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The Confucius Institute assists Chinese students take a virtual dive into the Great Barrier Reef
Using its first-ever video link to students in China, Reef HQ Aquarium will showcase the beauty and wonder of the Great Barrier Reef to the world’s most populous nation.
The Reef videoconference will bring together three schools — one from China and two from Victoria — on Wednesday 26 November.
As the national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef, Reef HQ Aquarium will give Beijing Academy students the opportunity to learn about one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, while simultaneously interacting with students from Orbost Secondary College and Korumburra Secondary College in Victoria.
Reef HQ Aquarium director Fred Nucifora said the award-winning videoconferencing program aimed to break down geographical boundaries to provide students from around the world with rich, interactive and visual learning experiences.
“We’re very excited about our first ever videoconference with China, and hope it’s the first of many,” said Mr Nucifora.
“We’ve taken the Reef to nearly every corner of the globe with this technology, however China was one country where we had yet to visit.
“The beauty of videoconferencing is that it acts as a virtual field trip for students, bringing the Reef directly into the classroom.
“It means the tyranny of distance is a thing of the past, because we can enhance student’s knowledge of the Reef by extending the outreach of our education efforts.
“There are many stories to tell about this underwater world and its remarkable marine life, but being able to show people visually, no matter where they are, makes the experience much richer for all involved, particularly as it allows participants to ask the scuba-diver questions in real-time.”
During the videoconference, a scuba diver will take students on a journey to see the aquarium’s living coral reef ecosystem and the creatures that call it home.
“I also hope this experience may prompt many Chinese families to come and see the Reef first-hand, so they further understand why it’s so important to protect one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth,” Mr Nucifora said.
Reef HQ Aquarium has used its videoconferencing technology to reach 700 locations over the past five years, directly engaging with more than 60,000 participants.
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Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne’s 10th Anniversary Celebration- An evening with Nanjing University’s Traditional Chinese Music Orchestra
The Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne presents a 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert by the renowned Nanjing University Traditional Chinese Music Orchestra on August 24th. This performance will form part of NJU Orchestra's Australian tour, where they will perform 9 times across 4 states and territories. The evening will also include the announcement of the winner of the Xiamen Airlines photo competition who will receive a free ticket to China. Please join us for an evening of traditional Chinese music and celebration with friends of the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne.
We are proud to continue our Business Beginners Chinese Language Course in Term 3 in partnership with the Bank of Melbourne, which will run from July 20-September 21.
Please find the details below: Level: Chinese Business Beginners (no previous language learning required) Date: July 20-September 21 2017 (Thursdays).
Where: Bank of Melbourne, Level 2, 525 Collins St, Melbourne. Cost: $438 for new students. $394 for CI returning students, UoM alumni and Bank of Melbourne stakeholders (includes textbook, GST and course materials)
Register: via the Asialink E-Cart
Questions and enquiries: Ms. Linlin Lu 90358204.