New schools partnership

The Confucius Institute at UNSW has commenced a strategic new partnership with three leading Chinese schools in Sydney.

As part of a new school outreach program, the Confucius Institute has formed an exciting strategic partnership with three leading community based Chinese schools in the greater Sydney Metropolitan Area. 

The partnership falls under the Affiliated Teaching Base program designed by Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing and is designed to provide increased resources to the wider education community and increase linkages between schools-based Chinese language learning and studying Chinese as part of a university degree. 

“We see a future where students have a seamless experience from the moment they commence their Chinese studies at school to progressing to a Chinese major at tertiary level,” said UNSW Australia’s Director of China Strategy & Development Laurie Pearcey. 

“There needs to be an enduring link between learning materials and the mode of instruction delivered at schools and universities if students are to have a valuable outcomes-oriented experience learning Chinese. This model is about providing resources as well as connecting school students to the wider outreach and cultural program offered through the global Confucius Institute network,” Mr Pearcey further said. 

The partnership involves UNSW Australia, Sydney Chinese School, Datong Chinese School and Fenghua Chinese School. 

Sydney Chinese School is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014 and has received numerous community accolades. Da Tong was formed in 1992 and has grown from an initial enrolment base of only ten students to its current cohort of several hundred students. Fenghua was established in 1998 and became Australia’s first experimental base for China’s Jinan University’s College of Chinese Language Studies. It was also recognised by China’s prestigious Song Qingling Foundation as an experimental base for its flagship Chinese reading plan. 

The partnership was finalised at a special signing ceremony in Sydney that was attended by community representatives and the Education Office of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney.