In 2019 Victoria University (VU) celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Transnational Education (TNE) partnership with Liaoning University (LU) in China, through its joint education institute: the Asia Australia Business College (AABC).
Over 5,000 high-achieving students have graduated from VU’s business courses at AABC, which currently require a Tier 1 Gaokao score (ATAR equivalent of 90) as the minimum requirement for entry.
On September 11, the anniversary was formally recognised at a special opening ceremony event hosted by LU at which VU delegates, as well as 435 students of the new 2019 AABC intake, were in attendance. Mr Steve Berridge, Senior Vice-President, Future Students and Planning at VU delivered a speech to the almost 500 strong audience. He highlighted important characteristics of the program at AABC including its modern pedagogy, entrepreneurial spirit as well as the benefits of the course delivery in English. “In summary, these characteristics together can be accurately termed as ‘21st century global employment capabilities'”, said Mr Berridge.
Graduates from AABC acquire the benefits that come with an international and bicultural professional education, and also have the opportunity to complete part of their degree or undertake postgraduate studies at VU in Melbourne. AABC alumni now occupy high-level positions in private banking and finance, as well as in the public sector, in both China and Australia.
Mr Berridge summarised the successful collaboration, “the strong academic partnership between our universities has delivered excellence for the past 20 years and will continue to do so in the future.”