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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!]






    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)。


    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。





    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。











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