17 October 2019 at 9:00 am

University of Auckland launches new Aulin College in China

Aulin College is the latest transnational education initiative between New Zealand and China, and the evidence of the strong relationship between Kiwi and Chinese providers.

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Launch of Aulin College in September, from left to right: Liu Zhiming, Dean of Aulin College, NEFU; Song Wenlong, Assistant President, NEFU; Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Vice-Chancellor, UoA; Prof Li Bin, President, NEFU; Professor Jenny Dixon, DVC Strategic Engagement, UoA; Professor John Hosking, Dean of Faculty of Science, UoA.

Aulin College is a joint institute with China’s Northeast Forestry University (NEFU) in the city of Harbin, Heilongjiang Province. It took on its first cohort of approximately 270 Chinese students in September, and will deliver courses at bachelor’s and master’s level in biotechnology, chemistry, computer science and technology – big data and ecology.

Students of Aulin College will be taught in part by University of Auckland academic staff on NEFU’s campus, then transfer to Auckland in July 2022.

Education New Zealand Director for Greater China, Miranda Herbert, says the launch of Aulin College is another significant milestone in the educational relationship between New Zealand and China.

“Transnational education is a key strategy in the internationalisation of New Zealand education,” she says. “New Zealand places great importance on its education relationship with China, and I’m delighted to see our institutions continue to strengthen their connections.”

This is the second joint institute between Chinese and New Zealand providers. The first was between the University of Waikato and Zhejiang University City College in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in eastern China, at undergraduate level in finance, computer graphic design and design media. The institute was launched in 2017, building on 15 years of collaboration through a joint programme in finance.

The Chinese Ministry of Education’s website lists 20 active joint programmes between Chinese and New Zealand providers at bachelor’s level and above. These include Massey University and Hebei University of Technology’s programme in the ‘Internet of Things’; Dalian Ocean University and Otago Polytechnic’s programme in Mechanic Engineering and Automation; Jilin Animation Institute and New Zealand Media Design School’s programme in Animation and Yunnan Agricultural University and Lincoln University’s programme in Agricultural and Forestry Economic Management.

Education New Zealand’s team in China published a market intelligence report on transnational education in August, which you can find on IntelliLab.

For further information on the China market, feel free to get in touch with the ENZ China team:

Miranda Herbert – ENZ Director Greater China


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