20 September 2016

Young Australian Ambassadors Delegation In-Country Orientation in Shanghai

Global Mobility recently hosted an in-country orientation in China for 14 student ambassadors studying at three exchange partner institutions.

Fourteen students from six programs participated in the Young Australian Ambassadors Delegation (YAAD) 2016, where they are completing a semester in China, followed by an optional internship component. Based on their study areas, the students were placed at one of three partner institutions – Nanjing University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Tianjin Normal University.

They first attended an in-country orientation in Shanghai to help them transition to their new surroundings by refining their cultural intelligence skills, developing their leadership skills and building their local network.

Following YAAD’s reprogramming to be multi-location and multidisciplinary, this first in-country orientation was hosted on 28 and 29 August 2016 at exchange partner Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE). Guosheng Chen (School of Global, Urban and Social Studies) and Anielle Leung (Global Mobility) accompanied the students.

On the first day, the group interacted with SUIBE students and experienced the local culture and language through a martial arts session, a visit to the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower and a night tour of the Huang Pu River.

The second day was tailored around leadership and working in China, with interactive sessions delivered by SUIBE academic staff. Guest speakers Steve Carton (RMIT-YAAD alumnus) and Chris Pan (RMIT-SUIBE alumnus) spoke about their leadership journey and shared practical tips with the group.

Chris encouraged the students “to be innovative, perseverant and grateful to those who help you; to think globally and act locally; to be humble and hungry; and to always be the hardest worker in the room to make every day counted.”

The group ended their second day with a visit to the Austrade Office and an engaging meeting with Shanghai-based Australian Trade Commissioner Karen Surmon. Karen shared the latest trade trends and explained how Austrade can help connect the students to China’s industry experts. Most students in the group expressed that the Austrade session was their most favourite part of the orientation.

The YAAD program will reopen in early 2017. If you would like to participate, go to YAAD.

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