Shandong and South Australia have a long-standing sister city relationship which began almost 30 years ago, in an effort to improve cultural ties and understanding.
Last year Ms Dan Wang, 22, won a Study Adelaide competition to become student ambassador and is currently in the middle of a four-week educational and cultural immersion in South Australia.
Candidates were required to submit a proposal outlining why they wanted to work in the position and use their social media accounts as platforms to promote why studying in Adelaide is an unique experience.
Highlights of Ms Wang’s tour have already included visiting a number of Adelaide’s universities, meeting with fellow international students, visiting Kangaroo Island and undertaking an English language course.
“Dan’s visit is providing an excellent opportunity to showcase Adelaide through the eyes of a Chinese student and encourage others to find out more about moving to Adelaide for study,’’ chief executive of Study Adelaide Karyn Kent said.
“Her large network of connections, demonstrated passion for Australia and Adelaide, commitment to charity, and her standing as a student leader for multiple student societies at the Qingdao Agricultural University, were all central when selecting her for the role.’’
“Dan is already an outstanding ambassador for South Australia and has excelled in the two short weeks she has been here,” Kent said.
Last year export earnings gained from 30,000 international students studying in Adelaide broke the $1 billion mark.
Chinese students represent 38 per cent of all overseas students studying in Adelaide with 11,785 enrolments recorded in 2014. India ranks second with 11 per cent.
Using an interpreter Ms Wang said she had become familiar with the city icons of Rundle Mall and Chinatown.
“I can guide people and give them clear directions now. I can also find my way back home from anywhere in the city,’’ she said.
“During my visit so far, I have visited TafeSA, UniSA, Town Hall and have experienced the study environment of Adelaide. I have used the advanced study facilities here, and there is no doubt that Adelaide is a learning city.”
“Last week, I went to Kangaroo Island. The first thing I noticed was how cold it was, but at the same time, I was totally amazed by the scenery there. I feel KI is a gift that the world has created for us, it is a haven for the wildlife. I have to say, I am impressed by the nature and the conservation efforts that have been provided by the people here.”
“I love visiting different education institutions. The education I received in China made me really want to experience all areas of life, especially to study and live in a different country.
“Adelaide is more than I expected, better than I imagined.”
“It has similarities with my home Qingdao in Shandong, but is also very different. Words seem to be useless when such beauty exists. It is too hard to use few simple words to describe it, you definitely have to come to Adelaide and experience for yourself to truly appreciate it.”
“I really want to come here to further my education if I can.’’
“I would love to stay here after graduation, find a job and build my home here. I’ve only been here for two weeks, but I’ve already fallen in love with the city and the people of Adelaide.
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