International Update

May 2013 - Issue 02

In this issue...

In the second issue of our UniSA International Update we aim to keep you informed of high level agreements, visits and partnerships as well as share significant new marketing resources available for your use.

Collage of pages from the 2014 Handbook

2014 International Undergraduate and Postgraduate Guides are now available.

They have been despatched to all of our international agents at the end of April.

> Guide to Undergraduate Programs for international students 2014.
> Guide to Postgraduate Programs for international students 2014.

Vice Chancellor's visit to China and Hong Kong

Vice Chancellor Prof David Lloyd made his first official overseas trip on behalf of the University in April. He travelled to meet leaders of UniSA’s major strategic partners in China and Hong Kong, accompanied by Deputy Vice Chancellor: International & Advancement Nigel Relph. The visit was geared to supporting UniSA’s strategic engagement with top universities in China.

Prof Lloyd visited Tianjin University to hold discussions about the future development of the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development (CAC_SUD) - and was warmly hosted by President Li Jiajun. Prof Lloyd and Mr Relph participated in a workshop with senior staff about the CAC_SUD collaboration. Prof Lloyd was then awarded an Honorary Professorship by Tianjin University and gave the prestigious Peiyang Lecture – previous recipients and Peiyang lecturers have included a number of Nobel Prize winners.

Prof Lloyd visited Shandong University to launch UniSA’s joint centre in Health Sciences. In addition, Prof Lloyd joined the top table at the SA Food and Wine dinner hosted by Premier Weatherill that same evening, along with the Governor of Shandong Province, Australian Ambassador Frances Adamson and Minister Tom Koutsantonis. The event brought together some 300 business and political leaders from the Province with the 60 members of the Premier’s delegation to showcase the best of SA food and wine produce and promote the State brand.

Another key partner visited on this trip was Beijing Normal University (BNU), with which a further joint centre, in business and management, is being developed. The Vice Chancellor met with the Chair of the University Council, Madam Liu Chuansheng, Vice President Hao Fanghua and others. The joint centre was discussed as was the plan to collaborate on an application for a Confucius Institute located at UniSA.

A major topic was the invitation from BNU to UniSA to participate in a new BNU campus initiative in the rapidly developing port city of Lianyungang in Jiangsu Province. Prof Lloyd travelled to Lianyungang with Madam Liu and Prof Hao to meet senior officials from the city and also from Jiangsu Province. A briefing took place on the development plans to increase the size of the city significantly from its current population of 5 million with the creation of a new health/innovation/university zone to include a 2000 bed hospital, research centres and educational facilities, to be completed in the next 5-10 years. Currently Lianyungang is without a significant higher education presence. Lianyungang is the only port on the eastern seaboard between Qingdao and Shanghai and has been identified for its strategic importance. Prof Lloyd toured the facilities of the Lianyungang Academy of Finance and Economics, in which joint BNU and UniSA programs would be taught if it is decided to proceed with the project.

In Hong Kong, Prof Lloyd met the leadership group of the Alumni Chapter, the Australian Consul General, Paul Tighe, and visited Hong Kong Baptist University to discuss new offshore programs to build on the long-standing relationship between UniSA and HKBU. Meetings were held with the President and Vice Chancellor, Albert Chan, and with Simon Wong, Dean of Continuing Education and his senior team. The meetings followed detailed discussions over the previous weeks with EASS and with the UniSA Business School.

China Australia Centre for Health Sciences opened by Premier Weatherill

The second of UniSA’s strategic joint centres with prestigious Chinese universities has been given its official opening in Jinan, Shandong Province, by Premier Jay Weatherill on his recent official visit to China.

The China-Australia Centre for Health Sciences, a joint initiative of UniSA and Shandong University was opened by Premier Weatherill and Vice Governor of Shandong Province Xia Geng at a plaque-unveiling ceremony at which UniSA Vice Chancellor and President Prof David Lloyd and Chairman of Shandong University Council Mr Zhu Zhengchang were present. The event was positioned as central to the sister state relationship between Shandong Province and South Australia.

The Centre will develop research, teaching and staff and student exchange collaborations between Shandong University and UniSA in pharmacy and drug development, nursing, public and population health and other areas, combining the strengths of the two universities to address shared health challenges in Australia and China. Two workshops have been held to develop the scope of the Centre: one during the visit of a UniSA Health Sciences delegation to Shandong in October 2012 led by Pro Vice Chancellor Health, Prof Allan Evans; and the second during a visit to UniSA by a delegation of senior health deans from Shandong University, led by Vice President Lou Hongxiang, himself a leading pharmacy researcher.

China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development

On 21 February 2013, the new China–Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development was launched at an event attended by the Premier and other high profile guests. This new Centre is a unique China-Australia collaboration between the University of South Australia and Tianjin University and aims to promote joint international research into urban issues across the Asia-Pacific region.

This collaboration was also featured in the online version of the People’s Daily (daily circulation 300 million) recently after a visit from Chinese journalists arranged by Study Adelaide. Read the original article online in Chinese or view the English translation.

In the 2012 discipline rankings of Chinese universities by the PRC Ministry of Education, Tianjin was ranked first in China for Chemical Engineering and third for Architecture. In total Tianjin had 14 disciplines in the top 10 in China.

China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development

The February launch involved a Symposium, which explored environmental research currently being conducted in China and Australia. There were a number of keynote speakers including The Hon. Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia, Madam Liping ZHU, Secretary General of Tianjin Education Committee and both University presidents. To view selected presentations from the event and to discover more about the Centre, please visit

Ms Yanping Xu, from the International Cooperation Office of Tianjin University, commenced a 6 month work placement in February at UniSA, fully-funded by Tianjin University. Yanping will spend time with a number of teams at UniSA International, the Communications and Marketing Unit and other areas of the University.

International partners visiting UniSA for Exchange fair

Student Exchange

AsiaBound exchange applications

The Commonwealth Government has announced a new AsiaBound program following the release of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper. This program provides funding for around 3500 Australian students to engage in a study experience in Asia. Learn more about the Asia Bound Grants Program.

In March, the DVC I&A called for Expressions of Interest ahead of the formal release of the guidelines. Fourteen Expressions of Interest were received for ten countries for the AsiaBound Grants Program. To be eligible, all international experiences proposed must be credit bearing or a mandatory part of students’ academic program. These can include internships, practicums or clinical placements as well as bilateral exchange and Study Tours. Guidelines have recently been released and the DVC I&A has asked for a representative from each Division to work with him on selecting and refining the applications. Please contact for further application information

Exchange Fair

On April 4 our annual Exchange Fair and Partner Day was held on City West campus. Partners from ten institutions across 6 countries attended. The Fair provides UniSA students the opportunity to speak with staff and visiting exchange students from a number of UniSA’s exchange partners. As well recently returned exchange students talked about opportunities to incorporate an overseas study experience into their program. Approximately 150 students attended the fair.

The Partner Day provides our exchange partners the opportunity to meet with and develop relationships with professional and academic staff across the university, whilst also building their knowledge of Adelaide, South Australia and the University. 

Student Exchange Fair photo

Students visiting our annual Exchange Fair and Partner Day at City West.

Prime Ministers Endeavour Awards

Funding opportunities to consolidate international partnerships

The Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Scholarships open in early April for students to undertake international study/research and an internship in the region.

These prestigious scholarships provide significant financial support to postgraduates and undergraduates to study and gain work related knowledge, skills and build networks with industry.

Possible host destinations are:
The People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macau), India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.

Please contact for more information and a nomination form.

Australia Awards Fellowships open for applications from May 13 and close on June 19.  In 2012 $13,4 million was allocated to 37 Australian organizations including 14 universities.  Australia Awards Fellowships aim to develop leadership, address priority regional development issues, and build partnerships and links between Australian organisations and their partner organisations in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.  For further information on the eligibility and application process, see

UniSA staff with Endeavor awardees

High achievers funded by Australian Government

UniSA is currently hosting 13 Endeavour awardees, including 10 PhD students from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh. At a meeting on May 3 with the pastoral care subcontractor, Austraining, these PhD students expressed their satisfaction with the facilities available for them at UniSA, comparing them favourably with those available in prestigious universities in the UK and the USA. They mentioned that two of their fellow students (not Endeavour) had transferred to UniSA after 6 months in another University to access these facilities and have better supervision. Students were also very satisfied with their supervisors and the quality of the University in general, leading one of the PhD candidates to comment that he wanted his daughter to study at UniSA (she is not yet one year old). Two of the students are alumni of UniSA, and others had previously studied in Australia but chose UniSA for their PhDs. Issues they raised were assistance during settling in, and a shortfall in the capped Endeavour Awards tuition fees.

Research exchange visa

Research exchange visa

The International Research Exchange program has recently been developed to enable high achieving UG and PG students from our key partners to undertake 6 month project placements at our Research Centres. The first two students to be part of this new program are from a key partner, Tianjin University, and will receive China Scholarship Council funding for 2014. UniSA International, GRC and The Wark all support this new program and are working collaboratively to manage the students’ applications. The program will be rolled out to other Research Centre’s following this round.

For further information contact

Beijing Jiaotong University Mechanical Engineering Study Tour 2013

In April, eight UniSA first and second year Engineering students travelled together to Beijing and met with ten Chinese Mechanical Engineering  students from Beijing Jiaotong University to undertake the course "Operations and Project Management for Engineers" delivered by Dr Yousef Amer of the School of Engineering, UniSA. Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU) is ranked in the top 6% in China. 

The students responded with considerable enthusiasm in the feedback to BJTU. Clearly the interaction with Chinese students was most memorable and included dinners, basketball, tourism and of course studying together. Some cultural adjustment was necessary to the language, some of the food and to the road rules - “Australia is very strict in comparison” but it was “more than manageable.”  UniSA students received financial support to attend the tour from the Australian Government and UniSA. All expressed the wish to return to China at some stage. China  - “very different to Australia but really enjoyable”.

Govenors International Student Award recipient Bruce Smith

Recent activities in India

Systems Engineering Winter school held at PSG College of Technology

An ITEE delegation visited India and successfully conducted a one week Winter School on Systems Engineering at PSG College of Technology, India from 7-11 January 2013. The Winter School was jointly delivered by A/Prof Neil Davidson, A/Prof David Cropley and Prof Nanda Nandagopal. Overall the ITEE delegation achieved beneficial outcomes for UniSA with good prospects for deeper engagement with India. A new joint Research Lab in Computational Neuro Science was also opened.

Sytems Engineering Winter School Photo

Systems Engineering Winter School, 7-11 January 2013 PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India Conducted by the University of South Australia.

SA Water Centre for Water Management & Reuse (CWMR)

During a visit to India facilitated by Austrade Mumbai,  Professor Christopher Saint presented at the ‘Everything about Water’ Technical Expo held in Chennai in February 2013.

He also visited the following institutions:

  • GRG Enviro Sound Solutions to discuss wastewater treatment and recycling systems
  • Tamil Naidu Water Supply and Drainage Board Testing Laboratories
  • Anna University in Chennai to deliver the IHD Endowment lecture at the Centre for Water Resources
  • PSG College of Technology to deliver lectures to senior students and staff and discuss potential joint projects and teaching
  • Water and Land Management Training and Research Institute (WALAMTARI) to discuss irrigation research
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Hyderabad (IITH) where they shared information about research interest areas
  • Indian Institute of Chemical Technology to talk with the Chief Scientist of the Bioengineering and Environmental Department
  • IVCRL to discuss desalination

Water Supply and Drainage Board Photo

Vasanthi Lawrence, Chief Water Analyst, (far left) and Vijay Subramanian, Business Manager, AusTrade, Chennai office (far right) at the Tamil Naidu Water Supply and Drainage Board.

Dual PhD arrangements

New Dual PhD arrangements

In March 2013, Senior Management Group approved both Chalmers University and The University of Copenhagen to be included on the register of Strategic Research Training Partner Institutions. Dual award PhD agreements are currently being negotiated with both institutions and are expected to be finalised in the next couple of months. It is anticipated that dual award programs with these institutions will be available for admission from Study Period 2 2014, at the latest.

Find out more information regarding the process for PhD Program Collaboration.

Malaysia office opening

UniSA Malaysian office opening

The University will be opening an office in Kuala Lumpur. Melissa Tan (UniSA Representative) has been working in Malaysia to visit agents and partners and recruit students. The office is the next step in supporting UniSA’s strategy in Malaysia and will be officially opened in late June prior to the Agent Conference to be held June 27th and 28th. 

Grants available

Grants available and where to look on DFAT websites

The Portfolio will keep Division staff up to date with international engagement funding opportunities under the purview of DFAT.

Current grants available through Foundation and Council organisations, are available for projects furthering international relations in the Arab World, Latin America, and select countries in North, South and South East Asia.

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Who’s who in UniSA International

To assist you with contacting the most appropriate person or team within UniSA International you will find a description of our functions below.

View the UniSA International organisation chart to get an overview of our unit structure.

International Recruitment - Regional Teams

The Regional teams undertake marketing and recruitment of international students. Regional teams also manage the University's relationship with student recruitment agents around the world.

  • Region 1
    South Asia, Africa and the Middle East
  • Region 2
    South East Asia, Pacific Nations, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia
  • Region 3
    Europe, the Americas, China, Japan and Korea and domestically based international students

Student Mobility Team

Manages the University's incoming and outgoing student exchange, advises on study tours and coordinates Australian Government funded mobility programs.


Responsible for liaison with the University's Service Centre and enquiry management to provide accurate information on our programs and application processes; assessing student applications for eligibility and entry to the University; processing acceptances, payments and Confirmation of Enrolments for international students. The team also collaborates with and refers students to other Units, our Business Partners and external service providers where necessary.

  • International Enquiries
    Hobsons Service Centre Liaison telephone and email enquiries Facebook and Weibo enquiries
  • Assessment
    Application data entry and assessment
  • Admissions
    Front counter enquiries and processing student payments and acceptances, and Confirmation of Enrolments (COE's)

International Relations and Market Development

Manages the establishment and maintenance of strategic partnerships with international institutions. The team works with the Divisions to identify the impact that new partnerships may have on the University. It also provides support for international staff travel and visiting delegations. The team coordinates the development of pathways to UniSA for international students through other institutions as well as establishing and building relationships with external international sponsoring bodies, including AusAID.

Information Systems and Business Analysis

Provides business analysis that guides business strategy and market development initiatives and processes for UniSA International and the University. The team provides support for information services and systems used by UniSA International and Divisional staff to enhance application processing and market information sharing across the University.

Quality and Compliance

Ensures that the University complies with international accreditation requirements, the ESOS Act, AVCC code of practice, and that University policies and guidelines address requirements of its internationalisation objectives. This includes the implementation of offshore partner agreements and advice on the ESOS Act.

International Communications

Manages all international digital and print communications including the international corporate web, social media, electronic publications, Apps, online profiles and the design and content of marketing collateral.

Director's Office

Provides the management and communication interface between the Unit and the University and planning, strategic human resources and financial management support to the Unit.

Study Adelaide agent tour

Twenty-two of our key agents from 10 countries visited the City East and City West campuses to participate in presentations about each Division’s programs, had tours of labs, nursing wards, classrooms, lecture theatres, libraries and galleries and observed current students at study. They also heard about the services provided by the Learning and Teaching Unit.

Vice Chancellor and President David Lloyd with  Professor Lou Hongxiang, Vice President, Shandong University

International visitors in 2013

2013 has seen a variety of visits to UniSA from educational representatives of foreign governments such as the Higher Education Attache from the French Embassy, the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission and JPA (Malaysian Public Service Dept) and MARA from Malaysia. Six Chinese universities have visited including Tianjin University, Shandong University and Beijing Jiaotong University. We will welcome students on exchange from all three in 2013 as well as sending a Study Tour of engineering students to Beijing Jiaotong in April.

The University of Arizona held meetings with SA Water Centre for Water Management and Reuse. A joint MOU with University of Adelaide, SA Water, University of Arizona and the University of South Australia will be signed shortly. The UniSA School of Law is also pursuing links and the possibility of exchange and joint programs with this university.

The Vice Deans of Student Affairs from Muhammadiyah University of Malang, Indonesia, visited to learn from UniSA and one of their staff put on an impromptu performance of a traditional Indonesian martial art in the Bradley Forum which was a first!

The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Waseda University from Japan also visited to discuss student mobility. Waseda University hosted a language Study Tour from UniSA earlier in 2013 and look forward to more.

Sponsored students

Increase in number of sponsored international students

International sponsored students increased by 25% year-on-year (from 397 to 496) from SP2 2012 to SP2 2013, and now represent 48 countries.

The increase in sponsored students is largely from 2 sources: MARA (Malaysia) went from 25 to 91 students; and AusAID students increased from 40 to 68. Furthermore, sponsored students from Indonesia (various sources) increased from 26 to 35, Saudi students went up from 88 to 95.

IEE was the major beneficiary of this increase – from 186 students to 254 (37%)

By country of sponsorship and division, the 5 largest source countries are:

Malaysia 16 21 56 96 189
Saudi Arabia 17 8 29 41 95
Australia 16 9 1 52 84*
Indonesia 8 9 4 14 35
Kuwait       28 28

* largely Australia Awards: AusAID and Endeavour students

By division and level:

  Undergraduate Postgraduate Coursework Postgraduate Research Totals
BUE 38 13 14 65
EAS 16 11 29 56
HSC 91 16 7 114
IEE 140 55 59 254
Totals 285 95 110 496


Professors Philip Weinstein and Peng Bi at the Chinese Communicable Disease Control Centre last year

More than one way to skin a cat.

UniSA researchers Craig Williams and Phil Weinstein, both in the School of Pharmacy and the Barbara Hardy Institute, have contributed their expertise to help bring a $900,000 AusAID grant to South Australia. The grant is a collaboration between all three SA universities and China, and will build capacity to respond to the emergence of infectious diseases with climate change.

AusAid funding is counted as Category 1 research income, and represents an underutilized resource according to Prof Phil Weinstein, Dean of Graduate Studies at UniSA. “Category 1 research income is critical to maintaining both reputation and the financial multipliers that flow from the Commonwealth”, said Prof Weinstein, “but ARC and NHMRC grants are pretty hard to get; with this grant we have shown that other Category 1 funding can be successfully and collaboratively gained. There is more than one way to skin a cat.”

The funding is from the AusAid 2012 Development Research Awards Scheme, for a project led by Prof Peng Bi at the University of Adelaide. In a rare State-level collaboration, Prof Bi pulled together researchers from all three SA universities as well as the State Government to win the successful bid. “We went to China as a team last year to position ourselves for this”, said Prof Weinstein, “collaborating with the Chinese Communicable Disease Control Centre and Shandong University. Critically, we took both researchers and managers on the mission, so that they could support each other and deliver both at the strategic and operational ends concurrently”. The research will run for the next 3 years, and it is anticipated that a number of PhD students will benefit from involvement in the research.

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