Universities Australia (UA) has a long standing close relationship with its counterpart organisation in China, The China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). UA and CEAIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in October 1998, which was renewed in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2012 and 2017. The purpose of this agreement is to promote cooperation which will advance teaching, research, scholarship and management in their member institutions.

The latest re-signing of the UA-CEAIE was in November 2017. The signing ceremony coincided with the Deputy Secretary General of CEAIE, Ms Shen Xue Song leading a delegation of 66 leaders from Chinese universities to visit Universities Australia. This latest iteration of the agreement includes a new focus on work-integrated learning and employability and student services. The accompanying 2017-2020 UA-CEAIE workplan commits the organisations to working together to build and enhance relationships between regional Australian and Chinese universities.

A major part of the program of activities run by UA and CEAIE is the China-Australia Higher Education Cooperation Program. Since its establishment in 1999, the program has supported more than 200 university leaders, from Vice-President to Director level, from both Australia and China to travel to each other’s country for two to four weeks of training and mentoring.

The program has built opportunities for collaboration and deepened the relationship between the Chinese and Australian university sectors. The number of partnerships between Australian and Chinese universities has significantly increased as a result of this program. Following the priorities of the UA-CEAIE workplan, the latest version of the program targets participation by Australian regional universities, with a view to increasing linkages between Australian regional and Chinese universities in second and third-tier cities. 

Previous engagement activities with China

China Australia Executive Leadership Program (CAELP) 1 Aug 2013
CAELP is a senior university leadership program jointly managed by Universities Australia and the China Education Association for International Exchange.
Chair of Australian Studies in China 12 Feb 2013
Universities Australia has signed an MOU with the Foundation for Australian Studies in China to provide three years funding at $155000 pa to support to the establishment of the Chair of Australian Stu ...
Australia-China University Leaders Forum 2012 30 Nov 2012
From the first Australian and Chinese exchange students in the 1970s, to today's successful shadowing programs, research collaboration and joint campuses, the bilateral education relationship has deep ...
China Australia Middle Managers Program (CHAMMP) 30 Aug 2012
CHAMMP supports senior administrators and research leaders of universities in Australia and China to travel to study first-hand the high level administration and research leadership of the universitie ...
Historic Activities with the CEAIE 1 Jan 2012
Former activities and projects between the CEAIE and Universities Australia

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