Education Talking Points 10-09-15


Date: Thursday, 10th September 2015

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Chinese ambassador Ma Chao-Xu’s highlights education benefits of ChAFTA (Chinese)

Source: Ministry of foreign affairs, 3rd September 2015

In a recent speech Chinese Ambassador Ma Chao-Xu has highlighted his intent to enhance education cooperation in the bilateral relationship, post the finalisation of the FTA. The relationship is currently growing at fast pace and the the introduction of the 462 visa for Chinese teenagers to experience life in Australia is expected to add to the growth. Importantly, the number of Australian students coming to study in China is also on the rise, with the 500 this year expected to rise to 900 next year.


Teachers accuse global education giant of profiting out of conflict of interest (English)

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 10th September 2015

NSW teachers and politicians have lashed out at the potential conflict of interest that a multi-billion dollar British private education firm has in the state’s education system. Pearson, the world’s largest education business has held the $41.6 million contract for marking NAPLAN in NSW since 2011. At the state’s budget estimates, Greens MP John said that the conflict of interest lies in Pearson being able to grade the tests and also generate revenue out of the same exams was obvious.

Huawei Partners with Southern Cross University of Australia to Build ‘Better Connected Education’ (English)

Source: Yahoo Finance, 3rd September 2015

Huawei, in partnership with SCU, hosted the recent 2015 Education Summit on the Gold Coast. The event served as a key discussion forum for addressing the trends and challenges shaping the future of education in the digital age. Among the discussions was the shift in traditional teaching and learning procedures to hybrid and diverse methods whereby students are at the center of the learning process. Importantly, with increased digital transformation, personalised online learning is gaining greater momentum.


NSW schools minister denies ‘blowout’ (English)

Source:, 31st August 2015

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has refused to reveal how much his government plans to spend rolling out a controversial computer system that’s already cost taxpayers more than half a billion dollars. The IT program has been set up in 229 pilot schools, at a cost of more than $570 million. He refused to detail the projected total cost of the system, but dismissed suggestions of a cost “blowout”, although a report revealed the roll-out was both over-time and over-budget.



This brief summarises a range of publicly available news articles in both Chinese and English and AustCham takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information in these articles. In addition, the views and opinions reflected in these articles are not necessarily representative of AustCham.

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