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University of Sydney New Colombo Plan students experience Suzhou

July 10, 2017

Sixteen University of Sydney students completed the first stage of the inaugural New Colombo Plan (NCP) Suzhou-Shanghai Field School.  The students from various disciplines across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences spent their first week (3-9 July) in Suzhou immersed in a Language and Culture Program including language classes and lectures within the Dushu Lake education precinct, visiting SIP Informatization Display Experience Centre, the Australian Studies Centre of Soochow University, Eastern Silk Market China and its e-commerce platform, and typical historical and cultural sites in Suzhou. The students also meet their college peers from other universities based in the precinct.

(NCP students pose with guest students from other universities in the precinct during a networking session at the Centre in China)

The University of Sydney 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.

(NCP students visit Mini Fabric Expo and experience the convenience of accessing supplier and quotation information on an e-commerce platform during their visit to  Eastern Silk Market China, an opportunity that allows the students to find out about the business mode and operation of local silk industry )

The Centre in China offers a base for students from The University of Sydney to learn about China and experience the dynamism of both traditional and contemporary culture.  The Centre’s role is integral in supporting the University of Sydney’s strategic initiative to have 50% of its students undertake an international or experiential period away from campus.

(NCP students try on brocade suits at Suzhou Dingsheng Silk Co., Ltd. after visiting the company’s Song Brocade Cultural Park, learning the history and status quo of Song brocade and seeing for themselves the large-scale mechanized production of textile materials)

The NCP Field School is a three-week program coordinated by the University of Sydney China Studies Centre and consists of a variety of courses and activities carried out in Suzhou and Shanghai. The NCP program 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.

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