On 17th March 2021, the USYD Study Centre launching ceremony was successfully held at USYD Centre in China. Guest attendees include: Dan Li – the business commissioner of Australia Trade and Investment Commission, business consul of Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai; Hui Xia – the director of SIP one-stop HR service centre; Juan Sun – the vice president of Suzhou Dushu Lake entrepreneurship University.
Mr. Michael Milne, the executive director of the University of Sydney Centre in China, delivered an opening speech to extend a warm and sincere welcome to the students and guests who came to participate in the Peer Studying Program (PSP). He introduced the support provided by the University of Sydney Centre in China as an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural education and research centre for Australian – Chinese researchers, scholars, and students.
He said the 10-week PSP, which is open to students at the University of Sydney, aims to provide a campus atmosphere and a place for learning, discussing, and building interpersonal relationships for Chinese students affected by the epidemic. Students here can make friends of the same age, discuss the contents of learning courses, and explore the city of Suzhou together.
Mr. Dan Li, the business commissioner of Australia Trade and Investment Commission, business consul of Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai, shared his experience of studying in China and the cultural impact he suffered after experiencing different cultures. He encouraged students to choose their own lives bravely and not to be afraid of uncertainty. At the same time, Mr. Dan Li also said that education will always be the most valuable investment for himself, no matter in what situation and era.
Hui Xia, the director of SIP one-stop HR service centre, introduced Suzhou’s employment policy and working atmosphere to the students. She said that Suzhou is a very warm city and it is always welcomed for students to develop their career and life here.
Juan Sun, the vice president of Suzhou Dushu Lake entrepreneurship University, introduced Suzhou’s innovation and entrepreneurship policies, combining with vivid and real examples around her. Also, she explains all kinds of support and help provided by Dushu Lake entrepreneurship University for students who choose to start their own businesses.
Two student representatives from the University of Sydney presented their PSP experience for the past few days in a dialogue form. They said that compared with their online classes, coming to the studying centre of the University of Sydney to communicate with their partners had greatly improved their learning enthusiasm.
Student representatives from Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University, Soochow University, Renmin University of China, and Oxford University spoke on the stage, shared their campus life, and warmly invited students from the University of Sydney to exchange views.
After the launching ceremony, the students and the guests had a free exchange session, and the atmosphere was harmonious.
In the future, the studying centre will hold various learning and life sharing meetings, Australian culture introduction meetings, and contact local enterprises to organize future career planning and development seminars as well as enterprise visits. The studying centre also plans to cooperate with local higher education institutions, such as Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University and Soochow University, so that students can come into contact with peers with different cultural backgrounds, learn from each other and make progress together.