What a wonderful reception for Honorary Associate Professor MG Michael at INTI Penang in Malaysia. Students listened to a guest lecture from MG Michael and also about coming to UOW main campus in Wollongong to study their final year Bachelors or continuing study in a range of Masters programs.
Over 180 students were present to listen to the importance of transnational collaborations between UOW and TJPU in Tianjin.
It was great to see so many female engineering candidates in the auditorium.
Katina spoke on the importance of:
(1) practising English language (written and oral)
(2) mixing with domestic students and other international students at Wollongong University, outside immediate culture
(3) taking advantage of the natural setting of Wollongong among hills, mountains, pristine beaches, rainforests, and more.
The advent of China blocking out Google has meant that Chinese professors and research students are not as discoverable or searchable as other researchers around the world. Katina gave a seminar on the potential for Chinese academics and researchers to join communities of practice such as www.iloveengineering.org. It was great to receive feedback less than 24 hours later that a prospective candidate wished to apply for one of the scholarship/fellowship roles they found on the web site after browsing the web pages.
Jiangtao delivered a technical seminar to the students on his research on imaging.
Step 1. English entry
Step 2. Foundation year @ UOWCollege in Wollongong
Step 3. University of Wollongong Engineering 4 year honours degree
"Many thanks for your informative comments during our meeting last week. Thanks, too, for your email that I received today.
[NAME] will take the IELTS examination in September 2015, and will forward his results when received.
We are looking forward to studying in Wollongong and graduating with honors in our respective programs."
"I checked the university from the internet, it's really nice. My desire is to study in that university."
On one of my many trips to China, I was asked to appear in the "Star of Outlook" television series in Hangzhou. Here is a photo taken of the cast, and student finalists. On my right hand side is Prof Ken Jones of Miami University, and on my left is Jonathan Pratt of RMIT University (regional manager of China market recruitment). The filming was a grueling 2 days which seemed to never end. Students had 3 stages of elimination and then got to decide which University they would consider as #1. On the first night after we had retired for several hours, was a detailed marketing recruitment activity where we had the chance to pitch our respective universities and all they had to offer before parents and forthcoming students travelling to the US and Australia for their undergraduate degrees. Among these students were some of China's finest with a variety of non-technical and technical backgrounds. Some candidates on the show had travelled from rural parts of China.