Strengthening regional cooperation on education

Media Release
  • Minister for Education
  • Leader of the House

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education, has embarked on a five day visit to China and Laos to strengthen Australia’s commitment to education cooperation in our region.

Mr Pyne said international education is a core element of Australia’s economic prosperity and social advancement, and China continues to be Australia’s most important education partner.

“The high numbers of Chinese students choosing to study in Australia is testament to the quality of our education and the longstanding relationship we have built over more than forty years,” Minister Pyne said.

“The flow of students both ways builds knowledge and understanding for individuals and our nations."

Minister Pyne will meet with his Chinese counterpart, Minister Yuan Guiren to reaffirm Australia’s support for deeper institutional and research collaboration partnerships, and further promote the quality education experiences provided to Chinese students in Australia.

Minister Pyne will make a key note address at Peking University and visit the site of the newly established South East-Monash University joint graduate school in Suzhou.

He will also visit Shanghai to speak with Australian and Chinese business leaders about the critical role they play in global education.

“Stronger engagement from business is essential if we are to provide students with meaningful work experience and internships,” Mr Pyne said.

“Work experience embedded in a quality education provides the skills students need to engage globally.”

Minister Pyne is visiting China en route to Vientiane, Laos, where he will participate in regional discussions with East Asia Summit Education Ministers on reducing barriers to regional student mobility.

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