September 2013 - Visitors from Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine (PNTU), Vietnam

On 13th September 2013 the Discipline of Speech Pathology hosted a visit to the university by the Rector and Vice-Rector of Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine (PNTU), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as part of continuing collaborations between the two universities in the field of Speech Pathology. During their visit Dr Nguyen Thi Ngoc Dung, the Rector of PNTU, and Dr Pham Dang Dieu, the Vice Rector, had discussions with staff from the Speech Pathology discipline, as well as meeting Professor John Germov, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Education and Arts.

In March 2012 a Memorandum of Understanding between UoN and PNTU was signed to facilitate and promote co-operation between the two Universities, as well as investigate opportunities for collaboration in speech-language therapy training, post graduate research and course work programs, exchange of students and staff, joint seminars, publications and supervision etc.

To date, two staff from the speech pathology discipline have provided courses for the PNTU speech therapy program and continuing professional development seminars and workshops for previous graduates. UoN students have also completed clinical placements in Vietnam, and staff have facilitated joint learning activities between UoN and PNTU students, and collaborated on clinical program development and research with graduates of the program. This was the first time that staff from PNTU had been able to visit the University of Newcastle

Pham Ngoc Thach University Visitors

Photograph: Speech Pathology staff with Dr Nguyen Thi Ngoc Dung MD, Rector PNTU (fifth from left) and Dr Pham Dang Dieu MD, Vice Rector (third from left)

May 2013 - Visiting Fellow from University of Science and Technology Beijing

The Faculty of Education and Arts is pleased to be hosting a visit to the University by Duan Cheng-gang, an Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB). Associate Professor Duan is a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty for Semester 1 and 2, 2013.
Associate Professor Duan completed his undergraduate studies at Harbin Teachers' College and Heilongjiang University in China. He was awarded an MA in English Language and Literature from Northwest Normal University in China in 2000. Since September 2000 he has been working as a lecturer at the School of Foreign Language Studies of USTB. He has published eighteen articles (including five CSSCI), written two books and sponsored four province and university-level Research Funds (two as sponsor and two as participant). In 2008 he was appointed as an Associate Professor in Linguistics. Mr Duan is a holder of a China Scholarship Council award supporting his twelve-month Visiting Fellowship at the University of Newcastle. Associate Professor Duan was officially welcomed to the Faculty by Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Germov, who expressed the hope that his visit would lead to further academic and research collaboration between the University of Newcastle and the University of Science and Technology Beijing.

Visiting fellow Beijing

Photograph: Visiting Fellow Associate Professor Duan with the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor John Germov, and Assistant Dean International, Dr Christo Moskovsky.

March 2013 - Visit by Faculty International Students to Wollotuka Institute

On Monday 25th March a group of International students from the Faculty of Education and Arts visited the University's Wollotuka Institute, to find out more about Australia's Indigenous heritage. Staff at Wollotuka spoke to our students about Aboriginal history and culture, and this was followed by
demonstrations of didgeridoo-playing and traditional dancing.

The students also had the chance to join in the dancing and attempt to play the didgeridoo. The students had an enjoyable and informative time, and on the strength of this, such visits might now become a regular part of the Faculty's program for providing an enriching student experience for our International students.

The photograph shows Joe Griffin from Wollotuka demonstrating the didgeridoo.

Joe Griffiths demonstrating didgeridoo 

March 2013 - Visiting Students from Jilin University, China

The Faculty has received its first students through a credit transfer agreement with Jilin University, which is one of the top higher education institutions in China. The two students, He Xiaotong and Qu Yan, are enrolled in the Master of Applied Linguistics program, and will be studying with us in Semester 1, 2013. The Faculty looks forward to welcoming more students from Jilin in the coming semesters.

The photograph shows the two Jilin students with Assistant Dean International, Dr Christo

Visiting students from Jillian University China