CAELP is a senior university leadership program jointly managed by Universities Australia and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). The program helps to build person-to-person links and strengthens the relationship between our two countries. Delegates have the opportunity to participate in a short leadership training and development course before spending two-four weeks shadowing at a matched institution in the host country.

The program was established in 1999 and has seen more than 100 university leaders from Australia and China participate. Former CAELP participants include Vice Minister Hao Ping, China Ministry of Education, who visited the University of Melbourne. CAELP is known as the `lucky program' in China because many participants receive promotions.

During a visit to China in November 2010 by the former Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, there was an announcement of $100,000 (excluding GST) to support programs between Universities Australia and the CEAIE that form part of the China-Australia University Leadership Capacity Building Program, such as CAELP and the China Australia Middle Managers Program (CHAMMP).  

Eight Vice Presidents from Chinese universities travelled to Australia from 16-30 July to participate in the 2013 CAELP, with several others visiting their host universities over the proceeding months. The Vice Presidents participated in a specialised leadership training course hosted at the University of Canberra and delivered by the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics. Emeritus Professor Carole Kayrooz facilitated the program, leading thematic sessions exploring leadership for education in an international context, human resourcing, staffing and two-way leadership. This was complemented by guests speakers who provided an overview of the sector and current policy trends and developments. The program was highly regarded by the Chinese delegation, who commented that the ‘training style was really impressive and very attractive’, was ‘very well organised, very intensive, very effective’ and offered them a ‘quite comprehensive understanding, new opportunities and new challenges’.

The group also spent two weeks shadowing with their partner universities where they were able to apply the skills they developed in the training program to their shadowing activities.

The Australian senior university leaders participating in CAELP 2013 travelled to China in November for the reciprocal part of the program. The group participated in a half-day round-table meeting that included representatives from the CEAIE, UA, the host universities and the Minister Counsellor (Education) Beijing, Ms Cathryn Hlavka. The meeting included discussion about the current policy settings in both China and Australia that impact on the international education environment, the implementation and success of the leadership training and capacity building programs and recommendations for future programs between the CEAIE and UA.

The visiting delegation also attended the CEAIE China Annual Conference for International Education, hosted at the China National Convention Centre, as part of the briefing program organised by the CEAIE. This included the International Student Mobility forum session at which Anne Baly, Head of the International Group, Department of Education, was a keynote speaker. Ms Hlavka and her colleagues in the Department of Education hosted a dinner for the Australian delegation at the Counsellor's residence to discuss the program and other international education matters, including student mobility.

For further information about the program, please contact the Universities Australia secretariat