A dancing lion, Chinese calligraphy and folk music were among the highlights of UNSW’s 5th Chinese New Year Celebration at the beautiful Chinese Garden of Friendship.
President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs hosted the 2019 UNSW Chinese New Year Celebration and took the opportunity to reflect on the many positive aspects of UNSW’s relationship with China across education, research and knowledge exchange throughout 2018.
Highlights of the last 12 months include:
- Educating a record 15,000 Chinese students
- The Torch initiative building a research contract pipeline worth $195 million and winning global recognition as 2018’s public/private partnership of the year at the PIEoneer Awards held in London – an acknowledgment of the far-reaching benefits for researchers, industry partners, entrepreneurs, investors, and policy makers in Australia and China
- Opening of the new UNSW China Centre in Shanghai
- Launching a landmark partnership with the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Science and Development and the world’s leading academic publishing house Springer Nature
In concluding his welcome speech Professor Jacobs noted “the ties between UNSW and our Chinese friends have never been more robust or more productive” and that “this year is particularly significant as the Year of Pig coincides with the 70th Anniversary of both the People’s Republic of China and UNSW Sydney.”
The celebration was attended by Mr Zhao Wenfei, Deputy Consul-General of the Chinese Consulate in Sydney along with 110 of UNSW’s government, research, academia and business partners. Professor Jacobs also sent his Chinese New Year greetings in Mandarin to herald the Year of the Pig.
We wish everyone the very best health and prosperity for the Year of the Pig. Gong Xi Fa Cai! (May you have a prosperous New Year!)