Minister Pyne signs two bilateral education agreements with China
- Minister for Education
- Leader of the House
At a ceremony witnessed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and China’s President Xi Jinping, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education, today signed two bilateral education agreements with the Chinese Vice-Minister for Education Professor Hao Ping.
Education is currently Australia’s third largest export. In 2014, Chinese students make up the largest number of international students represented in all education sectors. A growing number of Australian students are studying in China and Australia has more education links with China than any other country.
Minister Pyne signed a new mobility agreement which highlights the central role of China to the New Colombo Plan, the Australia-China Memorandum of Understanding on Student, Researcher and Academic Mobility. The memorandum will support the implementation of the New Colombo Plan in China from 2015 and facilitate greater mobility of students, researchers and academics between Australia and China.
Minister Pyne also renewed the long-standing Australia-China Arrangement on Higher Education Qualifications Recognition. The arrangement underpins the mobility of Chinese students to Australia by allowing Australian higher education qualifications to be recognised by Chinese institutions and employers.
Mr Pyne said that the agreements “reflect the strong and long-standing education and research relationship between our two countries”.
“China is one of Australia’s most important economic and trading partners. So, it is important that our young people are familiar with China, its society, culture and language.”
“We greatly value the contribution that many high quality Chinese students make to our institutions and our communities.
”In order to realise the full potential of international education to Australia, it must be a two-way street with Australian students increasingly engaging with China.
“Australia’s future leaders will need to work closely with their Asian counterparts and immersing themselves in study and life in Asia is the best way to develop a close and strong mutual understanding,” Mr Pyne said.
Mr Pyne also participated in a panel discussion at the 5th Australia China Economic and Trade Forum where he reinforced the crucial role of business in supporting student mobility and the importance of business leaders’ insights and involvement in setting a national direction for the future sustainability and competitiveness of international education in Australia.