Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM AWST
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Veronika Fitzgerald
CISWA Executive Officer

0411 913 730


Cultural Awareness: Working Effectively with Students and Partners from China
THURSDAY 13th May 2021
10.00am - 12.00pm

Since COVID-19 the number of international students studying in Australia, including those from China, has dropped dramatically. Even worse, the current tensions between the Chinese and Australian governments present a serious risk to the recovery of this sector. This Professional Development seminar focuses on three relevant aspects:


1. Working with Chinese universities and educational authorities:

  • How is the Chinese education system different from Australia?
  • What are the attitudes of Chinese families and of the Chinese Government towards Australian education?
  • What effect does this have on relationships with Chinese educational institutions and on marketing into China?
  • What practical impact do these issues have when attempting to build relationships with Chinese institutions?


2. Working with students from a Chinese background:

  • In what ways are they different from students who have been educated in Australia?
  • Are they ‘just’ rote learners?
  • In what ways does their Chinese educational and cultural background affect their studies in Australia?


3. Working with education agents in China - Q&A Panel

The focus of this last panel session will be on building relationships with education agents and the best practice in working with education agents in China, as well as current Chinese attitudes to Australian education, concerns potential students and their families might have, prospects for recruitment etc. 




Subjects covered will include:

Chinese families’ and the Chinese Government’s attitudes to Australian education

Brooke Hartigan, Minister-Counsellor, Education, Australian Embassy, Beijing


The Chinese education system and differences between Chinese and Australian students

Dr Kevin McKenna, President of CISWA and formerly DVC International, Curtin University


Supporting Chinese students currently locked in China

o Dr Katherine Su Nie, Founding Director, Australia China International Cultural Exchange Society, based in Guangzhou

Working with education agents in China - Q&A Panel

Walter Ong, Consultant, WiO Consult

Fengmei Guo, International Account Manager, International Office, Edith Cowan University

Lily Xu, Greater China Recruitment Manager, Curtin University, based in Shanghai


Building relationships with Chinese universities and colleges

Celia Cornwell, Dean International, Murdoch University



Register Now! *If you are unsure if your institution holds a current paid CISWA Membership then please contact the CISWA Office via email info@ciswa.com

If your institution has been adversely affected by COVID-19 crisis and you cannot get funding to attend a PD session, CISWA will support you with a 50% discounted $75 fee, or fee-free if your situation requires that level of support. Please contact Veronika on