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The Second Sino-Australian Education Forum Held Online

Revision:Lei Xinyi; Wu YufanDate:2020/11/18

The Second Sino-Australian Education Forum, co-hosted by SILC Business School, Shanghai University, Australia Research Center of Shanghai University and Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC), was held online from October 31st to November 1st.

The Sino-Australian Education Forum is jointly sponsored by the Australia Research Center of Beijing Foreign Studies University, Shanghai University, Sichuan Normal University and Inner Mongolia Normal University. It was funded by FASIC, and was held annually to focus on academic exchanges about Sino-Australian education.

Themed on “Current Trends and Future Directions in Sino-Australian Education and Cooperation”, the forum focused on education cooperation and development between China and Australia in the VUCA era, and arranged two sub-forums with eleven keynote speeches.

October 31st, the first sub-forum “Educational Cooperation in the VUCA era” was presided by Gu Haiyue, Deputy Director of Australia Research Center, Shanghai University. Scholars from SILC Business School, Shanghai University, Australia Graduate School of Management and Beijing Foreign Studies University shared their current research achievements.

November 1st, the second sub-forum themed on “The Challenge and Development Brought by the VUCA Era” was presided by associate professor Hu Xiaohan from SILC Business School, Shanghai University. Experts stressed the significance of the capacity for independent thinking and critical awareness. Besides, based on the current Sino-Australian  situation, many professors expounded the thoughts and methods to deepen the exchange of educational cooperation in the future.

Deputy Dean of the CCNU Wollongong Joint Institute reviewed the history of Sino-Australian higher education exchange and analyzed the uncertainties and challenges during the VUCA era. He pointed out that educators are supposed to seize new opportunities in the crisis and find innovative ways to adapt to all the changes, which specifically means using “Vigilant Unexceptionable Collaborative Ambitiousto cope with Volatility Uncertainty Complexity Ambiguity.

The forum was supported by FASIC. The reports and discussions presented on this forum attracted thousands of people from home and abroad to watch online.

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