On 30 October, Box Hill Institute CEO Vivienne King signed new memorandums of understanding with two Chinese institutions, strengthening our international relationships in China and opening doors for our staff and students.
The two institutions are in the top three vocational institutions in China’s Hubei Province:
- Wuhan Vocational College of Software and Engineering
- Wuhan Institute of Shipbuilding Technology
These new relationships will bring mutual benefits focused on student exchange, articulation pathways and joint programs.
Box Hill Institute aims to provide and improve employability for students from each institution, and to improve workforce capability for local and international industry and enterprises where possible.
The signing of the memorandum of understanding with Wuhan Vocational College of Software and Engineering was witnessed by 18 of the college’s students who travelled to Box Hill Institute to tour its facilities.
The students were very impressed with the facilities and teachers, and enjoyed the different delivery of education.
Also attending the signing from Box Hill Institute were Deputy CEO Jennifer Oliver, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business, IT, and Applied Arts Tony Watson, and General Manager – International, John Qiu.
The Chinese delegation was headed by Mr Huang Guobin, the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Education of Hubei Province. It also included three Presidents from selected top Wuhan institutions and key personnel from Hubei Provincial Department of Education:
- Jiang Xianying, President, Wuhan Vocational College of Software and Engineering
- Huang Shihua, President, Wuhan Institute of Shipbuilding Technology
- Chen Youjin, President, Wuhan Institute of Technology
- Wu Kai-ming, Professor & Executive Director Wuhan University of Science and Technology
- Wang Qiang, Director, Division of Science and Technology, Hubei Provincial Department of Education
- Tang Yi, Section Chief of Hubei Education International, Hubei Provincial Department of Education
Hubei is one of the most well-developed provinces for education and scientific research in China.
There are 128 tertiary education institutions within the province, and Hubei Province has an “Education-first” strategy, prioritising education at all levels. They are keen to expediate the construction of a modern vocational education system.