With a sister-state relationship between Victoria and Sichuan province signed in 2016, applicants can now undertake a Hamer Scholarship in one of China’s most dynamic and rapidly growing regions.

The Hamer Scholarships now also provides Victorians the opportunity to study Chinese at Sichuan University in Chengdu, the provincial capital. Sichuan University, one of China’s most prestigious universities, was established in 1896.Sichuan University image

Why Sichuan? Why Chengdu?

  • Sichuan province, known as the ‘land of abundance’ (天府之国), is one of the fastest growing economies in China—almost the size of Singapore and New Zealand's economies combined
  • Sichuan is pushing a strong innovation agenda, through research partnerships and collaboration with industry partners in the education, digital technology, health and renewable energy sectors
  • Chengdu, with its increasing urbanisation and connectivity, is regarded as one of China’s most liveable cities
  • Chengdu has been ranked among the top most start-up friendly cities in China and its High-Tech Zone is often described as the 'Silicon Valley of Western China'
  • As part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Chengdu is a gateway to Europe and Central Asia
  • China Sichuan Airlines offers direct flights between Chengdu and Melbourne
  • Sichuan is also home to China’s national treasure: the giant panda

Victoria’s relationship with Sichuan

  • Victoria’s relationship with Sichuan has continued to strengthen since the Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) office was first opened in Chengdu in 2013
  • The VGTI in Chengdu supports trade and investment opportunities between Victoria and Southwest China particularly in the areas of liveability, education, tourism, sport, agribusiness, food and beverages

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