Gillard Government to Contribute $100,000 to Expand the China-Australia Executive Leadership Program (CAELP)
Canberra, ACT (News4us.com) November 3, 2010
An innovative exchange program for Australian and Chinese university leaders will be expanded with funding announced in Beijing today by Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans.
Senator Evans said the Gillard Government would contribute $100,000 to expand the China-Australia Executive Leadership Program (CAELP) – a joint initiative of Universities Australia (UA) and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE).
“This is an excellent example of meaningful cooperation between our countries in education,” Senator Evans said.
“The Leadership Program offers participants valuable insights into each country’s cultures of teaching, learning and research.
“The funding will allow the program to continue as a foundation for academic and research collaboration and ongoing staff and student exchanges, providing benefit to both nation’s education and research sectors.”
Senator Evans said the highly successful exchange program has given more than 100 university leaders the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of leading practice in each other’s higher education system.
One of the alumni of the program is the Chinese Vice Minister for Education, Hao Ping.
Earlier this year UA and CEAIE agreed to a program for 2011 for eight Australian and 16 Chinese universities.
The Government funding will support the doubling of the number of participating Australian universities to 16 for 2011 and 2013, and will help to enrich the experience for Chinese participants.
“This program is a flagship initiative of the longstanding relationship between the organisations, helping to build strong person-to-person links with our Chinese counterparts,” Senator Evans said.
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