Finalist

Engaged University of the Year Award

Fuzhou Melbourne Polytechnic

Finalist of the Engaged University of the Year Award

"Read ten thousand books, travel ten thousand miles"


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Summary

“Read ten thousand books, travel ten thousand miles.” – Gu Wanyu (1613 – 1682.) As an educational institution with a concrete strategy of international engagement, Fuzhou Melbourne Polytechnic (FMP) embodies Gu Wanyu’s aphorism. Through engagement with the international community, FMP aims to train students not only through academic excellence, but with an authentic ‘international vision,’ an understanding and awareness of international rules and the possession of international professional standards. FMP is a Sino-foreign cooperative institute between Minjiang University and Melbourne Polytechnic in Australia - one of the first of its kind in China. A key way in which FMP pursues international engagement is through facilitating overseas study for its students. To this end, FMP maintains a ‘Study Abroad Department.’ A number of FMP students and graduates have won awards in areas where international engagement has proven to be helpful and many go on to work for multinationals and export-oriented companies. Gu Wanyu is also known for his statement: ‘The fate of the nation is the business of all.’ It is FMP’s contention that international engagement in personal and professional development is a way to guarantee prosperity and give back to the community and to society.

Key People


Zhuo Meiying
President
Fuzhou Melbourne Polytechnic


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Fuzhou Melbourne Polytechnic Facilities

Fuzhou Melbourne Polytechnic Students

Fuzhou Melbourne Polytechnic Campus

I Heart FMP

IMPACT STORY

Impacting lifes

On 28 March, 2015, a delegation from Tasmania visited Minjiang University. Among them was FMP alumnus Xu Zhe, and the Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman. Xu was returning to his alma mater, through which he had been able to study at the University of Tasmania where he obtained a master’s degree.

In Australia, Xu Zhe has been active in the China-Australia relationship, serving as the Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Hobart, Tasmania and co-writing a book with a well-known Australian historian entitled Showcasing Tasmania and the connection to Fujian China. In 2014, Xu Zhe was recognised for his contributions to the China-Australia relationship when President Xi Jinping visited Australia and Xu was invited to a state banquet, which he described as ‘close contact with our former Principal.’ After this event, Xu contacted FMP and stated the following:

‘I am sincerely grateful for the Sino-foreign cooperative platform. … Its internationalised teaching mode helped me adapt to overseas life, complete my studies, successfully gain a decent job, and achieve my value in life. The honour of meeting [President Xi] belongs to my alma mater and the influence it had on me.’

In 2015, a ceremony was held to appoint Xu as chairman of the Australian Alumni association. Xu quoted a Chinese expression: ‘Those who drink water cherish its source, and those who complete study feel grateful to their teacher.’ and stated that he would spare no effort to welcome his fellow graduates and contribute to the advancement of FMP.

LEARNINGS

Lessons learned

Much of our learnings pertaining to our concept of engagement were specific to the Chinese context, but we should emphasise the importance of open-mindedness, diligence and flexibility when pursuing a program of international engagement. An institution must be prepared to accommodate and understand different perspectives, and to prepare students and educators accordingly.

FUTURE PLANS

What's coming?

FMP is committed to continuing its association and collaboration with Melbourne Polytechnic, and staying true to the original aim of cultivating qualified talent to meet the needs of society. We hope to deepen our ties with institutions abroad, and ensure that many more students enjoy the opportunity to travel and study overseas. It is our goal to continue introducing advanced vocational teaching resources and concepts, and to develop the vocational educational system more broadly with the characteristics that we have helped to define.

In October, the 20th China Annual Conference for International Education & Expo was held in Beijing. At this event, FMP’s President, Zhuo Meiying gave a keynote address with the title: ‘Based on the FMP is committed to continuing its association and collaboration with Melbourne Polytechnic, and staying true to the original aim of cultivating qualified talent to meet the needs of society. We hope to deepen our ties with institutions abroad, and ensure that many more students enjoy the opportunity to travel and study overseas. It is our goal to continue introducing advanced vocational teaching resources and concepts, and to develop the vocational educational system more broadly with the characteristics that we have helped to define.

In October, the 20th China Annual Conference for International Education & Expo was held in Beijing. At this event, FMP’s President, Zhuo Meiying gave a keynote address with the title: ‘Based on the New Era, Building a Brand of Sino-Foreign Cooperative Vocational Education.’ This address mirrors our ambitions – to burnish the concept of international engagement, to establish it clearly in the minds of stakeholders as an effective means of guaranteeing positive outcomes for society and the world.


KEY STATISTICS

83

Overseas universities we cooperate with

>1000

Students that FMP has helped to study overseas

96%

Success rate for acquiring overseas student visas

5299

Graduates from FMP

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