioneers in this regard.

The current dual sector program delivered in conjunction with Liaoning sees students undertake one year of English language training, one year of a TAFE Business Diploma and then the final two years of a Bachelor of Business degree. Since its inception, the program has most definitely thrived. It started with an intake of around 70 students in 1999 and has now grown to 450 students chosen from a pool of 1500 applicants. At any one time, there are 2000 students in the program at Shenyang and another 1000 at VU in Melbourne.

During the past ten years, VU and Liaoning have given many hundreds of students a very sound introduction to tertiary education.

Today, ten years on, the partnership has lead to a growing range of joint activities, including research around learning in the workplace and community (LiWC).

I would like to take the opportunity today to acknowledge some of the founders of the program who have helped build the special relationship of which we are all so proud.

The first person I must thank is Liaoning University’s President Cheng Wei. President Cheng was active in founding the AABC and the programs taught therein.

Professor Cheng has long been committed to promoting the exchange of ideas, people, and products across national borders.

Indeed, President Cheng played a crucial role in gaining Central and Liaoning Provincial Government support for approval of the program. Since its inception, he has given ongoing leadership and support for the growth of the AABC. This support has allowed the program to thrive.

Such is the success of the program that in meetings that I have had with senior officials in the Central Ministry of Education and the Australian Embassy, the VU program at Liaoning has been identified as an example of Best Practice between Australian and Chinese universities. The Ministry in particular values the significant involvement of overseas staff in teaching and our emphasis on academic quality.

This owes much to Professor Cheng's vision of founding a program that combines quality and academic cooperation, and we are greatly in his debt for its success.

In addition to the work of President Cheng is that of Professor Yang, the first Dean of the AABC. Professor Yang laid the foundations for the operations of the College. In doing so, he paid special attention to maintaining a high level of quality teaching and student services at the College. We greatly value his years of service.

As well as the work of President Cheng and Professor Yang, I would also like to acknowledge Professor Zhou, formerly the Deputy Dean of AABC, who has led the College since Professor Yang’s retirement in 2004.

Finally, I must acknowledge Mr Charles Sun. Mr Sun, from China Education International, was VU and Liaoning’s matchmaker. It was Mr Sun who first introduced our two institutions to each other and he continues to work with us on supporting the program. For this, we are most grateful.

Teachers from the early days of the joint program have many interesting stories and some funny anecdotes to report, but on one issue, they are all agreed. The cooperation and steady support given by President Cheng, Prof Yang, Prof Zhou, and Mr Sun has been superb. Together with support from the AABC staff, this has made the teaching experience for VU staff a rich and rewarding one. Visiting VU teachers leave the AABC with fond memories of their students, and many are fortunate to meet these students again on return teaching assignments at the AABC or at VU in Melbourne.

The program has offered a decade of educational and social exchange opportunities for staff. In July each year, staff come together at the Enriching Partnership Conference where they review the program, and exchange approaches to quality teaching and learning. There are opportunities for teachers to learn from one another through peer observations, Professional Development, and joint research. Through this varied activity over a decade of exchange, collegial friendships have been formed that will last a lifetime. This symbiotic relationship, from which everyone has gained, is a tribute to the success of the partnership between Liaoning and VU.

VU champions of the program have included Margaret Jackson, Robert Sims, Helen Yang, Steph Ellis, Nadia Chighine, Gil Davidson, Sue Stafford, Danielle Horvath, and Leah Dewar. Several of the staff who delivered the first programs, such as George Hall and Ron Lipson, are still delivering the current program to Liaoning students ten years on.

With growing student numbers seeking to enrol, I am sure the program will carry on for the next decade at the very least.

Indeed, the future of VU's relationship with LU is most surely bright. Application trends suggest that VU programs now offered at LU will remain in high demand in coming years. There is a current application ratio of three applicants to every one successful applicant accepted into the program.

VU and LU hope to maintain this strong demand for the programs, and incrementally grow enrolments in the future. Indeed, the current trend over the last 3 years has seen growth in the number of students studying VU programs at the AABC average 16%.

The possible addition of VU's Bachelor of Business (Logistics) to the suite of VU Bachelor programs now offered will no doubt increase enrolments. We look forward to future approval of this program by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

All VU programs at LU will undergo some change in future years with the implementation of LiWC. This will enrich student learning through greater links between theory and application in realistic workplace and community contexts. This improves students’ career readiness. It encourages staff to build creative and innovative approaches to learning, teaching, and relationship building. It builds teamwork, knowledge sharing, and engagement with industry and community stakeholders.

In addition to the implementation of LiWC, both VU and Liaoning look forward to forging closer ties in the strategic management of programs delivered at the AABC. Liaoning and VU are looking to set up a high-level joint-advisory committee of senior University staff of both institutions. This joint-advisory committee will meet yearly. It will discuss the strategic needs of the partnership and consider future proposals for development of the relationship. This will include the delivery of new programs and the fiscal oversight of existing programs.

In future years, VU also hopes that it may be possible to send a study tour of VU students to Liaoning to study Mandarin and learn of the richness of North-eastern China's cultural traditions, which is always so evident when I visit Shenyang.

Let me say once again how happy we are to have the opportunity to celebrate here today and wish all the leaders and staff at Liaoning great prosperity in the future.

Gong shee Gong shee!
[Meaning (ie not ot be read): Congratulations!]

 

 
    

辽宁省教育厅张树森副厅长,教育部于继海副司长,程校长,福戈校长,

先生们,女士们,大家好!

  很高兴今天能出席维多利亚大学与辽宁大学合作办学10周年庆典活动。亚澳商学院成立于1999年,由我们两所大学合作办学。亚澳商学院是维大在中国规模最大的办学项目,也是澳大利亚在中国办学中规模最大的项目之一。我们为此感到骄傲。实际上,维大也是第一个提供在中国在地区城市如沈阳合作办学的澳大利亚大学之一。我们在这方面是先驱者。

    目前由项目中的一方—辽宁大学负责对学生进行了一年的英语语言培训,一年的商科大专培训,然后最后两年进行商科学士学位课程培训。自成立以来,这个项目不断成长壮大。由1999年录取70名学生,现已成长为一年录取450名学生,每年报考人数达1500人。目前项目中共有2000名学生在沈阳就读, 另有1000名学生在墨尔本就读。

    在过去的十年中,辽大和维大给数以千计的学生提供了可靠的高等教育途径。十年以来,我们的合作活动范围不断扩大 ,已经延伸到进行学生在社会实践中学习的合作研究(LiWC)。

    我想借此机会感谢这个项目的各位创始人,是在他们的帮助之下才有了今天我们引以为傲的这种合作关系。

    首先,我要感谢的是辽宁大学校长程伟。他对于亚澳商学院的成立及整个现目的管理起到了积极的作用。程校长长期以来一直致力于促进跨国之间的思想交流、人员交流、产品交流等要素交流。实际上, 程校长在获得中央和辽宁省政府对该项目的批准方面起了至关重要的作用。从引进项目以来,他一直领导和支持亚澳商学院的不断发展。这种支持使得亚澳得以茁壮成长。在我参加中国国家教育部和澳大利亚大使馆召开的会议上,维大在辽宁的项目已被列为中澳大学合作的优秀范例。教育部部长尤其高度评价了我们派往海外教师参与教学、重视学术质量的做法。这在很大程度上要归功于程校长创建亚澳时基于高质量和学术合作的理念,我们的成功应归功于他。

    这个项目除了要感谢程校长之外,还要感谢亚澳的第一任院长杨其乡教授。杨教授致力于高质量的教学和为学生提供良好的服务。我们非常感谢他多年来的辛勤贡献。除了程校长、杨教授,我还要感谢周洁教授,亚澳前副院长、现任院长,2004年杨院长退休后,她一直领导亚澳至今。

    最后,我必须感谢孙查理先生。孙先生从中国教育国际化的角度出发联系维大和辽大。孙先生是第一个让我们两校结识,并继续和我们一起工作,支持整个项目工作的人。为此,我们很感激。

    合作办学创办之初的维大老师们都能记起许多有趣的故事和轶事,但有一点是大家都一致认可的,程校长、杨教授、周教授和孙先生所给与的合作和坚定支持是杰出的。在亚澳商学院教职员工的协助下,来这里授课的维大教师都获得了一段丰富而值得回味的教学经历。来授课的维大教师都是带着对他们学生的温馨回忆离开这里的,其中有些教师有幸在他们重返亚澳授课时或在墨尔本的维大校园又与这些学生重逢。

    这个项目已经为教师们提供了十年的培训和社会交流的机会。在每年的7月,教师们聚到一起参加强化合作关系会议,他们复审这个项目并交流提高教与学的方法。教师可以有机会通过相互观察、专业设计和联合研究来彼此学习。通过十年的多种交流活动,同事间的友谊已经形成并将持续终生。每个人所获得的这种共生关系就是辽大和维大之间成功合作的丰硕成果。

    维大方面在这个项目中的佼佼者包括:Margaret Jackson, Robert Sims, Helen Yang, Steph Ellis, Nadia  Chighine, Gil Davidson, Sue Stafford, Danielle Horvath, and Leah Dewar.像 George Hall 和Ron Lipson是项目创办之初第一批来授课的教师,在这十年中他们一直在授课。

    随着寻求注册学生数量的不断增长,我相信这个项目最少还将在下一个十年中得到延续。的确,维大和辽大之间合作的未来绝对是光明的。入学申请趋势显示,维大在辽大提供的合作项目在未来有很高的需求。目前三个申请者中只有一人能够成功地被接收进这个项目。

    维大和辽大都希望保持对这个项目的强烈需求,并在未来增加入学人数。的确,在过去的三年里在亚澳学习维大项目的学生人数平均增长16%。可能纳入维大目前提供的学士学位项目中的物流专业将毫无疑问地带来入学人数的增加。我们期望中国教育部将来能够批准这个项目。

    所有在辽大的维大项目都将随着贯彻“在实践中学习”这一方针而在将来做一些改变。这将通过把理论和在现实的工作场所和社区背景下的实践相结合充实学生的学习。这将为学生的未来职业生涯做好准备。这也将激励教师们构建创造性和革新方法去学习、授课和建立关系。它把团队工作、知识共享同产业和社区中的利益相关者结合起来。

    除了贯彻在实践中学习外,维大和辽大都期望在亚澳的项目上建立更紧密的战略管理联系。辽大和维大都期望建立由两大机构高级成员组成的高水平联合顾问委员会。这个联合顾问委员会将每年举行一次会议。会议将讨论合作的战略需求和考虑未来合作发展的提议。这将包括提供新的项目和在财务上监察既有的项目。

    在将来,维大也希望有可能的话,派维大学生到辽大来学习普通话和中国东北丰富的文化传统,这种丰富的文化传统让我每次来沈阳都能深切感受到。

    我想再一次说,能够有机会在这里来庆祝,我们倍感欣喜。祝辽宁大学所有的领导和教职工未来兴旺发达。恭喜,恭喜!
 

2009.11.21

 

              

 

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