On September 23, the opening ceremony of Friendship of 11 years: Photo exhibition of friendly exchanges between Foshan and Townsville was held in Foshan-Itami Friendly Exchange Center.
Foshan and Townsville became sister cities on July 28, 2006. Located in the northeast of Australia, Townsville is the second largest city in Queensland. The photo exhibition records the 11 years of friendly exchange between two cities and represents more cooperation opportunities in the future.
The Townsville delegation was warmly welcomed by Foshan representatives with characteristic lion dance performance. Deng Canrong, Deputy Secretary of Foshan municipal government made a speech that these valuable photos showed the friendship and culture of the two cities. During 11 years of exchange, the tie gets closer and friendship deepens. On both government and social level, the fields of communication and cooperation are extending and deepening. For example, Foshan No. 1 High School has kept sending the delegation of teachers and students to Townsville Cathedral School for academic visits for many years, which greatly promotes the youth exchange between Foshan and Townsville.
Deng Canrong, Deputy Secretary of Foshan municipal government is making a speech.
Richard Holliday, Senior Executive Officer of Townsville said that the friendly exchange between Foshan and Townsville was of great significance. During the four-day visit, the delegation had discussions with many Foshan educational institutions, which gave them a better understanding of the Chinese educational system.
Richard Holliday, Senior Executive Officer of Townsville speaks on behalf of the delegation.
Nola Alloway, Dean of College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University mentioned, “after visiting Foshan University and Shunde Polytechnic, we see great opportunities for reciprocal exchanges, for us to learn from China and for China to learn from Australia. We have much to share in partnership.” There are two universities in Townsville. James Cook University ranks the top 2% of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and its majors in marine, freshwater biology and environmental protection are leading in the world.
“We were also very impressed by the schools and learning we saw in the schools. Students were working wonderfully, their standard of English is remarkable, and their focus on citizenship is strong. So we were looking forward to working closely with the schools, to build strong partnership and provide new opportunities for all students.” said Joel Buchholz, Principal of Pimlico State High School.
Deng Canrong is sending a T-shirt as a souvenir to Townsville delegation.
Townsville delegation is watching the photo exhibition.