In this 30th anniversary year of the sister state relationship with South Australia and Shandong, the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide, along with Shandong University and Hanban, organised the 10th annual School Principal’s Tour.
Over an 11 day program, school leaders from South Australia visited the cities of Shanghai, Weihai, Qingdao, Jinan and Beijing, making important connections with several Chinese schools and participating in a broad program that allowed information sharing, cultural exchange, school visits, and academic forums.
Included in the program was the 6th China-Australia Principal’s Forum, a great opportunity for cooperation, collaboration and information exchange between Australian and Chinese school leaders.
Other highlights of the tour included home visits, helping to create personal connections to go along with the institutional connections already established, and the early stages of the establishment of a number of new sister-school relationships.
Commenting on the trip, Director of Catholic Education SA, Helen O’Brien revealed that although she had travelled to a great number of countries, and participated in a number of similar investigative activities, this trip to China left the deepest impression.
Since 2007 the Confucius Institute has organised 14 tours to China, both for school principals and for teachers, helping to establish 9 sister school relationships and counting. We are already looking forward to next years trip in 2017!
More photos of the trip can be seen in the Confucius institute’s gallery.