Go8-CSC MoU signed to increase two-way mobility

16 Apr 2015
Go8-CSC MoU signed by Professor Paul Johnson and Dr Liu Jinghui

The Group of Eight (Go8) signed an MoU with the globally prestigious China Scholarship Council (CSC) on 15 April 2015, aiming to promote the two-way flow of university students and staff between Australia and China.

The non-profit CSC was set up by the Chinese government to promote mutual understanding, cooperation and exchanges in politics, economics, culture, education and trade between China and other countries. The Chinese Ministry of Education has responsibility for administration and program enrolments. The CSC offers merit-based student mobility scholarships that fund to “outstanding” international undergraduate and post graduate students to study at designated universities in China and overseas.

The Go8-CSC partnership is an important platform not just for building student exchanges but also for fostering research connections and collaborations. The MoU will facilitate two-way opportunities for university staff to undertake cross-cultural professional development and training between Go8 members and Chinese universities. The Go8 members are keen to play a greater role in hosting more quality Chinese students through CSC programs. In addition the Go8 plans to use the CSC agreement to offer a trusted platform for Australia and China to share ideas and experiences on international education policy and practice.

Chief Executive of the Go8 Vicki Thomson says “the Go8 is extremely proud that the CSC has agreed to invite our universities to join with it, enabling the Go8 to make available such a prestigious learning opportunity for our students.”

Ms Thomson says the position of Go8 universities in international rankings, coupled with the quality of students entering a Go8 university and the quality of its graduates, had made such an invaluable MOU possible.

“The MOU with the CSC is particularly important at this time as it will operate in parallel with the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan which, so vitally, is increasing Australian student mobility into Asia. For the Go8 to be able to further ensure this mobility, so important to Australia’s future, through the CSC’s agreement to work with us, is a first to be very proud of.”

This memorandum of understanding was signed on 15 April 2015 in Perth, where CSC secretary-general Liu Jinghui was leading a visiting delegation that consisted of 16 Chinese leading universities. Prior to the MoU signing, the delegation also visited the University of Queensland in Brisbane and participated in a "Study in China" event during the UQ Global Experiences Expo. 

On 16 April 2015, the Go8 and CSC held a strategic policy Forum on Australia’s outward-bound New Colombo Plan and international student management at the UWA campus. See more details about the Forum and CSC delegation, please click here.

To view Go8 media release on this MoU, please click here.