Speech by Consul-General Zhao Jian at the China Alumni Evening
Mr Tim Ada, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources,
Mr Liu Guoqiang, President of Australian Tertiary Chinese Teachers Association,
Teachers and Students,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to the Chinese Consulate for the China Alumni Evening. Joining us today are recipients of Victorian government scholarships for China and Chinese government scholarships and winners of the Chinese Bridge Competition. It is the love of the Chinese language and culture that have brought us together today. We also owe it to the Victorian government who has been very supportive of the people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and Australia.
In fact, the Victorian government introduced the Hamer Scholarship in 2012 and the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program in 2013, which have respectively sponsored nine rounds of young Victorians and about a thousand high school students to study in China. Last year, partnering with the China Education Association for International Exchange, the Economic Development Department established the Study Melbourne Language and Internship Program, under which over 20 students will go to study in China each year. On our part, the Chinese government also offers some scholarships to Victorian candidates every year. All this has made the "circle of China alumni" bigger and bigger.
By learning Chinese and visiting China, you can gain a better and deeper understanding of the Chinese culture, China's development and the Chinese people. China, both an ancient and modern country, is experiencing rapid changes. The Chinese people are working hard to pursue a better life. And committed to reform, opening up and win-win cooperation, we are ready to work with friends in other countries to build a better world. I believe that the experiences of studying in China will be an important fond memory of your life.
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