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Australian Food Safety Study Program – China’s Henan Provence Food & Drugs Administration officials visit Brisbane

Last week, The New Ventures Australia Group hosted a large Chinese delegation from China’s Food & Drug Administration from Henan Province, Considered the birthplace of Chinese civilization, north west of Shanghai. The delegation which included the Deputy Inspector and numerous senior officials participated in a study program designed to provide insights into Australia’s Food Safety framework and best practices.

After spending two weeks of a three week program in Sydney, Mr Stewart Gow and Mr Ross Naidoo the Senior Food Science Liaison Officer from Queensland’s Department of Agriculture & Fisheries welcomed the delegates to Brisbane for their final series of lectures and factory visits. Mr Naidoo presented an engaging lecture on the overall Food Safety framework within Australia to the group with the highlights being the mechanisms that influenced each element and its challenges initiating lively debate with the delegates.

Follow Mr Naidoo, Dr John Hines a Food Safety expert having over 25 year experiences working at the Government policy level and private sector presented business cases studies and best practices scenarios from the private sector and supermarkets chains perspective. On the backdrop of the current Strawberry Needle Tampering Crisis, Dr Hine also highlighted deficiencies with the Food Safety framework as well as insights on future actions and amendments in order to prevent similar incidences occurring again.

Finally concluding the study program, The delegates visited the Buderim Ginger Factory, One of the largest ginger factories in world for a private factory tour and were treated on its completion with tasting of a range of Buderim Gingers famous range of ginger products, Assisted by Translation Express’s Brisbane Interpreter Mrs Gubby Chen as well as a visit to The Nutworks Chocolate Factory situated next door which specializes in Macadamia nut confectionery. Feedback from the participates has been extremely positive for the Brisbane program and the New Ventures Australia Group looks forwarding to working with our Sydney colleagues at Winglong to create and host further educational and cultural exchange programs in future.

Zhejiang Economic & Trade Polytechnic University delegates visits UQ to learn about innovation in Queensland

Earlier this month the New Ventures Australia Group was invited to host Vice Dean (Business, Tourism, IT, International Trade), Mr He from the Zhejiang Economic & Trade Polytechnic University in Hangzhou, China and a delegation of lectures to visit The University of Queensland (UQ) St Lucia campus and learn about innovation and commercialization in Queensland as well as how entrepreneurship and innovation skills are taught to students.

The delegation started their Australian visit in Sydney, attended educational workshops and tours of numerous New South Wales academic institutions ended the trip in Brisbane, with visits to Griffith University and The Queensland University of Technology before finishing at the St Lucia UQ campus.

After a tour of The Great Court, Dr Cameron Turner presented a overview of the commercialization activities at UQ and invited the delegation to attend one of his entrepreneurship lectures to observe student interactions. Two of the class’s top Chinese students also shared their current projects and experiences with the delegates in Mandarin.

Feedback from the delegation on the insights gained by the group from Dr Turners presentation was overwhelmingly positive with continued dialogue between the institution’s possible. Being Alumni’s of UQ the New Ventures Australia team is proud to be contributing towards UQ’s international relations and Australia’s too.