The University of Sydney Centre in China will play host to 16 students from the University of Sydney under the 2017 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Suzhou-Shanghai Field School program in early July.
The NCP Suzhou-Shanghai Field School program, organized by the University of Sydney China Studies Centre, is designed to deepening the students’ understanding of China’s politics, diplomacy and economic development. The program consists of a wide variety of courses and activities to be carried out in Suzhou and Shanghai; the 3-8 July Suzhou-based part, known as Language and Culture Program, has been co-organized by the Centre in China.
The Language and Cultural Program, which will start on July 3, the day after their arrival in China, and end on July 8, is made up of language classes at the Centre in China, networking with students from local universities including Renmin University of China, Soochow University, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, Southeast University – Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou) and KIT China Institute. Besides, they will attend Chinese diplomacy lecture and lecture on the Overview of Higher Education at SIP at the Centre in China and lectures at Xi’jiao Liverpool University.
The students will also go on visits to Suzhou Industrial Park Show Room, the Australian Studies Centre at Soochow University, Eastern Silk Market China and its E-commerce platform www.168tex.com, and Pingjiang Road and Humble Administrator’ s Garden to find out more about local business and culture. After that, the students will leave for Shanghai to continue the second half of the NCP Field School program.
As the University of Sydney’s multifunctional facility in China, the Centre in China has been actively supporting the University’s student mobility programs in an effort to contribute to the university’s internationalization drive.
About NCP Suzhou-Shanghai Field School
The NCP Suzhou-Shanghai Field School is a three-week intensive program offered by the University of Sydney China Studies Centre for the 2017 winter break, running from 3 to 23 July.
This opportunity allows 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.