On February 4, Political Counselor Qu Guangzhou met and exchanged views with a group of Chinese university students participating in Victoria University's 'Intercultural Leadership Summer Course' programme. Victoria University's Senior Lecturer, School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, Fiona Barker and Senior Coordinator, International Programmes and Business Development, Fiona Mann briefed Counselor Qu on the programme. The programme themes included international leadership, intercultural communication, environment and sustainable development and regional and global issues. The programme is co-sponsored by Victoria University and its partner universities. The Chinese students are invited to participate in a three-week programme to exchange views with the faculty and students of Victoria University. Four courses have been held to date.
Counselor Qu affirmed the positive role of the programme and encouraged the Chinese university students to become the messengers and communication bridge for cultural exchanges between China and western countries by upholding their Chinese heritage, promoting Chinese culture and learning from others. Students from Fudan University, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Xiamen University, Xiamen University of Technology and the Northwest University of Political Science were excited to meet with Counselor Qu and elaborated on their experience participating in the programme. The students noted that they had experienced cultural differences and gained more knowledge of New Zealand and Maori culture. Reflecting on the history and cultural contrasts between the two countries, the students felt a responsibility to protect and advance traditional Chinese culture. The students expressed their dedication to study hard, improve their English and level of professionalism, and to serve the motherland.