AEMG Hand-in-hand Workshop with Overseas Partners 2020 was held in Melbourne on Feb 7, 2020.
More than 70 university and college leaders from 16 partner universities in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, along with AEMG President Mr. Roger Li, Director General Ms. Jenny Wang and Melbourne colleagues attended the workshop; whereas business executives and all directors of functional departments based in China joined through video conference.
At the opening ceremony, Mr. Roger Li gave an opening remarks and warm welcome to all the guests. The theme of the year was “The Value and Significance of AEMG in Global Partnerships”. Given the impacts of the novel coronavirus toward our Chinese and overseas partner universities at present, the organizing committee had specially added on a session to discuss about ways to tackle this crisis.
Host by AEMG Vice President Prof. Peter Frappell, the workshop was divided into four parts: risk management and quality enhancement of joint education; thoughts on ways to improve students’ English language proficiency; students exchanges in joint education programs; R&D as added-value towards Chinese-foreign joint education programs.
University leaders and representatives from over 10 partner universities such as The Australian National University, University of Western Australia, University of Adelaide, University of Southern Australia, University of Tasmania, University of Technology Sydney, James Cook University, University of Auckland, Aston University, etc. had successively given wonderful speeches.
They had shared their understanding and practice on risk management and quality; and provided solutions and suggestions to cope with the risks and impacts of temporary entry restrictions imposed by Australia, New Zealand and other countries in light of the outbreak of novel coronavirus. The speakers also shared their valuable experiences in the aspects of teaching, student services and R&D as added-value in Chinese-foreign joint education programs. Besides, the representatives had reviewed on the past 20 years of cooperation with AEMG and expressed their confidence in tackling the current challenges bring about by the pandemic and travel bans, and also their anticipation in the prospects of working with AEMG in the future.
It was a pragmatic and efficient face-to-face exchange of experiences. Through the workshop, AEMG and its overseas partner universities had deepened their mutual understanding and laid a solid foundation for future cooperation.