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Forging new paths for Victorian students in China

Victorian students will have greater access to intensive Mandarin language study and internship opportunities in China.

Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis met with China Education Association for International Exchange Deputy Secretary-General Mr Zong Wa to sign a letter of intent for the Victorian Study and Internship in China Program (VSICP).

The internship program will offer up to 100 positions for Victorian students undertaking tertiary study over four years.

It’s an opportunity to create better employment outcomes for students and improve cultural and economic ties between Victoria and various provinces in China.

Interns will also become ambassadors for Victoria while studying in Chinese institutions and globally reputable organisations.

The Victorian Government has a proud history of building strong connections with China and promoting sister-city experiences.

The Hamer Scholarships Program is a key outcome of the sister-state relationship, with 115 Victorian professionals and students undertaking the six-month intensive language course in Jiangsu Province since its introduction.

The Government also established the Victorian Young Leaders to China program, which gives Victorian students the opportunity to travel to China for a six-week cultural immersion course.

China is one of Victoria’s most important relationships and our largest trading partner, with two-way trade between Victoria and China valued at more than $20.4 billion in 2014-15.

Victorian businesses will continue to benefit from stronger relationships with Chinese businesses as a result of Government initiatives including Victoria’s New China Strategy: Partnerships for Prosperity, which sets a clear vision to make Victoria China’s trade and investment gateway to Australia.

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