Australia-China Council

Education and Science

Over 40 years of education exchanges, shared interests and strong policy foundations have contributed to the wide-ranging Australia-China education and research relationship.

Australia is one of the key partners for China in education, research, and science and both countries are continuously exploring new frontiers of engagement.

ACC goal: Education - Support practical and effective solutions to enhance China literacy, business and cultural capabilities of Australian institutions and people to effectively engage with China, and promote education, science and innovation connectivity between Australia and China.

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2013 Australia-China Youth Dialogue

The fourth Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) will be held from 24 to 29 September in Canberra and Melbourne.  ACYD is a premier bilateral youth forum that brings together emerging Australian and Chinese leaders in a week-long exchange of ideas and perspectives on the broad range of bilateral interests. The Australia-China Council continues to be a major founding partner of the Dialogue.

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High Level Dialogue to reinforce Australia-China bond

Proudly supported by the Australia-China Council, the theme of the dialogue was The Australia-China Relationship at Forty: Building a Pathway to the Future. Delegates looked towards 2020 and the types of initiatives that will help strengthen the Sino-Australian relationship over the next eight years.

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Visit to China by 2012 Young Australian of the Year, Marita Cheng: Inspiring a new generation of women in engineering

The Council was delighted to support a visit to China by Marita Cheng, 2012 Young Australian of the Year and founder of Robogals. The visit was co-ordinated by the Australian Embassy in Beijing and Australian Consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou.

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Engaging China Project

The Australia-China Council supports practical and innovative projects that develop Asia capabilities and promote the importance of Asia literacy among young Australians. One of the new programs we support this year is the Engaging China Project initiated by the Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA).

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Australian Guide to Chinese Language Publishing & Translating

An Australian Guide to Chinese Language Publishing & Translating has been produced by the Australia-China Council to facilitate quality Chinese publishing by Australian organisations.  Most material published in Chinese by Australian companies and government agencies is translated from English and the Guide discusses a range of translation issues.

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AFL China Athlete Academy at Guangzhou Sports University campus, 2012 (Image courtesy of AFL)

Focus The New Colombo Plan

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Asia Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region. An internship component is a hallmark of the New Colombo Plan.

The New Colombo Plan is intended to be transformational, deepening relationships with the region, both at the individual level and through expanding university, business and other stakeholder links. Over time, the Australian Government wants to see study in the Asia Pacific region become a “rite of passage” for Australian undergraduate students, and as an endeavour that is highly valued across the Australian community.

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David Lloyd and Li Jiajun shaking hands after planting a tree
UniSA Vice-Chancellor Professor David Lloyd and Tianjin University President Professor Li Jiajun at the launch of the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development (Image courtesy of the: University of South Australia)

Facts and Figures

China is Australia’s largest source country of international students: almost 120,000 Chinese students in Australia in 2012.
Source: China Country Strategy

China is now Australia’s third-largest joint publications partner, and Australia is China’s sixth- largest.
Source: China Country Strategy

In 2011 China became the world's second biggest spender on industrial research and development (R&D), after the United States.
Source: UN 2011