La Trobe Students Embark for ACSF 2015

A Chinese proverb once stated that "Whoever travels far, knows much".

A fitting statement given that during late November, twenty students from La Trobe University will embark on an exciting journey to Chongqing, China, to participate 2015 Australia China Student Forum (ACSF).

The lucky students will stay there for approximately two weeks taking in the sights and sounds of China, while critically exploring the main theme of the Forum "Multiculturalism – Crosschecking Australia and China Cases" with their peers from Chongqing University.

The forum is designed to give a balanced view on a specific issue for both Chinese and Australian students where the participants gain an insight into the respective cultures. It aims to create a vibrant intercultural platform where the people of the two countries work together to enhance cultural diversity, awareness, and a mutual understanding through a series of academic and cultural activities.

From 2007 to 2015, we have sent over 200 La Trobe University students to China. The feedback from previous participants has been very positive. The majority of previous participants thought this forum provided a fantastic opportunity to study Chinese, explore China's extensive culture, and experience the social and night life. One participant even commented that the trip is a "life changing and amazing experience".

The 2015 forum was also able to include 10 AsiaBound Grants from Australian Government valued at $2,000, plus another $1,000 for the language learning study. The forum itself is funded by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and is jointly organised by the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University and Chongqing University.

The Confucius Institute wishes all of the students an enjoyable experience and a safe trip this year.

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