Education focus kicks off China visit

Published on 06 March 2018

Only a few days into our two-week visit to China and I’m constantly reminded of the value of this relationship and the benefits of our reciprocal visits.

Leading a delegation from Sunraysia that includes representatives from SuniTAFE and La Trobe University, we met with SuniTAFE’s agent in China on the weekend – Beijing Hudson International Education Institute – in Wuhan, which is one of the most prestigious cities in middle China.

Wuhan has a population of more than 12 million and is home to Donghu University and Wuhan Institute of Technology, which together boast combined student populations of about 40,000.

Beijing Hudson International Education Institute President, Mr Yang Kun, was enthusiastic about a positive relationship with Mildura, siting the positive feedback he’d already received from international students who’d studied at SuniTAFE over the past five months.

Mr Yang indicated he was confident in the high standard of education opportunities provided by SuniTAFE and the safe environment for visiting students.

This is great feedback, and with a plan to develop ongoing relationships with Wuhan universities and their large student population, I’m sure you can see the massive potential, not just for our region, but Sunraysia students seeking to study in China.

These plans include the possibility of a Diploma in Accounting that could be started in Wuhan and completed in Mildura, which would develop strong economic results for our region.

The reception we’ve received in Wuhan has been fantastic and every detail has been organised very professionally – I’m certainly honoured to be here representing our city and look forward to the remainder of my stay.


Cr Mark Eckel


Mildura Rural City Council