TAFE Western has formed a unique partnership with the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) Shanghai office that will see China-based Wen Gu work for the organisation one day a week.
Wen’s role will be to provide day-to-day support for TAFE Western’s business partners in China, increase TAFE Western’s presence in China as well as supporting TAFE Western staff and students when they are visiting.
“I believe Australia provides high quality vocational training and this is something that can benefit countries like China,” Wen said.
“There has been a push from the Chinese Government to increase the overall quality of vocational training over here. With this in mind, along with the recently signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between China and Australia, I don't see a better time to explore further collaboration between the two countries.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work for TAFE Western and I look forward to a productive year ahead.”
Wen grew up in China and completed a Bachelor of Law in Shanghai. In 2007, Wen moved to Melbourne and completed a Master of Communications and Media Studies at Monash University. She then worked in Melbourne in international education roles.
Along the way Wen married an Australian from rural NSW and they are now based in Shanghai where Wen is the Business Engagement Manager for AustCham.
“Wen is very excited about working for TAFE Western and brings considerable experience which will assist us to grow our business opportunities in China,” TAFE Western Institute Director Kate Baxter said.
“I appreciate TAFE Western's vision to look at China and senior management's commitment to a long-term plan,” Wen added.
“I am thrilled to be part of this and look forward to making a contribution to enhance TAFE Western's presence in China.”