The State Government of Victoria has signed a ground-breaking training and research agreement with the Chinese Government potentially leading thousands of employees to receive training from Victorian education providers.
The Victorian Minister for International Education Steve Herbert has signed a five year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Beijing between Victoria and China's State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA).
The exchange of expertise and research in high growth industry areas, professional development for local and central government officials, exchange of publications and academic materials, and co-hosting international conferences between the two regions are all identified areas for collaboration in the MoU.
SAFEA is an administrative agency of the State Council of China that is responsible for the certification of foreign experts providing expertise in mainland China. It facilitates overseas training for Chinese technical and managerial professionals working in government departments, state-owned enterprises, and government related entities.
The State Government of Victoria and SAFEA have formally recognised the many mutual benefits collaboration and cooperation brings through the MoU signing, such as increased trade and deeper cultural ties.
In April 2016 Victoria's New China Strategy: Partnerships for Prosperity was announced, committing support for the activities of Victorian education providers in China. International Education is Victoria's number one service based export and supports more than 30,000 jobs across the state, generating A$5.6 billion dollars for the economy last financial year.