Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations in Australia, Together with a Tertiary Education Delegation Visits Hanban
Senator Christopher Evans, Australian Minister delivering an impromptu speech at the Grand Forum
On the morning of November the 2nd, Senator Christopher Evans, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations in Australia, together with a higher education delegation, paid a visit to Hanban. This visit was one of the most important stops on the itinerary of Senator Evans' first visit to China as Australian Minister for Higher Education.
Senator Evans's group commenced by visiting the Chinese culture experience center and Confucius Institute teaching resources exhibition on the first floor of the Hanban Business Building. They were then engaged in cordial conversation with Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban, and Senator Evans delivered impromptu speeches. In his speech, he praised the significant contributions made by the Confucius Institute in promotion of Chinese learning in Australia and helping Australian people to get to know about China highly. In addition, he said China is a very important partner with Australia in Asia and it is very crucial that Australia maintains effective cooperation with China. The Australian government has devoted itself to cooperation with China in across broader fields and more deeply; it hopes to further expand educational exchanges with the Chinese government.
The members of the delegation visiting Hanban also included Lisa Paul, Executive Deputy Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations in Australia, Peter Coaldrak, President of Queensland University of Technology, Ross Milbourne , Chairman of Australian Technology Network of Universities and President of the University of Technology, Sydney, Paul Greenfield, Representative of Australian Eight School Alliance and President of the University of Queensland and Vice President of Australian University Association and Vice President of the University of New South Wales
In recent years, there has been a rapid development of cooperation in Chinese teaching between Hanban and related institutions in Australia. Right now there are 9 Confucius Institutes and 4 Confucius Classrooms which have been set up in Australia.