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COSC Delegation Visited New Zealand and Australia

Date: 2015-06-01

From 20 to 27 May, at the invitation of the New Zealand Initiative and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, COSC Vice Chairman Wang Weimin, Counsellor of the State Council Li Lie, Research Fellow of the COSC Xi Jieying and Deputy Director General of the COSC Tang Huadong visited New Zealand and Australia for meetings of think tanks between the two countries and also for a study mission on the topic of adolescents’ education.

On the morning of 22 May, the delegation held talks with the New Zealand Initiative. Dr. Oliver Hartwich, Executive Director and Dr. Eric Crampton, Head of Research explained the working models of New Zealand think tanks and their current research on improving math teaching in New Zealand. Wang Weimin and Tang Huadong respectively introduced the working models of Chinese think tanks and China’s economic development. The two sides exchanged views on promoting educational interactions and mutual learning between the two countries and expressed the will to further bilateral exchanges and cooperation.  

In Wellington, the delegation visited the Ministry of Education of New Zealand. Emily Fabling, DirectorInternational at the Ministry of Education and other officials briefed the delegation on New Zealand education system, the role of the government, major goals and the ongoing programs and reforms to promote inter-school exchanges through establishing school groups, provide educational services to parents and families and help high-school students with transition to universities. The two sides had in-depth discussions on entrance examinations, early childhood education, textbook selection, school administration and fund management, vocational schools and other topics.  

On the morning of May 26, the delegation and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) jointly held a roundtable, with in-depth discussions on the school policy and management in China and Australia. Gary Banks, Chief Executive and Dean of ANZSOG delivered welcoming remarks; Xi Jieying gave a keynote speech on the background and features of the growth of contemporary Chinese adolescents; Ben Jensen, Chief Executive Officer of Learning First made a keynote speech on contemporary Australian adolescents and school policy and management; and Wang Weimin made the closing remarks. The participating experts had a Q&A session on topics of their respective interest, such as changes of Chinese family structures, cultivating students with bad performance, fostering students’ social ability, innovation and leadership and school management systems.

In Melbourne, the delegation also visited the Department of Education and Training of the Victoria State Government. James Melino, Deputy Premier of Victoria and Minister for Education met with the delegation and gave a detailed introduction on education in Victoria.

During the visit in New Zealand, the delegation also visited the ACG Parnell College and the Thorndon School and, in Australia, visited the Milgate Primary School, the East Doncaster Secondary College and the Northern Sydney Institute, party of TAFE NSW and met with the representatives of the Beijing University Alumni Association in Australia.

Chinese Ambassador Wang Lutong in New Zealand and Consul-General Niu Qingbao in Auckland respectively met with the delegation. Consul-General Song Yumin in Melbourne and Education Counsellor Wang Xiaojia at the Consulate General in Sydney accompanied the delegation in attending relevant activities.