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The 2nd FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art 11 – 12 September 2014, Renmin University of China, Beijing - 2014-08-18

NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATIONS!
The 2nd FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference
The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art
11 – 12 September 2014, Renmin University of China, Beijing
Hosted by the Australian Studies Centre, Renmin University
Supported by the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC)

Convened by Professor David Walker, BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies
Peking University

The Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC), and the Australian Studies Centre at Renmin University, are pleased to present the 2nd FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference, The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art.
The conference is designed to stimulate discussion in a field that has become increasingly important to both Australia and China, but which has not received the kind of attention it deserves within the broader Australian Studies community in China. The conference will address artistic practices and exchanges, the role and function of the cultural industries and changing perceptions of identity, place and belonging.
It will be the first event of this scale focusing specifically on the China-Australia arts relationship to be held in China, and will bring together a leading lineup of Australian and Chinese artists, curators, gallery directors, academics and cultural thinkers. They will share their insights over two days of panel discussions, keynote presentations, interviews and special performances and exhibitions, running on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September at Renmin University.

Additional public talks will also run on Saturday September 13 at the Red Gate Gallery and Capital M Restaurant in Beijing.

Program highlights include keynote presentations by previous Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Edmund Capon, AM, OBE, on ‘Understanding and Defining Australia through Art’, and Prof Julianne Schultz, AM, FAHA, Editor of the Griffith REVIEW, on ‘The Uses of Culture’. The program will also feature a special performance by acclaimed Australian photographer and storytelling artist William Yang.

For full list of speakers visit: pkuasc.fasic.org.au

Attending the Conference:
The conference is open to the public and attendance is free but registration is required. To register to attend the conference, please email Joanna Bayndrian by September 1 on joanna@creative-asia.net
Please note in your RSVP:
1. Full name (Chinese and English if appropriate) and your professional title and organisation
2. Which of the 3 events you will attend:
• Conference Day 1, 8.30am - 5pm, 11 September
• Banquet Dinner, 6.15pm, 11 September
• Conference Day 2, 8.30am - 5pm, 12 September




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Deakin University Alumni of the Year Awards – Nominations close 30 June 2014 - 2014-06-17

Nominations for the prestigious 2014 Deakin Alumni Community Awards are now open. The Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of our alumni globally. For more information and to download a nomination pack visit Deakin Alumni Awards 2014 at: http://www.deakin.edu.au/alumni/profiles/awards/index.php


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UNSW New President and Vice-Chancellor - 2014-06-13

The Chancellor of UNSW Australia David Gonski today announced that eminent UK academic, Professor Ian Jacobs, has been appointed incoming President and Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Professor Jacobs, who will take up the position on 1 February 2015, is currently Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at the University of Manchester and Director of MAHSC (the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre).

Professor Jacobs is a leading researcher in the area of women’s health and cancer who in the last decade has moved into increasingly senior leadership positions, initially at University College London, where he created and led the Institute for Women’s Health, was Research Director of UCL Partners and then Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences. He was appointed to his current position as Vice President and Dean at the University of Manchester in 2011, when he also became Director of MAHSC a partnership linking the University with six healthcare organisations involving over 36,000 staff.

Professor Jacobs said he was excited and delighted to be taking up what he sees as a challenging and highly prestigious role.

“UNSW is an outstanding university, with a strong international reputation and a superb campus, in one of the world’s great cities. Fred Hilmer’s leadership has established the University amongst the top 100 in the global rankings and has provided a perfect foundation for further steps to enhance the quality of education for UNSW’s 50,000 students, whilst also accelerating progress in the quality of research outputs and impacts.

”As I move from one great city and university to another, I look forward to working with the leadership team, staff and students at UNSW to deliver an ambitious agenda, at a time of exciting change, challenge and opportunity for higher education in Australia and for leading universities worldwide.”

For further details please see: https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/general/new-president-and-vice-chancellor


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2014 New Admission Policy of CPA Australia - 2014-05-28

For overseas returning graduates with recognized degree* by CPA Australia, you can now have exemption of 8 foundation level segments of CPA Program without any exam fee, and directly become CPA Australia Associate Member to enroll in the professional level exam, a total of only 6 segments.

Founded in 1886, CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest professional accounting bodies representing more than 150,000 members in 121 countries.

CPA Australia advances its members’ interests through its focus on education and knowledge exchange, the development of professional networks, advocacy in relation to policy, standards and regulation and the promotion of value of CPA Australia members to employers, government, regulators and the public.

The CPA Australia designation denotes strategic business leadership and is recognised and valued throughout the world. Through strategic alliances with the following bodies, CPA Australia members form part of a global network of professional accountants.

• Certified General Accountants – Canada (CGA-Canada)
• Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
• Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
• Certified Management Accountants Canada (CMA Canada)
• The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland)
• Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
• Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (ICPAS)
• Institute of Chartered Accountants India (ICAI)
• Institute of Chartered Accountants Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka)
• Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)

CPA Australia is also one of the designated assessing authorities for accountants intending to apply for migration to Australia.

Applicants who enroll for any professional level exam of Semester 2, 2014 can have application fee (AU$145) and 2014 membership fee (AU$272) waived.


“Become a CPA” information sessions are scheduled:
Date: Jun 12, Jun 27, Jul 8, Jul 9, Jul 21, 2014 (Jun 27 and Jul 9 are specialized for overseas returnees)
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue:
CPA Australia Shanghai Office
Suite 4003-04, CITIC Square, 1168 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai

To sign up or for more enquiries, please contact Ms. Frances Gong, Ms. Susie Wang or Ms. Summer Qian at +021 2213 9850 or below emails:
Frances.gong@cpaaustralia.com.au
Susie.wang@cpaaustralia.com.au
Summer.qian@cpaaustralia.com.au


* For the list of “recognized degree by CPA Australia”, please contact CPA Australia Shanghai Office for more details.

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澳洲会计师公会成立于1886年,在121个国家拥有超过150,000名会员,是全球最大的专业会计团体之一,目前在大中华区拥有超过15,000名会员。

澳洲会计师公会一直致力提供知识交流的平台、发展会员的专业网络、对相关政府政策、标准和法规提出建议,以及在雇主、政府、监管机构和公众等不同层面推广澳洲注册会计师的价值,从而提升会员的权益及地位。

澳洲会计师公会是与全球的专业会计师团体互认最多的一家会计师公会,受到全球雇主的广泛认可,我们与以下的专业团体建立了策略伙伴联盟,使会员成为专业会计环球网络的成员。这也意味着成为澳洲注册会计师将使您更加方便地获得以下会计师团体的专业资质,是您通往国际职场的通行证。

• 英国特许管理会计师公会 CIMA (UK)
• 英国特许公共财务和会计师协会 CIPFA (UK)
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• 香港会计师公会 HKICPA (Hong Kong)
• 新加坡会计师协会 ICPAS (Singapore)
• 马来西亚会计师公会 MIA (Malaysia)
• 印度特许会计师协会 ICAI (India)
• 爱尔兰注册会计师公会 ICPA (Ireland)

澳洲会计师公会亦是澳洲政府授权审核会计师移民澳洲申请的专业团体之一。

即日起,凡申请加入澳洲会计师公会,并报名参加2014年下半年专业阶段考试者还可享多重优惠:免除入会评估费145澳元+ 免除2014年年费272澳元。

近期,澳洲会计师公会上海办事处将举办“Become a CPA”的咨询讲座,欢迎有兴趣者报名参加。讲座详情如下,请选择合适的时间报名。

讲座日期: 2014年6 月12日, 6 月27日, 7月8日 , 7月9日和 7月21日(其中6月27日和7月9日为海归专场)
讲座时间: 晚上7:00-9:00
讲座地点:上海市南京西路1168号中信泰富广场40楼 4003-4004室, 澳洲会计师公会上海办事处

*澳洲会计师公会认可商科学位清单,请向公会上海办事处咨询。

参加讲座,入会和考试咨询,敬请联系澳洲会计师公会上海办事处:
电话:021-22139850
联系人:龚浩莹女士,王素香女士,钱茵女士
电邮:
frances.gong@cpaaustralia.com.au (龚女士)
susie.wang@cpaaustralia.com.au(王女士)
summer.qian@cpaaustralia.com.au(钱女士)


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Monash University VC honoured by Peking University - 2014-05-27

Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne AC has been recognised with an honorary professorship from Peking University.

In a ceremony held on 16 May in China, Professor Byrne will be awarded the title of Honorary Professor in recognition of his academic contribution to the field of neuroscience.

Peking University has awarded more than 250 such awards to foreign academics in its hundred-year history. Professor Byrne is the 10th Australian to be awarded this honour.

Following the conferring of the professorship, Professor Byrne delivered a speech titled "The winds of change for great universities, the information revolution, globalisation and the rise of Asia".

Peking University is China’s top ranked university globally with Times Higher Education World University Ranking of 45 and a QS rank of 46. In September 2013 Peking University and Monash University entered into a comprehensive collaboration agreement to explore avenues for cooperation and joint activity. This builds upon a substantial existing program of collaboration centred on business and health research.


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Australia’s ‘Q&A’ program coming to Shanghai 澳洲问答节目即将在上海播出 - 2014-03-13

Popular Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) television program ‘Q&A’ will broadcast a special show in Shanghai on Monday 7 April, and is seeking Australian and Chinese audience members to be involved.

The show will cover a broad range of issues around Australia and China and aims to provide insights on how Chinese people view Australia and future relations between the countries.

ACAA members are invited to register their interest with ABC to join the audience, and the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

For further details and to register visit the ABC Q&A website at: http://www.australiaplus.com/international/qanda (Please note you need to cut and paste the link into a new internet browser window to access the webpage.)

The Mandarin webpage is at: http://www.australiaplus.com/chinese/qanda/

Audience members will need to be available on Monday 7 April from 6:30-8:30pm.

The Q&A program will provide you more details once you register.


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Expressions of Interest - China-Australia Business Week - 2014-03-12

Earlier this week the Prime Minister announced details of his visits to Japan, Korea and China; including plans for Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb to lead a 600 strong trade mission to China as the centerpiece of an Australia Week in China trade, investment and tourism promotion.

Minister Robb is inviting Australian businesses to participate and support one of Australia’s biggest ever trade missions to China in April.

Events will be held across the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Expressions of interest are being sought from interested Australian businesses that are keen to participate. The mission will involve Prime Minister Tony Abbott as part of a broader north Asia visit.

Don’t miss out of this unique opportunity to participate.

Expressions of Interest close on Friday 14 March and details are available at the following link: AWIC Expression of Interest - http://www.austrade.gov.au/export/events/international-events/awic-2014/eoi?utm_source=Total+List+with+sublist+E-Cooee+and+Event+notice&utm_campaign=c433ead7f8-eCooee_Issue_121&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_db360b981a-c433ead7f8-60706289

Please note that Austrade can only consider expressions of interest from businesses with a registered Australian Business Number (ABN).


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AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards 2014 - 2014-01-27

Celebrate the success of business in Australia and China, and showcase your company’s achievements by nominating for the AustCham Westpac Australia China Business Awards 2014.

The AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards have, for 21 years, been a means of recognising companies that have worked to deliver Australian products or services to the Greater China region. These awards have grown in stature over the years and are now acknowledged as a high profile celebration of Australian business success in greater China.

The Awards recognise the success of Australian business communities in Greater China across a broad spectrum; from small entrepreneurs right through to some of Australia’s largest publically listed companies.

Winners of the AustCham Westpac ACBAs are announced at a black-tie gala dinner in rotating cities across Greater China each year. Amongst the many benefits that finalists and winners of the Awards program receive is participation in an extensive promotional campaign that reaches the media, government entities and leading business decision makers across Greater China and in Australia.

The 2014 AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards gives your business the ultimate chance to be recognised as an industry leader and provides global exposure to media, government bodies and other captains of industry.

Nominations open on January 28, with winners announced at a gala dinner on May 29, 2014 in Shanghai. For full details on how to enter and award categories visit www.austcham-china.com


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ACAA welcomes 10,000th Alumni Member - 2013-12-18

ACAA has welcomed our 10,000th Alumni Member Ms Xiao Chen (陈晓) in December, capping off a great year for our growing community.

Xiao graduated from The University of New South Wales with a Masters of Commerce in 2006. She is currently based in Shanghai working as Director of home textiles export/agency company Fair Country International Limited.

Read an interview with Xiao below:

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself (eg/ where you grew up, where you live now, your family, your favourite things to do)…

I grew up as a “third culture kid”. My father was a driven entrepreneur and our family moved from country to country as he started and grew his company (which is now past its 20th year!). My parents live in Sydney so that is where I now go “home” to. Personality-wise I am like Curious George – adventurous, curious, and active. If you talk to me, I’ll tell you about my passions – China, design, sustainability, and giving back.

2. Tell us a little bit about your current job, your roles and responsibilities…

I manage a home textiles export/agency company Fair Country International Limited. We export home textiles such as bedlinen, towels and blankets from China to our key markets Australia and New Zealand. As it is a small company, I do a bit of everything from sending out the mail to managing the budget to customer acquisition. My main role however is to steer the company toward profitable and sustainable growth. I am now working on a project that also relates to social development at large. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to share it!

3. Can you tell us a bit about your experiences at university in Australia and how it has influenced you?

The concept of a “fair go” is deeply Australian and ingrained in me since my early childhood, and also throughout my studies and work life there. It is why I care deeply about service and giving back to those who have not had opportunities or are not as privileged. I once saw a note that read “what if the next great idea was in the mind of a child that did not have access to education or to adequate healthcare to stay alive?” It’s issues like this that remind me how privileged I am and how important a “fair go” is to everyone.

4. What do you enjoy most about living and working in China?

I love that I can both be immature and mature here. Immature in the sense that I can be a kid and be inspired and excited by something new and different almost everyday. The people you meet, the places you go to, and the situations that you encounter are never the same, and are generally fresh and exciting. Yet China also matures you because it is such a fast developing country. The country is one of extreme opposites and inequalities so you learn how to acclimatize yourself and make yourself useful in such an environment. You are never in your comfort zone here which is great.

5. Can you share a few thoughts on the Australia-China relationship and why it is important to you?

Australia and China have had a strong bilateral trade relationship which has thus far generally concentrated around exchanges in natural resources and manufactured goods. As both countries’ economies and environments evolve, it would be more important for me to see cooperation and exchanges around technology/know how and culture. Technology and research to increase efficiencies and also to solve the environmental issues that we are increasingly battling. And culture to deepen understanding. Especially in the case of China, I feel it is still a misunderstood country with unexplored depth and potential. These are 2 areas in which I myself am gearing to get involved. I hope I can share more about this at a later date.

6. What do you feel is your greatest achievement to date?

I have a gigantic fear of heights so I felt extremely accomplished this year when I went on a hiking trip and jumped off a 8m cliff (into water). Since then I’ve felt like I could do anything!




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Flinders University hosts Alumni events in Shanghai & Tianjin - 2013-11-12

Flinders University is developing an active Alumni network in China, and is more specifically establishing professional networks where recent graduates can access potential careers and mentoring opportunities.

To kick-start activities in Shanghai, Flinders hosted an October dinner for 20 alumni with guest speaker Junling Liu, Founder and CEO of Yihaodian.com, talking about his time in Australia, the development of his company and how studying at Flinders university had helped him in his career.

Alumni attending the dinner stayed on networking long after the scheduled finish, and indicated they would come along to the next event scheduled for the New Year. The University’s Chancellor Stephen Gerlach AM, the PVC International Prof Nancy Cromar and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social & Behavioural Science Phyllis Tharenou also attended, and thanked Mr Ma and Ms Dou from Nankai University and Maggie Zhou for their assistance in organising the event

Flinders University then held an Alumni lunch on Sunday 3 November in Tianjin, following the graduation ceremony of 400 students from the MAIRET and MHA programs run by Flinders at Nankai University. More than 130 alumni attended the lunch along with more than a dozen Flinders staff. The Vice-Chancellor encouraged Alumni to keep in touch with the University, and where possible assist graduates both from programs taught within China and those taught on campus in Adelaide in the development of their careers.

Awards were made to two distinguished Alumni at the lunch, Miao Qilong (Master of Hospital Administration 2011) and Yu Zongyong (Master of Arts, International Relations Economy and Trade 2013).

Mr Miao, who is currently the Vice President of the Affiliated Hospital of Ningbo University, received the Distinguished Alumni award for his significant contribution to the enhancement of hospital performance and disease prevention and control in Ningbo.

Mr Yu, who received his Distinguished Alumni award for significant contributions to education in Tianjin as a teacher, administrator and principal, is currently the President of the Tianjin Global IELTS Training School and Manager of the Tianjin Global IELTS Overseas Global Education Company. Thank you to all the alumni who attended the lunch and who made it such a success and special thanks to Ms Ping Shu for her time and help in organising this event.


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ABC INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES NEW MANDARIN/ENGLISH APP - 2013-11-11

On the 40th anniversary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's presence in China, ABC International has launched a Chinese/English mobile phone app into the Chinese market.

The app - Australia Plus - is now available for download from the iTunes China App Store and Android app stores or at AustraliaPlus.com/mobile. It features the best of Australian life covering the arts, business, science, education and entertainment.

Speaking at an event to launch the app, as well as to celebrate the ABC's 40 years in China, held in Beijing on Thursday, October 31, the Chairman of the ABC, Mr James Spigelman AC QC said 'Like the ABC, my personal involvement with China is forty years old. From the time I accompanied Prime Minister Whitlam on his visit in 1973, I have understood the importance of, and sought to enhance, the relationship between our nations. I am pleased to be able to continue to do so as Chair of the ABC.”

Managing Director of the ABC, Mr Mark Scott, noted that the launch of the Mandarin app coupled with recent partnership agreements between ABC International and many of China's leading media outlets provided a greater opportunity for both countries to share stories and engage more on issues of mutual interest. "The Australia Plus app and the new media partnerships give broadcasters in both Australia and China the opportunity to reach more people and provide greater insights into each other's cultures, and through that, a greater understanding and appreciation of our common interests as neighbours in the region".

ABC International is now engaging in partnerships with the Shanghai Media Group, CCTV, Beijing TV, China National Radio, China Radio International, Beijing City Radio, China Daily, China News Service, Sina.com, Tencent QQ, and Netease.

The Australia Plus app is free to download and features a question and answer-style introduction to Australian stories covering a wide range of topics of interest to a Chinese audience.

The app features a popular 'Aussiegram' site allowing users to create and share their own iconic Australian experience with koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles and native birds. The app's bi-lingual feature also provides a useful English language learning tool.

For more information please contact: Mark Hemetsberger, ABC International, Tel: +61 3 9626 1723, hemetsberger.mark@abc.net.au


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Australian University students begin China Exchange training program with Huawei - 2013-07-31

Eleven students from a range of Australian Universities will undertake a training tour of China thanks to an exchange program with Huawei Australia. Each student is currently studying an information and communications technology (ICT) course, and will spend three weeks in China as part of the China Exchange – Huawei Australia Undergraduate Work Experience Program.

“Huawei wants to ensure that Australia’s best and brightest ICT students are well-equipped to drive the future development of Australia’s ICT industry,” said Huawei Australia Chairman John Lord. “Huawei is investing in our next generation of ICT experts, and partnering with local Universities has proven to be a win-win for students and Huawei Australia.”

The China Exchange program is the latest of Huawei’s partnership programs with Australian Universities. Huawei is already a member of Macquarie University’s Electronic Engineering Partnership Program, where Huawei sponsors two students annually with $5,000 scholarships. Huawei is also a member of the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society, as well as hosting a joint training centre with RMIT.

Universities participating in the China Exchange program include Macquarie University, University of Ballarat, University of Melbourne, LaTrobe University, Deakin University, Monash University, Victoria University, RMIT, and Swinburne University, along with Box Hill TAFE.

Students were selected based on their academic performance, a desire to broaden their knowledge of telecoms and technology issues, and their interest in gaining experience in Chinese business and culture. The program was first announced during a Victorian Government Trade Mission visit to Huawei in Shenzhen during September 2012.

Announcing the beginning of the China Exchange program, Victorian Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said: “The students will leave Victoria this weekend to participate in the Huawei Technologies program that will enhance their Chinese
cultural and business knowledge and provide an insight into the work carried out at the
headquarters of one of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment producers.”

“The students will also undertake a short course at the Beijing University of Language and Culture before heading to Huawei’s headquarters, where they will receive training on Huawei’s latesttechnologies; as well as experiencing the latest industry trends at Huawei’s exhibition centre, logistics centre, and research and development labs before returning home on 19 July,” Mr Rich-
Phillips said.

“The program is complementary to the Victorian Coalition Government’s focus on building cultural and business ties with China and furthering the capabilities of our already strong Victorian ICT industry,” he said.


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New graduate school of public policy and international affairs - 2013-07-24

A new graduate school of public policy and international affairs, the first of its kind in Western Australia, will be launched by Murdoch University in 2013.

The Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs will offer a range of professional master’s degrees that will equip graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue careers in all aspects of public and international affairs.

Murdoch’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Ann Capling said students would be trained to apply their skills and knowledge to critical problems in local, national and international affairs.

“The Sir Walter Murdoch School will have both a strong national and international orientation, students will be taught by leading academics and professional practitioners from across the world, with course delivery and assessment designed to meet the needs of culturally diverse and globally mobile students,” Professor Capling said.

Murdoch University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott and Professor Capling, both themselves internationally recognised scholars of public policy and international affairs, are among the academics that will teach in the School.

“The School builds on our strengths of applying research to real world problems across a range of policy areas in both the sciences and social sciences,” Professor Higgott said.

“Students will have the opportunity to undertake policy studies in areas of Murdoch’s research and applied policy strength including Asian studies, political science, international relations, professional communication, environmental and resource management, energy, food security and biosecurity, animal welfare, water management and health policy research.”

Recognising that postgraduate students are busy professionals, the new programs will be delivered in flexible, intensive and after-hours formats.
The School will offer three new coursework degrees: a Master of Public Policy and Management, a Master of International Affairs, and a Master of Development Studies.

Professor Capling said that these programs would combine rigorous analytical training, professional skills development, policy studies, and the options of internships, independent work-based projects and a research thesis.

“Students will acquire the expertise necessary for careers in a broad range of settings, including both the public and private sectors, regional and international organisations, and community and not-for-profit organisations,” Professor Capling said.

The School will cooperate with other similar graduate schools at major universities in neighbouring countries.

For more information on the Sir Walter Murdoch School visit http://www.murdoch.edu.au/Sirwalterschool/ (Chinese version http://www.murdoch-university.cn/sirwalterschool/), email sirwalterschool@murdoch.edu.au or phone +61 8 9360 6063.
To view the Chinese version of the flyer visit http://www.murdoch-university.cn/sirwalterschool/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=24&Itemid=133


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Murdoch University debuts at 57 in top 100 universities under 50 - 2013-07-15

Submitting data for the first time, Murdoch University has debuted in the second annual Times Higher Education (THE) 100 Under 50 rankings, with a ranking of 57. The rankings are a global list of universities under the age of 50 and were formally launched at the Festival of Education at Wellington College in the UK.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott said the result was a testament to the extraordinary work the University was undertaking to revitalise its research and teaching.

“Being ranked 57 in the THE 100 Under 50 rankings confirms Murdoch’s international standing” he said. “Today’s announcement together with our listing in the Top 400 of the Times Higher Education’s overall World University Rankings in 2012, confirms that the dramatic reforms in the University over the last 2 years are paying dividends.

“The world of higher education is truly global and we need to evolve to meet this new reality. “We are committed to enhancing the international reputation of the University through both quality teaching and research excellence, and this ranking is proof that we are well on our way to achieving this.

“This is also good news for Western Australia. Murdoch is one of two WA universities to feature in the 100 Under 50 rankings in 2013, with Curtin ranked at 87. This is a positive result for education in WA particularly considering the importance of university rankings for international students and their families. ”

The Editor-at-Large and Rankings Editor Phil Baty agreed saying: "The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 rankings highlight those institutions that have joined the ranks of the world’s finest in a matter of years, while many of their competitors have had centuries of development, or those that are showing great potential for future success."

"So Murdoch has joined a prestigious list of some truly exciting and dynamic institutions. To feature in such a list against such tough global competition is a great achievement.”


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Starry Celebration For Square Kilometre Array - 2012-06-18

Peter Quinn SKA His Excellency, Malcolm McCusker, Governor of Western Australia, and Mrs Tonya McCusker, Federal and State Ministers, astronomers and other scientists were among the guests celebrating Australia’s share in the $2 billion international radio telescope project, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Friday’s celebration, at Government House, was hosted by The University of Western Australia and Curtin University, partners in the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research – the centre that forms the nucleus of radio-astronomy research in Australia.

Senator Chris Evans, Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, State Minister for Science and Innovation John Day a representative of the Murchison-based Wajarri Yamaji people, and members of the Murchison Shire Council (where the SKA will be built) joined UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson and Curtin’s acting Vice-Chancellor Professor David Wood.

Members of the CSIRO and iVEC, which is establishing one of the world’s 20 most powerful supercomputers in Perth, also attended. iVEC involves UWA, Curtin, Murdoch and Edith Cowan Universities and the CSIRO.

Professor Johnson said the $400 million invested by Federal and State Governments in the SKA had already had a transformative effect on WA and enabled UWA and Curtin to attract some of the world’s best researchers at the forefront of radio astronomy.

“The SKA’s potential to inspire a nation, excite future generations of scientists and ignite collaborations both within academia and the wider community should not be underestimated,” Professor Johnson said.

“At an international level, the SKA should ensure that Australia maintains a key role in generating new knowledge of global significance; at a State level, Western Australia will add new cutting edge science to its portfolio of globally competitive resources; and at a university level, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research will continue to be a very important collaboration between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia.

“The SKA project is likely to attract many of the world’s top scientists and researchers in fields such as astronomy, computer science, engineering, geology, environmental management and renewable energy,” Professor Johnson said.


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Griffith University Alumnus of the Decade Competition - 2012-06-13

For your chance to win one of five return trips to Brisbane and the Gold Coast including five nights' accommodation, simply tell Griffith university where your Griffith degree has taken you.

Enter the Alumnus of the Decade competition today!

Griffith University are looking for entries from alumni who graduated in either the 1970's or 1980's or 1990's or 2000's.

Click below to download a copy of the entry form.
-English
-Chinese
All submissions are due by close of business on Wednesday 11 July, 2012.

Winners will be announced at Griffith Alumni events being held in both Beijing and Guangzhou in September.


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University of Sydney Essay Competition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations - 2012-06-13

40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations The China Studies Centre of the University of Sydney is organising a young person's essay competition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations.

The competition is designed to encourage Australian and Chinese young people up to the age of 25 to engage with each other and thereby strengthen mutual understanding and ensure future collaboration between the two countries.

The Competition
• The theme of your essay needs to be 'The Australia-China relationship and its future'.
• You can submit one essay only, written in either Chinese or English.
• The maximum character count for the Chinese essay is 2000 characters. For the English essay, the maximum is 2500 words.
• For both for the Chinese and English essays, one First Prize will be awarded, along with two Second Prizes, and two Third Prizes.

Application Method
• Applicant can download the application form here.
• Completed application form together with the essay should reach the China Studies Centre email csc.events@sydney.edu.au on or before 15 August 2012.

Essay Assessment Panels
• A separate panel of experts will judge the Chinese essays and the English essays. Each panel will consist of 5 members drawn from universities, chaired by a leading member of the China Studies Centre.
• The decision of Assessment Panels will be final.

Awards
• For both the Chinese and English essays,first Prize is a cash award of A$3000; Second Prize is A$2000; Third Prize is A$1000. All winners who will attend the Award Ceremony will also entitle to a travel allowance of the amount A$1,000; a visit to the University of Sydney, and their essay will be included in the brochure of the 40th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations essay competition.

The China Studies Centre will inform the competition winners individually around mid-September. Winners will also be invited to participate in the competition's award ceremony and cocktail reception in Sydney on 13 November 2012, where they can share their essays and thoughts with guests and media on this very happy occasion.

The tentative venue of the award ceremony is the New South Wales Government House. Confirmed guests of honour include the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO , also Chancellor of the University of Sydney; and the University's Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence.


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The Foundation for Australian Studies in China Established, Applications now open for BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies in Peking University - 2012-05-02

The Foundation for Australian Studies in China has recently been established with the support of the Australia-China Council. The Foundation is an independent non-profit foundation in Australia established to support Australian Studies Centres located across China and to provide funding and other assistance to the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies located at Peking University in Beijing, People's Republic of China.

The Foundation will play a significant role in the promotion of Australian Studies in China and will further expand and strengthen research and teaching alliances and links between Australian and Chinese universities.

The key objectives of the Foundation are:
1. Bridge two Countries: Support programs or activities that enhance the mutual understanding and engagement between people of Australia and China
2. Enhance Understanding: Enhance the understanding of Australia in China through funding and other support provided to Australian Studies Centres
3. Sponsor Educational Activities: Provide scholarships for educational exchanges between Australia and China as well as funding support to a Chair of Australian Studies

Seeking Applicants

The Foundation is now seeking Expressions of Interest from qualified applicants for the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University (Chair). A full job description and selection criteria are available for viewing by clicking this link

You can also visit the Foundation website for further information: http://www.fasic.org.au


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2013 Australian Government Endeavour Awards - 2012-04-05

The Endeavour Awards is Australia’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. The Awards aim to support enduring ties between Australia and its neighbours, and support high achieving individuals to increase their skills and global awareness.

The 2013 Endeavour Awards round opened on 1 April 2012, and will close on 30 June 2012.

There are three types of Endeavour Awards open to Chinese citizens:
Endeavour Executive Award, which provides funding for high achieving individuals in business, government, education or industry to undertake one to four month professional development opportunities with a host organisation in Australia.

Endeavour Postgraduate or Postdoctoral Award, which provides funding for academically gifted students to undertake part or all of their PhD or postdoctoral studies in Australia in a wide range of disciplines.

Endeavour VET Award, which provides funding for vocational students to undertake a diploma or associated degree in one of Australia’s world renowned TAFEs or VET colleges.

The Endeavour Awards generally covers all costs, including travel, insurance, stipends and tuition, where relevant.

For further information on the awards, application guidelines and access to the online application system, please click here, or contact AEI Beijing (via jen.tyrell@dfat.gov.au).


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Prime Minister Announces Plan to Open new Australian Consulate in Chengdu - 2012-03-20

Opening of new Consulate-General in Chengdu

Joint media release:

- The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia
- Senator the Hon Bob Carr, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
- The Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP, Australian Minister for Trade and Competitiveness

20 March 2012

Prime Minister Julia Gillard today announced that the Government intends to open a Consulate-General in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan Province.

The announcement comes as Australia and the People's Republic of China celebrate this year their 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

Australia has had a diplomatic presence in China for almost 40 years. Our Embassy in Beijing was established in 1973 and our Consulates-General in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong in 1984, 1992 and 1986 respectively.

The Prime Minister said broadening Australia's diplomatic presence in China was a priority for the Government as the Asian Century unfolded. The new mission is a down-payment on the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.

Today's announcement comes after careful Government consideration of an expanded diplomatic presence in Western China, led by the former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.

The new Consulate-General will increase our diplomatic footprint and will help build on our ever-growing relationship with China.

The creation of the new post will also help identify and build on these opportunities for Australian businesses.

Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr said the Consulate-General in Chengdu will provide a direct link to a diverse province which is home to over 80 million people.

Chengdu is a major gateway to the vibrant inland regions, which account for a growing share of China's trade, foreign investment and economic growth.

Cities like Chengdu will be central to the innovative, high-skill, high-tech, higher-income growth which will drive the next stage of China's remarkable economic transformation.

Minister for Trade and Competitiveness Craig Emerson, who last year visited Chengdu while leading a 100-strong business delegation through China's inland growth centres, said the move would help strengthen and expand trade partnerships.

China is already Australia's largest two-way trade partner, with total trade valued at over $113 billion in 2010-11.

Many Australian companies, including Bluescope Steel, Rheem, ANZ and Cochlear, are already active in western China.

Dr Emerson said a dedicated Consulate-General in this rapidly growing region would help develop demand for the sophisticated goods and services which Australia was well placed to provide.

Funding for the new Consulate-General will be provided for in the forthcoming budget. The Consulate-General will be operational as soon as possible following completion of formal establishment processes with China.


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Swinburne University helps australian innovators in solar world first - 2012-02-21

Swinburne Solar Panel In a boon for the local solar industry, a team of researchers from Swinburne University of Technology and Suntech Power Holdings have developed the world's most efficient broadband nanoplasmonic solar cells.

In a paper published in Nano Letters, the researchers describe how they have manufactured thin film solar cells with an absolute efficiency of 8.1 per cent.

The research was conducted under the auspices of the Victoria-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility (VSASF) at Swinburne, a $12 million program jointly funded by the Victorian Government, Swinburne and Suntech. The group is working to dramatically increase the efficiency of thin film solar technology.

According to Swinburne Professor Min Gu, Director of the VSASF, thin film cells have attracted enormous research interest as a cheap alternative to bulk crystalline silicon cells. However, the significantly reduced thickness of their silicon layer makes it more difficult for them to absorb sunlight.

"Light trapping technology is of paramount importance to increase the performance of thin film solar cells and make them competitive with silicon cells," Professor Gu said. "One of the main potential applications of the technology will be to cover conventional glass, enabling buildings and skyscrapers to be powered entirely by sunlight."

The VSASF group has been improving thin film cell efficiency by embedding gold and silver nanoparticles into the cells. This increases the wavelength range of the absorbed light, improving the conversion of photons into electrons.

In their most efficient cells yet, the researchers went one step further, using what are known as nucleated or ‘bumpy' nanoparticles.

Senior Research Fellow at Swinburne Dr Baohua Jia said: "The broadband plasmonic effect is an exciting discovery of the team. It is truly a collaborative outcome between Swinburne and Suntech over the last 12 months."

Dr Jia believes that this new technology will have an important impact on the solar industry. "What we have found is that nanoparticles that have an uneven surface scatter light even further into a broadband wavelength range. This leads to greater absorption, and therefore improves the cell's overall efficiency.

Professor Gu applauded the quick timeframe in which the research group has been able to achieve 8.1 per cent total efficiency, however he believes there is still considerable scope to improve the cells and transform the way the world sources energy.

"We are on a rapid upwards trajectory with our research and development. With our current rate of progress we expect to achieve 10 per cent efficiency by mid 2012," he said. "We are well on track to reach the VSASF's target to develop solar cells that are twice as efficient and run at half the cost of those currently available."

Professor Gu said that another advantage of the group's approach is that nanoparticle integration is inexpensive and easy to upscale and therefore can easily be transferred to the production line.

"We have been using Suntech solar cells from the outset, so it should be very straightforward to integrate the technology into mass manufacturing. We expect these cells to be commercially available by 2017."

Suntech CEO Dr Zhengrong Shi said: "Our team has achieved an impressive milestone with the world record for the most efficient broadband nanoplasmonic thin-film cell. This is an important step in demonstrating the potential of nanotechnology in leading the next generation of solar cells."

The Nano Letters paper was authored by Dr Xi Chen, Dr Baohua Jia, Dr Jhantu Saha, Mr Boyuan Cai, Dr Nicholas Stokes, and Professor Min Gu from Swinburne and Dr Qi Qiao, Dr Yongqian Wang and Dr Zhengrong Shi from Suntech.

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Former Peking University President revisits Griffith University - 2011-05-12

Professor Xu Zhihong & Professor Ian O'Connor Distinguished scholar and former President of Peking University Professor Xu Zhihong recently revisited the Peking University - Griffith University Research and Learning Centre at Griffith University’s Nathan campus, five years after its official opening in 2006.

“It is marvelous to welcome Professor Xu back to Queensland and to the Nathan campus and to reflect on the vast contributions he has made, not only to building excellent relations with our university, but between the two nations as significant partners in education and research development,” said Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice Chancellor and President, Griffith University.

“The Peking University - Griffith University Research and Learning Centre has been particularly successful for the development of a range of collaborative activities in many fields of education priority, and complements Griffith’s strengths and leadership in the Asia Pacific region,” said Professor O’Connor.

The Centre was the foundation for the recent Memorandum of Understanding involving the Griffith Asia Institute (GAI), Peking University and the Queensland State Government to establish a future orientated partnership between Australia and China titled Australia China Futures Dialogues.

The Dialogues incorporate three yearly events: an Annual Leader’s Lecture, Second Track Dialogue and an Emerging Leaders Dialogue and brings together leaders and emerging leaders to discuss issues of importance to the Asia Pacific region.

“Looking back over Professor Xu’s career there is no doubt he is an exceptional leader, said Professor O’Connor.

Professor Xu was awarded the “First Prize of the Natural Science of Chinese Academy of Sciences Award” in 1990 and the “Third Prize of National Natural Science Award” in the following year. Most recently Professor Xu was elected President of International Association for Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology and is now Chairman of the Chinese National Committee of Man and of Biosphere, UNESCO and Chairman of the Chinese Society of Plant Biology.

“The current initiatives we share with this prestigious institution would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of Professor Xu; in the establishment of our partnership and for its prospective mutual value”, said Professor O’Connor.

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