Alumni Speaker Series 2016 – Beijing

“The significance and impacts of international student mobility”

Panellist 1: Tasharni Jamieson — Alumni Engagement Officer, Australian Embassy Beijing

Panellist 2: Sarah Feng — Global Recruitment HR Specialist, HNA Aviation

Panellist 3: Amanda Barry — Director of Academics, Faculty and Research, Beijing Centre University of International Business and Economics

Moderator: Andrew Morton — President, ACYA Beijing

On Wednesday October 12, ACYA Beijing got together at the Australian Chamber of Commerce to listen to our expert speaker panel discuss “the significance and impacts of international student mobility”. On our panel of experts were Tasharni Jamieson, Alumni Engagement Officer at the Australian Embassy Beijing; Sarah Feng, Global Recruitment HR Specialist at HNA Aviation; and Amanda Barry, Director of Academics, Faculty and Research at the Beijing Centre University of International Business and Economics. The concept most central to all discussion was the internationalisation agenda of Chinese institutions, be it education, business, or government. This is naturally of particular interest to Australian students, because it translates to opportunities, opportunities, opportunities!

Sarah Feng spoke of several top Chinese companies, including HNA Group, who are tenaciously expanding their operations abroad and the strategy they are using to do so. HNA are particularly progressive in this regard, running a special recruitment program for foreign graduate students, an opportunity already taken by a number of ACYA alumni. HNA remains a valued partner of ACYA, and we encourage anyone interested in working in China to look into the great opportunities they have available. HNA’s global recruitment strategy has allowed them to rapidly expand their global business, as the broader perspectives offered by their international graduates have rapidly provided them with the expertise to succeed in numerous arenas worldwide.

Amanda spoke from the institutional perspective, having worked on international education plans for various universities in both Australia and China, including the University of Melbourne. Universities are perusing a variety of new delivery methods such as in-country programs, online course offerings, and university partnerships, which offer degrees from two institutions in one program. This broad range of options provides all students the ability to internationalise their degree, no matter their financial status. From an institutional perspective however, the approach comes with some risk. Ensuring quality of education, and leveraging exposure to risk while maintaining a diverse range of international offerings are challenges that universities are currently tackling.

Tasharni gave us a unique glimpse into the world of government. Australia has two education officers, and three locally engaged education staff in Beijing. Australia and China have a well-developed framework of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) that help to guide cooperation, but even the government will admit that it is primarily institutions who are forging the way. Some issues still exist, notably in the form of restrictive visa regulations, however the government is committed to liberalising these, and hopes that the number of intrepid students making the journey to study abroad continues to increase in the coming years.

ACYA Beijing would like to thank all attendees, and we hope that you may join us at our next event for more great discussion!