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Centre in China to host NCP Field School students for a second year

June 13, 2018

After the first New Colombo Plan (NCP) Field School was successfully delivered in Suzhou last July, the University of Sydney Centre in China will play host to students from Sydney again under the 2018 NCP Field School program in the coming month.

Organized by the University of Sydney China Studies Centre, the NCP Field School program is designed to deepen the students’ understanding of China’s politics, diplomacy and economic development. This year’s program consists of various courses and activities to be carried out in Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai; the 3-9 July Suzhou-based part, known as Language and Culture Program, has been co-organized by the Centre in China.

The Language and Cultural Program is made up of language lessons at the Centre in China, networking with local students, cultural heritage visit to Tongli ancient town, and so on. Besides, they will attend a lecture on the Overview of Higher Education at SIP at the Centre in China and a lecture at Xi’jiao Liverpool University to find out more about the Suzhou Industrial Park and China’s reform. The students will leave for Hangzhou to continue the rest of the program on 10 July.

In July 2017, the first 16 NCP Field School students from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences stayed in Suzhou for a week. The Centre in China facilitated the week-long program which enabled students to experience Chinese language learning, gain first-hand understanding of China’s politics, economy and foreign relations, and the chance to meet and exchange experiences with other international and local students.

As the University of Sydney’s multi-functional facility in China, the Centre in China has over the past one year and a half developed into a base for staff and students from the University of Sydney to learn about China and experience the dynamism of both traditional and contemporary culture.

NCP Field School 2017 students visit Soochow University 

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About the NCP Field School

The NCP Field School is a three-week intensive program offered by the University of Sydney China Studies Centre for the 2018 winter break. This opportunity allows about 15 participants, all current students of the University of Sydney Business School or the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, to join other students of various disciplinary and cultural backgrounds to develop their Chinese language skills and gain first-hand understanding of China’s politics, economy and foreign relations. Funding is available to some students through New Colombo Plan grants to partially cover the costs of the program.

About the New Colombo Plan (NCP)

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. It encourages a two-way flow of students between Australia and the rest of the region, complementing the thousands of students from the region coming to Australia to study each year.

To date, the New Colombo Plan is supporting students to study and undertake internships across the Indo-Pacific from Pakistan in the west to Mongolia in the north, and the Cook Islands in the east. The total number of students funded by the New Colombo Plan reached around 17,500 in the first four years of the program since 2014, its pilot year.

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