A new degree program at the University of New England is blazing a trail into the Chinese business world just as the Commonwealth Government’s White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century is advocating similar initiatives.
Launched at the beginning of this year, the four-year Bachelor of Advanced Chinese Language and Business Studies program culminates in a year of business study – all in the Chinese language – at one of UNE’s partner institutions in China.
“The program recognises the significance of China as Australia’s major trading partner,” said Professor Alison Sheridan, Head of the UNE Business School, “and is based on the strong relationships we have with our Chinese partners.”
“We wanted to give our students the opportunity to live and study in China – immersing themselves in the culture they want to work in,” she said. “The students currently enrolled in the degree program are looking forward to spending their fourth year at China’s Harbin Engineering University.”
The program has been designed to provide a solid grounding in accounting, economics, finance, organisational development, management and marketing, combined with an equal component of Chinese language and culture.
“This unique combination of business, language, culture, and in-country study will prepare our students to be leaders in meeting the emerging challenges of this century, and in building stronger connections and partnerships across the region,” Professor Sheridan said. “It will qualify them for roles in business management, marketing, financial management, government agencies, consulting, and foreign affairs.”
UNE currently has partnerships – involving advanced standing and cooperation agreements – with eight Chinese educational institutions, bringing hundreds of Chinese students to Armidale. “There’s a strong element of Chinese language and culture on the UNE campus,” Professor Sheridan said, “and this can also contribute to our students’ educational experience.”
For more information on the Bachelor of Advanced Chinese Language and Business Studies degree program go to: www.une.edu.au/courses/2013/courses/BACLBS.