As the Chinese higher education sector heads into a period of rapid change, its senior administrators are getting an inside look at how Australian universities are run.
Charles Sturt University will this week showcase its management systems to Chinese colleagues, as a participant in the Chinese University Administrators Shadowing Project.
Stage one of the project involved the Australian participants attending a workshop in China in July. In stage two, representatives from the eight participating Chinese institutions are spending time at selected Australian universities in both metropolitan and regional areas.
From 12 to 29 October CSU will host Vice President of Sichuan University Professor Zhiqiang Li and Vice President of Yanan University Professor Hao Yu. They will be given a general overview of CSU's administrative and management systems with visits to the Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses.
The project is a collaboration between the Australian Vice Chancellors Committee, the Commonwealth Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs and the Chinese Education Association for International Exchange.
Project coordinator for CSU, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Bernie O'Donnell said the aim of the program was to enhance the skills and experience of senior Chinese administrators, at a time when the country's higher education system was undergoing a period of rapid change.
"The nature of the project will also allow for increased understanding of the Chinese system by Australian counterparts and provide a good opportunity for Australian universities to build on-going and broad-based relationships with the Chinese institutions."
"Maintaining quality education during such a massive period of change is a major concern to the Chinese. The impact of amalgamations, establishing remote campuses, maintaining funding and the commercialisation of research activities are some of the major issues they hope to learn more about through this project."