Autumn 2019 Update

In April 2019, The Victorian Premier joined joined the Governor of Jiangsu Province, Wu Zhenglong, in Nanjing at a ceremony to mark Victoria’s oldest and most enduring sister-state relationship that has been the cornerstone of Victoria’s Chinese engagement for many years.

Over four decades since 1979, Victoria and Jiangsu have worked together successfully in a range of sectors, including science, technology and innovation, creative arts, and education, and has seen:

  • almost 52,000 tourists from Jiangsu visit Victoria in 2018, which is up nearly 42 per cent since 2014
  • 138 Victorian students taking part in intensive language study in Jiangsu Province thanks to the Victorian Government’s Hamer Scholarships Program, which is about boosting cultural ties and knowledge
  • the Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School at Suzhou having 647 graduates from the school since opening in 2012, with 633 currently studying on campus
  • over 50 Jiangsu and Victorian workers involved in workforce training and development thanks to the Victoria-Jiangsu Health Collaboration Agreement
  • more than 900 medical professionals taking part in reciprocal visits for training and clinical exchanges.

As part of the anniversary, Victoria and Jiangsu will participate in an artist-in-residency program. This will provide the opportunity for a Victorian artist to travel to Jiangsu, to create an artwork to be gifted to our sister-state, with Victoria hosting an artist from Jiangsu.

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