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Enriching Chinese Studies in Canberra Schools

A mentoring project linking the ANU with schools to promote and enrich the study of China and Chinese in the ACT

Learning Chinese calligraphy

[Photo: Calligraphy lesson, by Axel Rouvin, Flickr]

The Association for Learning Mandarin in Australia (ALMA) and the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at the ANU, with the support of the ACT Government Mandarin Culture and Language Grants Program and the ANU Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA), are joining forces to establish a student ambassador project to promote and enrich Chinese Studies in ACT high schools.

This project will match ANU students and researchers with ACT schools to encourage secondary students to further develop their interest in China and pursue Chinese Studies at university. The goal is to connect Asian Studies and Chinese Studies programs in ACT schools with the institutional support of the ANU, and to connect school students with people who can inspire them to continue their studies. The project will also assist ANU Students to become involved in community service, improve their teaching, presentation and leadership skills, and develop their skills as academics.

ANU students can contribute to school programs in various ways, including:

  • Giving a motivational talk about their China experiences;
  • Presenting their China research to enhance school curriculums; or
  • Forming an ongoing mentorship and teaching relationship with a particular high school Chinese program.

All costs will be reimbursed, and stipends may be available for extended commitments.

If you are interested in taking part in this project or for more information, please email

Published: Monday, 8 February 2016

Updated:  11 February 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director, China in the World /Page Contact:  China in the World