Leading research and education collaborations through a student internship program

6 December 2017

People in business suits with one person in a lab coat
Deputy Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Guobin Huang and Vice Consul, Mr Wenkai Nie visited the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in September 2016 to meet students from the InSPIRE program.

Project summary

The International Student Program in Research Experience (InSPIRE) program is a bilateral exchange program between Australia and China, led by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI). The project’s objectives are to:

  • promote Australia as a competitive destination for world-class medical research education;
  • increase engagement between China and WEHI scientists and business development professionals; and
  • facilitate future collaborations to improve health outcomes in both countries.

The InSPIRE program will team up WEHI and Australian partner research organisations with top universities in China. It will also provide bright and passionate undergraduate science students in China with the opportunity to undertake advanced research training at the Institute. This important initiative will promote new and long-term collaboration between institutions in Australia and China, and engage the next generation of scientists.

Key dates

Activity or event Location Expected start date

6 Institute staff will travel to Tsinghua, Fudan, Nankai, Zhejiang, Jinan, Nanjing University to build people-to-people relationships, promote a positive image of a research internship experience in Australia, promote InSPIRE’s association with the Australia-China Council, and recruit students

Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Hanzhou, Guangzhou, Nanjing

March 2018, 2019, 2020

A series of media opportunities including interviews with students for radio and press to engage with a Chinese-speaking audience as well as mainstream Australian audience. A key message of the media opportunities will be to promote the students’ positive experience of study in Australia


July to September 2018, 2019, 2020

Australia-China Council grant offer:

2017-18: $20,000.00 plus $2,000 GST

2018-19: $20,000.00 plus $2000 GST

2019-20: $16,600 plus $1660 GST

Total project value: $309,720.00

Last Updated: 1 August 2018