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The Melbourne Professor on a personal mission to make life better for international students

Professor Shanton Chang finds it easy to relate to international students. He first became one at the age of 11.

That’s when he left his Malaysian hometown of Kuching to study in Singapore. A decade later, he was off to Perth for university.

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2022-23 Competitive Grants Program

Through our annual grants program, we support Australian individuals and organisations to develop, promote and strengthen understanding and engagement between Australia and China, including at the business and community level, in support of Australia’s national interests.

The 2022-23 grants program is now open. Applications close on October 4. There is up to $6.5 million available in this grant opportunity. For more information click here.

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Want to do business in China? ‘First of its kind’ program breaks down barriers

In less than 24 hours, Chinese online shoppers snapped up more than $1 billion worth of Australian goods.

The year was 2020 and the occasion was the world’s biggest shopping festival, known as “Singles Day”. And despite last year’s event being pared back, many Australian brands remain hugely popular with Chinese bargain hunters.

Little wonder so many Australian companies try to target the market.

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The real-world experiences helping Australian and Chinese international students become more employable

In just a few months, Chinese international student Joie Cao went from having virtually no work experience to landing her dream job.

The key was finding a way to leverage her university studies into something industry needed.

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From lychees to prawns: The Chinese Australian farmer who left his mark on a city

The first time the Wah Days brought lychees to a fruit market in Cairns, some local residents mistook them for apples.

“My grandmother said they just tried to eat the whole lot, with the sharp skin still on,” Lawrence Wah Day recounts with a laugh. Lychees were native to China and possibly one of “the first exotic fruit that people in Cairns had seen”.

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‘Stop, think and feel’: The art exhibition changing the way we see the Asia-Pacific

Chinese migration during Victoria’s gold rush is part of the Australian story.

Perhaps not so well-known, is that more than 16,000 Chinese migrants landed in the South Australian seaport of Robe, after Victoria imposed a tax on arrivals in the late 1850s.

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Beach Smarts for Life Pilot Program

Beach Smarts for Life is a program to introduce Chinese international students to Australian surf lifesaving and beach culture.

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Overcoming language barriers to support informal carers of people with dementia

Professor Lily Xiao is a world-leading expert on caring for people with dementia.

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New museum will be an interactive space to learn about Chinese in Australia

The plan was hatched over a long lunch in Sydney’s Chinatown.

“That’s quite appropriate in a Chinese context,” says Stephen FitzGerald, who was one of the diners that day. “You never do anything serious without discussing it over a meal.”

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Australian Nobel Laureate takes aim at stomach cancer in East Asia

It was such a desperate experiment that he didn’t dare tell his wife.

Barry Marshall was a doctor at the Royal Perth Hospital in 1981 when he became convinced that stomach ulcers were caused by bacteria. That was a big leap from the prevailing wisdom at the time that considered stress to be the underlying factor.

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The new online app helping international students protect their mental wellbeing

Jessica is studying in Melbourne to become a psychologist.

But the Chinese international student says her chosen profession doesn’t mean her mental health takes care of itself.

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Virtual internships open doors for Australian university students in Hong Kong

Amanda Davenport needed a game plan.

She was working for a hotel chain when the COVID-19 pandemic began and knew things were about to get tough in her industry.