ACTET Director Brian Ursich had the pleasure of meeting with officers and officials of the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training, particularly those in the Department of Vocational and Technical Education on a trade mission to Hanoi in May this year. In addition, Mr Ursich met with the staff of Construction College 4, which is aiming to cooperate with Australian educators in the construction industry. Mr Ursich was supported in his agenda by the expert staff at Austrade Hanoi with particular regard to the Education Commissioner, SEASAP.
ACTET Gateway attended the China International SME Fair (CISMEF) in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China between the 15th and 18th September 2010. Australia was the sole co-host country for the fair, which took place at the Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center. ACTET was positioned alongside the ACT Government which was showcasing all its fine attributes as an international education destination. Austrade Guangzhou assisted ACTET Gateway in arranging meetings with Chinese education agents and providers from the region.
ACTET Director Brian Ursich attended the ACT Government Mission to China between the 13th to the 18th of September. The Mission travelled to Shanghai and Guangzhou. Mr Ursich attended a VIP event at the Australian Pavillion of the Shanghai World Expo with Ms Kelly Ke, Business Consultant with DST Global Solutions in Shanghai and who is a friend of ACTET providing China expertise to the company for many years. The event at the Pavillion was presided over by The Head of Mission, Andrew Barr, Education Minister of the ACT Government, a Silver Sponsor of the Australian Pavillion. ACTET also participated in the China International Small and Medium Enterprises Fair (CISMEF) in Guangzhou. CISMEF was a large event of which Australia was the sole co-host country and it showcased Australian industry capabilities in many areas including international education.
ACTET Director Brian Ursich accompanied Uniflow Technology Developer Chris Strydom on a Trade Mission to the Tianjin and Hebei Districts from the 24th to the 30th of September 2010 to survey potential manufacturing for a new product in the static seal industry. This was Mr Strydom’s first trip to China and he found it enjoyable on many levels of experience. The tour included both small and large manufacturers and logistics companies. It was noticed by both Mr Ursich and Mr Strydom the accelerated economic development of this most important centre in the Chinese economy, and it was matched by the hospitality of the Tianjin people.
ACTET Gateway has had the pleasure of making two visits to one of the most progressive VET training organisations in Northern China. The Tianjin Sino-German Vocational Technical College is a model vocational organisation, approved by both the Tianjin Municipal Government and the Chinese Ministry of Education. The College was founded out of a direct agreement between the Chinese and German governments and has gone on to form cooperation projects with organisations in Spain, Canada, Singapore, Japan and other countries. Sino-German specialises in teacher training and the training of high-tech workers such as Tianjin workers who operate on the Airbus A320 assembly line. Director Brian Ursich visited the Sino-German Technical College in April 2010 to open discussions about establishing a high-quality training program for the construction industry with the aim of instituting international accreditation in the industry for both Chinese and Australian working professionals. Brian Ursich returned to Sino-German for further talks on an ACT Trade Mission in July 2010 supported by an ACT Chief Minister’s Business Director and Austrade Business Consultant. Discussions are continuing to bring about an Australian cooperation with this growing technical training organisation.
Director Brian Ursich of ACTET attended the ACT Trade Mission to China in early July 2010. The Head of Mission was Jon Stanhope, Chief Minister of the ACT. The focus of the Mission was to help ACT businesses develop relationships with key customers and contacts through organised meetings, appointments and social events. ACTET met with a Deputy Director of the Beijing Municipal Education Exchange in Beijing and with directors from the Tianjin Sino-German Vocational Technical College in Tianjin. Another focus of the Mission was the 2010 Shanghai World Expo where the ACT Government is a Silver Sponsor of the Australian Pavillion. VIP events were held at the Pavillion, courtesy of the ACT Government.
ACTET Director Brian Ursich attended an ACT Austrade Mission to Vietnam between the 30th of May and the 7th of June 2010 aided by Robert Chua of the TradeStart Program. This was the first marketing mission to Vietnam for ACTET and many objectives were achieved. The Mission activities were divided between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. ACTET exposed its products to many education agents and made a positive relationship with the Vietnamese Ministry of Education. Vietnam will ‘roll-out’ a major initiative to make English a second language in the country in the next ten years. ACTET was very lucky at the outset of this initiative to find a very good cooperating partner with which to start a new English language training school in Hanoi City.
As part of the China Australia Governance Program funded by AusAID, another delegation from the Central Party School (CPS) visited Australia in June 2010 to sign an MOU of cooperative planning with the Australian National University (ANU); visit the Productivity Commission; and meet Treasurer Wayne Swan in Canberra. As their visit coincided with the visit of their Principal and Vice-President of China, Xi Jinping, a dual-signing ceremony took place with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at Parliament House on 21st of June 2010. ACTET Gateway managed the logistics of this historic visit by the Central Party School.
A delegation from the National Reform Commission of the NDRC visited Australia between the 27th of November and the 5th of December, 2009. The purpose of their visit was to learn from the Australian historical urbanisation process and the regulatory and management systems governing the operation of the land market in a free market environment, including freehold and leasehold in the ACT, and how it has contributed to the urbanisation process and population movement in Australia. ACTET Gateway managed the logistics of this thirteen-member delegation tour which was headed by a Deputy Director-General of the NDRC and included meetings in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. The group attended workshops with Bill Russell, the Department of Sustainability and Environment of Land Victoria and VicUrban in Melbourne and had extensive sessions with the ACT Planning and Land Authority in Canberra.
A Delegation from the International Cooperation Centre (ICC) of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) visited Australia between the 19th and the 29th of October, 2009 as part of a project initiated in China under the China Australian Governance Program (CAGP) funded by AusAID and managed by GHD Hassall: the Public Services Delivery System Reform in China Project. ACTET Gateway co-facilitated the meetings and managed the logistics of the visit along with the Queensland Government Department of Infrastructure and Planning. Site visits in Queensland included an airport link and wastewater treatment plant. The delegation finished their tour in Sydney where they received presentations from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA), the Australian Green Infrastructure Council (AGIC) and the Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC). The delegation also participated in cultural excursions in the Sydney metropolitan area.