A student from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific is heading to China as part of a new program aiming to encourage greater cooperation between Australian and Chinese universities.
PhD scholar Alicia Mollaun, based in the College's Crawford School of Public Policy, has been chosen as part of a group to head over to China in April for two weeks. While there, she will visit a number of China’s top universities from the so-called C9 group of elite institutions. The program is organised by the Group of Eight (Go8) Universities in Australia, with funding from Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
The Student Leadership in International Cooperation project aims to identify ways that the two countries can work closely together and promote links between students.
Mollaun said that she was delighted to have been chosen to be part of the group and is looking forward to visiting the country for the first time.
“I am very excited to have been selected. I’m looking forward to working with other PhD students from Go8 universities to increase links between Australian and Chinese students.
“China will become one of the leading research centres in the world. It will be great to meet with other research students and learn more about what the major research priorities for China are. I’m in the public policy PhD stream at Crawford, so I’ll be particularly interested to see how China’s public policy challenges are addressed by academic research.
“It will be my first visit to China, so I can’t wait to see the sights and taste the different regional foods, as well as learn more about Chinese culture, and seeing the facilities on offer at the leading universities,” she said.
She added that she hopes the program will go some way towards forging stronger links between students from both countries.
“At the end of the program, we will develop proposals to promote opportunities for outbound student mobility from Australia. Hopefully, I can develop some unique proposals to encourage greater cooperation between China and Australia, and particularly between ANU and the C9 universities.
“In the future, it will be important for Australian students to become more familiar with Chinese culture, language and policies as relations between the two countries grow and prosper. My visit to China will help develop policies to make it easier for Australian students to undertake part of their studies in China.”