Performance of Chinese Returnees Educated in Australian Universities

6 December 2017

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How returnees (sea turtles) educated in Australia perform in China?
  • Sector: Education
  • Country location: Australia, China
  • Grantee: University of New South Wales

Project summary

The Performance of Chinese Returnees Educated in Australian Universities project aims to explore the career outcomes of Chinese returnees educated in Australia.

Overseas returnees have played an increasingly important role in China’s development since the open-up policy. This ‘brain circulation’ scheme has benefited both home and host countries in the exchange of knowledge, culture, and trade. After US and UK, Australia is the third major destination of higher education for Chinese students. However, Australian educated returnees seem less ‘visible’ in China.

It is not clear how Australian educated returnees perform in China, compared to those educated in other English-speaking, developed countries, such as the US, UK, and Canada. This project will use qualitative and quantitative methods to assess the contribution made by this group of people to economic, educational and cultural links between Australia and China.

Key dates

Activity or event Location Expected start date

Design and test questionnaire


01/07/2017 – 31/08/2017

Conduct surveys and interviews

Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou

01/09/2017 – 31/12/2017

Analyse results and write reports


01/01/2018 – 30/06/2018

Workshops with Australian Embassy/Consulate Offices

Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou

01/07/2018 – 31/12/2018

Maintenance and updating

Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou


Australia-China Council grant offer: $25,000 plus $2500 GST

Total project value: $34,000.00

Last Updated: 1 August 2018