First Educational and Academic Exchange of China-Australia Master of International Business Program Held in Australia

[Source]    Business Confucius Institute at Victoria University, Australia [Time]    2017-09-05 17:42:23 

On August 14th, 2017, local time, the First Educational and Academic Exchange of China-Australia Master of International Business (MIB) program came to an end at the University of Victoria, Australia. The program was sponsored by the National MIB Education Steering Committee and the School of Business at Victoria University and co-organized by the Business Confucius Institute at Victoria University. Six experts and scholars from Chinese colleges and universities were able to conduct in-depth communication with the leaders of MIB in Melbourne, the top experts in the field of China-Australia international business research and teaching as well as teachers and students of local colleges and universities from August 2nd to 13th.

The academic exchange mainly included three major themes: Symposium on China-Australia International Business and Trade, Seminar on MIB Education and Teaching Methods and Talks on China-Australian Cooperation program of MIB Training.

During the event, Peter Dixon, a renowned Australian economist from the Centre of Policy Studies at Victoria University and an academician of the Australian Academy of Science; Shi Heling, a famous Chinese-Australian economist in Australia and a professor at the Business School of Monash University; Chris James, CEO of North Link of the Australian Local Business Association; Xu Jiqing, Chief Executive Manager of China Minmetals Corporation (MMG), and Alan Hairong Yang, an advisor to the National Basketball League of Australia respectively had comprehensive and profound discussions with the exchange group upon issues such as the China-Australian trade research methods, China-Australia international trade, investment policy and future trends, local enterprises’ opportunities and challenges in the China-Australian trade spectrum, prospects of China-Australian cultural industry cooperation and Chinese enterprises’ practice in the process of “going global”, etc. The unique insights of Australian scholars and the sharing of fresh stories from people of the business circle were unanimously praised by the exchange group, and Chinese scholars’ in-depth thinking of China-Australia relations also benefited the Australians to a large extent.

A member of the exchange group communicating with Peter Dixon

Shi Heling giving a lecture

Xu Jiqing giving a lecture

Since 2010, the number of training institutions with MIB programs has reached 94, with more than 6,000 graduates and a total enrollment of over 10,000. Ways to provide students with better training programs and improve their international perspective and employment competitiveness become the focus of the development of various institutions. Australia is one of the earliest countries to set up an MIB degree program, and through China-Australia exchanges on IBM education, it is conducive to promoting and improving the management level of Chinese institutions of higher education of MIB. Another focus of the academic exchanges rests upon the MIB education and teaching methods.

The exchange group went to the international business classes in some Australian universities to experience blended learning and group cooperative learning, and respectively conducted talks with various project leaders of the University of Victoria. The concerning topics encompassed the internationalization of the university, design and development of employment-oriented curriculum, the construction of the teaching-aid supporting system of blended learning, and students’ career development, etc. A wide range of classroom teaching models have gained much praise from the exchange group members, especially the promotion of blended learning at the University of Victoria, as well as the encouragement for teachers to adopt new technology in assisting professional instructors’ teaching by providing a package of training, tracking counseling and programs of curriculum construction and evaluation.

Lecture on the construction of the teaching-aid supporting system of blended learning

In addition, the experts of the academic exchange group held in-depth exchanges with relevant persons in charge from the International Department of the University of Victoria, School of Humanities and Social Sciences of La Trobe University and Business School of Griffith University on such issues as enrollment plans, curriculum setting, credit arrangements, and students’ employment, and discussed the cooperative cultivation of international business masters between Chinese and Australian universities. The two sides also exchanged views on credit transfer and student exchanges and the members of the exchange group also aired views on the North Link on the international business masters’ internship in Australia and the off-campus mentor system.

The exchange group visiting La Trobe University

The exchange group visiting the Business School of Griffith University and its Confucius Institute

On the evening of August 11th, the academic exchange group was invited to attend the China-Australian Forum on Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the group members gathered together with more than 80 people from the government, the business circle, academia and Chinese communities to carry out in-depth discussions on such issues as the China-Australia relations, international trade and innovative entrepreneurship. Zhu Zhenrong, Deputy Director of the Trade Department in Beijing Technology and Business University, analyzed the status quo of innovation and entrepreneurship as well as the policy support and future development of Chinese college students with detailed data and vivid examples.

Zhu Zhenrong participating in the China-Australian Forum on Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship ( first from right)

Australia is a forerunner in international business education. This academic exchange has a far-reaching significance for the scientific setting of China’s MIB education curriculum and the internationalization of the county’s educational projects. The Business Confucius Institute at Victoria University will continue to serve as a link to promote China-Australian business contacts and cooperation in education, and make contributions especially to the cooperation and exchanges between China and Australia in China’s MIB education.