Throughout David's degree he become interested in the challenges faced by China after four decades of economic growth. He decided to study at the Australian Centre on China in the World at ANU (CIW) because of the opportunity to learn from world-renowned experts.
“I was attracted to the course China: Wealth and Power because I wanted to examine the challenges Chinese decision-makers and citizens face in balancing sustained economic growth, social stability, and increasing lifestyle expectations,” says David.
Over the semester he was fascinated by the intersection of rural and urban elements in China.
“Before taking this course, I would hear about China in the media and perceived China to be this constrained place with a homogenous outlook.”
The readings and lectures allowed him to investigate the complexity involved in implementing economic policy, such as the dynamics between central and local governments.
Since 2015, CIW has taught online and in-person postgraduate units using a combination of pre-recorded videos and face-to-face tutorials. This innovative model allows students to access CIW’s academic expertise from anywhere n the world.
“I enjoyed the mix of online videos and in-person tutorials. They worked because they were complimented by weekly assignments that provided me with background knowledge,” says David. In addition to fostering critical thinking, he found the small tutorials useful in building personal networks.
Having studied China: Wealth and Power, David is inspired by the course.
“At the heart of the Asia Pacific century lies China’s economic, social, and political rejuvenation. Gaining perspective on China’s history, its development and future are critical not only to understanding China but a new era of regional and international relations.”
Given the complexity of contemporary China and the deep historical conditions that continue to influence it, David believes this course is suitable for “postgraduate students who are curious about China, those wishing to further their knowledge, and those who would like to challenge their thinking on China.”
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