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Curtin signs student exchange agreement with Fudan University

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Curtin University today marked a milestone in its relationship with one of China’s premier universities, Fudan University in Shanghai, paving the way for a student exchange program.

Under a new student exchange agreement, Curtin undergraduate students in the Faculty of Humanities will undertake study visits to Fudan University to study Chinese media and culture.

It is proposed that undergraduate students from Fudan University will also undertake a semester of study in Curtin’s journalism program.

The agreement was signed by Curtin’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Humanities Professor Majella Franzmann and Fudan University’s Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Professor Chu Xiaoquan, at a ceremony in Shanghai, China.

Professor Franzmann said the signing of the agreement marked a new era of cooperation that will open the doors to student and staff mobility and research collaboration between the two institutions.

“This is a big day for Curtin Humanities students and I am confident that this agreement will lead to many new opportunities for cooperation,” Professor Franzmann said.

“This is the first agreement of its kind Curtin has signed with Fudan University, which is among the top universities in China.

“The signing of the agreement coincides with a visit by the first group of Curtin Humanities students to Fudan University, who are currently taking part in lectures and visiting major media outlets.”

Associate Professor Steve Mickler, Head of Curtin’s School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, said today’s signing was the culmination of discussions between the two universities over the last four years.

“Over recent years we have developed a strong working relationship with Fudan University that has seen exchange visits by academics from both universities to present lectures and participate in research seminars,” Associate Professor Mickler said.

Associate Professor Joseph Fernandez, Head of Curtin’s Department of Journalism, said the signing of the agreement presented a unique opportunity for Curtin students in an increasingly globalised media landscape.

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