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Chinese Technical College Visits USP

Chinese Technical College Visits USP
USP Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) Professor Derrick Armstrong with the President of Guangdong Industry Technical College, Professor Ye Xiaoming.
December 01
10:50 2015

A delegation from the Guangdong Industry Technical College in China paid a courtesy visit to the University of the South Pacific (USP) last Wednesday.

Guangdong Industry Technical College, founded in 1933, is a full-time vocational college sponsored by the Guangdong Provincial Government and has more than 21,000 students.

The meeting was organised by an alumnus of USP, Mosese Tamanitoakula, who is working at Tour Managers Fiji looking after China operations. This was done in consultation with the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM).

Mr Tamanitoakula had previously completed his one-year internship at Sheraton Qingdao Jiaozhou Hotel in Beijing, as part of his Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel Management course at USP.

Staff of STHM, along with the Dean of the Faculty of Business, Professor Franco Gandolfi welcomed the delegation which met with the deputy vice-chancellor (Research and International), Professor Derrick Armstrong at the USP Laucala Campus in Suva.

In welcoming the delegation, Professor Armstrong said USP had a very close relationship with China and a long history of co-operation with China and its universities.

He said there were some very strong areas of co-operation that could be developed between USP and Guangdong Industry Technical College.

In his remarks, the president of Guangdong Industry Technical College, Professor Ye Xiaoming said that this may be the first time USP received a visit from a technical college from China.

He said that the successful collaboration between USP and Guangdong Industry Technical College would open wider opportunities for other vocational colleges in China to co-operate with USP.

He said the collaboration could come in a number of ways, including student and staff exchange programmes.

Discussions included the possibility of study abroad arrangements, opportunities for Chinese students to study and learn Pacific culture, sports, tourism and hospitality and the English language.

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

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