An RMIT delegation from the Centre for Global Research visited three distinguished Chinese universities in Beijing and Shanghai in June 2017.
The team, led by Associate Professor Paul Battersby, and joined by Dr Lynne Li, Honorable Professor Guosheng Chen, and Dr Tommaso Durante, first visited Beijing International Studies University (BISU) where they met with Professor Pan Xianjun, the Dean of the College of Chinese Studies.
Two public lectures were presented to BISU academics and postgraduate students:
Globalisation: Advance or Retreat, delivered by Associate Professor Paul Battersby.
Chinese Language Education in Australia, jointly delivered by Dr Lynne Li and Honorable Professor Guosheng Chen.
Both lectures received overwhelming appreciation from academics and students in BISU, with Professor Pan Xianjun, Dean of the College of Chinese Studies, observing that the meeting and lectures, “have strengthened the link and understanding between the academics and students of both universities.”
The lectures not only enhanced the participants’ knowledge on globalisation and the Australian education system, they also broadened understanding of Chinese language and culture education in Australia. Through this academic visit, both institutions have expressed interest in future collaborations.
The RMIT delegation next visited Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) where Associate Professor Paul Battersby presented a research seminar, Globalisation: Today and Tomorrow, to academics and postgraduate students. The seminar facilitated a lively discussion, covering a range of areas on global studies. It was impressive to see the active participation, and creative and critical thinking capacity of the postgraduate research students of BFSU.
BFSU hosts clearly indicated their interest in inviting Associate Professor Battersby and the team for further academic visits and follow-up communications. The RMIT team has equal interest in developing research collaborations with BFSU on the basis of their research reputations in their respective fields, particularly in the areas of global studies and language and culture education.
From Beijing, the RMIT group travelled to Shanghai to attend and participate in the 3rd China and Middle East Conference: From Asia to the Middle East: Asianisation of the Middle East with Economic Characteristics? (June 7-8, 2017). In addition to the opening ceremony and the keynote speeches, this two-day conference included several panel discussions on topics including, ‘Relations between China, Iran and GCC’, with the panel moderated by Associate Professor Battersby.
The Chinese tour culminated with The 10th Meeting of the Global Studies Consortium, (June 9-11, 2017), where the RMIT team presented and/or chaired three sessions, including the prestigious opening plenary session.
Story: Rebecca Carroll-Bell