China signs education MoU with Australia's state of Victoria

09:04, May 20, 2011      

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China's Vice Minister of Education, Du Yubo, and Australian state of Victoria's Education Minister, Martin Dixon, on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreeing to expand cooperation.

Under the MoU, student and teacher exchanges between Victoria and China will increase, more sister school relationships will be formed.

The two sides will also cooperatively conduct researches on education reform and quality education, in areas such as curriculum planning, teaching skills, tests assessment as well as learning techniques.

The pair also agreed to further promote Chinese language teaching assistant program in Victoria, while also looking for opportunities to set up English teaching assistant and English teacher exchange program to help China develop the English language primary and secondary teaching and learning.

Du said that China and Victoria has entered a friendly relationship, and the pair will engage in a more active cooperation and exchange of education.

"China will continue opening-up policy of education in the next ten years, the focus will be the introduction of high-quality educational resources, improve education and attract more world- class organizations, experts and scholars to come to China," Du told reporters in Melbourne.

He said that China and Australia has a broad prospects for cooperation in the education field, and he is confident that the two countries will continue with their substantive education cooperation and exchanges in the future.

Meanwhile, Dixon said the deal would pave the way for greater sharing of information and resources in education for years to come, and promote better intercultural understanding.

He said the agreement would provide opportunities to improve the teaching of Chinese in Victorian schools and provide language learning opportunities to a greater number of students.

"Over 22,000 students are already studying Mandarin in Victorian government schools and the MoU will help provide the tools and understanding for this number to increase," Dixon said.

"It is vital our students are as well equipped as possible to meet the challenges of a more complex and connected world in years to come.

"As well as learning the Chinese language, students will gain a thorough understanding of China's culture and custom, which will stand them in good stead on the world stage."

Currently, China has a numbers of educational programs with the Victorian Department of Education, including the Volunteer Chinese Teachers Program, 'Chinese Bridge' Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in Melbourne, and the Victoria Chinese Teacher Training Center.

During his trip in Australia, Du and his delegates will attend the fourth consultative meeting of the Sino-Australia educational exchange working group, as well as visiting two universities in Victoria.

Source: Xinhua
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