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QUT shines at Education and Training awards in Shanghai

Date: 05 July 2010

QUT's strong commitment to international education and partnerships in China has resulted in a dominant showing at the Queensland-China Education and Training Awards for Excellence.

Held during Queensland Week celebrations at the Australian Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010 on 22 June, QUT was honoured in four of the six categories.

Organised by Queensland Education and Training International (QETI), which is part of Trade Queensland, the awards celebrate outstanding Chinese students and alumni; highlight the contributions made by international students to both Queensland and Chinese classrooms and communities; and showcase the strengths of Queensland's international education and training industry.

QUT PhD graduate Professor Fran (Feng) Han was awarded 'Joint Winner of Alumnus of the Year in Research' and the Creative Industries Faculty was named joint winner for 'Best Practice in Collaborative Research'.

Ms Lan Yin was Highly Commended in the 'Student of the Year (Higher Education)' category and the Faculty of Education Partnership with Jiangsu Education Department received a Highly Commended for 'Best Practice in Queensland-China Collaboration (Higher Education)'.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development) Scott Sheppard said QUT's success was a result of strong links with China for many years.

"QUT's success in the recent QETI Queensland-China Education and Training Awards for Excellence reflect our enduring and multi-dimensional relationships with Chinese institutions and partners that span our 'real world' collaborative teaching and research endeavours," he said.

"QUT is very proud of its graduates and its real world engagement. However, credit must be given to our winners as it is their dedication and hard work which has resulted in such worthy nominations and awards."

Since completing her doctoral thesis at QUT in 2007, Professor Han, 'Joint Winner of Alumnus of the Year in Research', has been leading cultural landscape research and conservation in China.

In addition to her award-winning teaching and research as Assistant Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongi University in Shanghai, Professor Han's expertise is highly sought after including her involvement in UNESCO's program of Conservation of World Heritage sites in China and is an expert in the international evaluation of World Heritage nominations.

Creative Industries' award for 'Best Practice in Collaborative Research' was for its global recognition as an initiator of creative industries research and policy in China.

Executive Dean of the Creative Industries Faculty Professor Susan Street said "the Faculty has been working closely with partners from government and industry to position itself as a leader in the development of creative industries nationally and aims to become an internationally-networked hub of creative enterprise".

"The award gives us recognition that QUT's Creative Industries Faculty is at the forefront of pioneering international research initiatives in creative industries policy and applied creative industries research."

Master of Business student Ms Lan Yin received a Highly Commended for her academic excellence and volunteer work, while the Faculty of Education Partnership with Jiangsu Education Department was recognised as an exemplary model for Australia-China collaboration.

QUT's standing in China is further enhanced by the establishment of Queensland's first Confucius Institute to promote the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture, and since 2006 QUT has been a university of choice for high achieving scholars by the prestigious China Scholarship Council.

Website: http://www.international.qut.edu.au

Content sourced from QUT News Web Service.


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