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UNSW Delegation visits Confucius Institute Headquarters

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UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ian Jacobs visits Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing.

On February 10, Professor Ian Jacobs, UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor, made an official visit in Beijing to Confucius Institute Headquarters, also known as Hanban. Accompanying him were Shahina Mohamed, Operations Director to the President/VC of UNSW; Laurie Pearcey, Executive Director of UNSW International and Director of the Confucius Institute at UNSW; Rachel Wei, China Country Director at UNSW China Representative Office; and Associate Professor Junfang Xi, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UNSW.

Professor Ian Jacobs and his delegation were warmly received by Ms Jing Wei, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, as well as Ms Ren Shifang and Ms Meng Zhaoxi. Their visit included talks about the exciting proposal to establish the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Confucius Institute at UNSW Sydney and further discussion on the Torch Innovation Precinct at UNSW, which will bring together industry, SMEs, entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers from Australia, China and beyond. UNSW and Confucius Institute Headquarters also communicated their support for the possibility of a Chinese Folk Music Discipline to be created at UNSW.

Both parties expressed their enthusiasm for the opportunities that will be created through continual collaboration and close relations between Australia and China. In alignment with UNSW’s 2025 Strategy, the Confucius Institute is committed to the university’s aspiration to be a global leader in change, innovation and positive impact.

UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs and Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Ms Jing Wei
Professor Ian Jacobs tours Hanban's Cultural Centre