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Lynne Foley OAM

Conference Convener and Facilitator

Lynne gained her extensive executive knowledge and experience as a member of the Senior Executive Service of Queensland, in roles of Acting Director General, Education Queensland, and as a successful Regional Executive Director and Principal operating across urban, regional, rural and remote Queensland.

As Institute Director she led Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, a large, fully commercial government provider of vocational education and training, to be one of the highest performing institutes in QLD.

 

Lynne has extensive high level first hand knowledge and experience of international program development, negotiation, sales, delivery, and management of off-shore operations, focussed across SE Asia. Lynne has negotiated multi million dollar sales contracts and worked closely with the Queensland Trade office and the Trade Commissioner in China.

President Li Xue

Designated Secretariat Organiser – Anhui Ministry Education Department

Li Xue, Professor and President of Anhui Business and Technology College, is the national program team leader of the Mechatronics Technology Major and College Teaching Star on the provincial program of Anhui.

He is a scholar and the holder of such honours as Vice Chairman of the Higher Vocational Education Branch of Chinese Society of Vocational and Technical Education, Member of the Library and Information Committee of Ministry of Education, Member of the Steering Committee of Information Technology of the Ministry of Education.

Mr Li specializes in teaching and academic research on mechanical engineering, electromechanical engineering and Computer Science.

John Breit

Immersion Program Leader

His experiences in the region are second to none, having developed profitable and sustainable transnational partnerships existing and emerging markets for TAFE including negotiating, executing and reviewing long-term and short-term contracts for delivery of Australian qualifications in various regions including China, South America, India, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore and Nauru.

In 2011, he was awarded a Highly Commended citation by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission for Sino-foreign joint education organizations (programs) on the establishment of demonstrative Sino foreign joint education.

Associate Professor Hu Duojun

Hu Duojun, associate professor, is in charge of foreign exchange and communication in Anhui Business and Technology College. As an MA specializing in Forensic Linguistics and Translation, he is committed to research on the contrast between the English and Chinese languages, translation and English teaching. 7 of his research papers have been published and 5 textbooks authored or coauthored by him officially recognized by Ministry of Education of China. The courses he lectures on cover English Contract of Business, Business English Translation, Business English Writing, Business English and Cross-Cultural Business Communication.

Professor Sun Xiaolei

Prof. SUN Xiaolei, vice president of Wuhu Institute of Technology, postgraduate supervisor of Anhui Normal University, member of Industry and Information Technology Teaching Advisory Committee under the Ministry of Education, member of Industry and Information Technology Course Development Advisory Committee under the Ministry of Education, secretary-general of National Committee of Teaching Analysis and Optimization of Vocational Colleges, vice secretary-general of Digital Teaching Resources Development Branch, China Association of Higher Education, secretary-general of Anhui Provincial Committee of Model Vocational Colleges Collaboration (A League).

Prof. SUN is the principal investigator of a dozen of research programs sponsored by Anhui Province and Ministry of Education. He is the second prize winner of national teaching achievements evaluation and top-grade prize winner of provincial teaching achievements evaluation. He has been the referee-in-chief of China Vocational College Skills Competition for years and chief organizer of Anhui Provincial Information Teaching Competition

Associate Professor Zhou Duodao

Zhou Duodao, associate professor, is entitled a variety of honors such as senior technician of occupational guidance, senior mentor on family education, entrepreneurship trainer by Anhui Province, special speaker of the Lecture Program on Parenting by Chuzhou, young business mentor of Chuzhou, deputy director of the Enrollment and Employment Department of CVTC, deputy dean of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department of CVTC, deputy secretary-general of the Vocational Education Group of Chuzhou. As a veteran in management and research on occupational planning & innovative entrepreneurship education for college students and school-enterprise cooperation, he has published 14 related papers, authored or co-authored 3 textbooks and led or is leading 5 academic research projects. He has been frequently invited, for his insight on vocational education cooperation between schools and enterprises, to give lectures on business training

Rhonda Breit

Keynote Speaker

Rhonda Breit, LLB, PhD, is a distinguished academic leader, teacher and researcher who specialises in the field of media law, ethics and journalism education.

In her role as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs with the Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications, she has led the accreditation of the University’s new MA in Digital Journalism. Launched in January 2018, the MA in Digital Journalism is a two-year program aimed at enhancing journalists’ multimedia production skills whilst fostering specialist reporting expertise and innovation and leadership to help develop East Africa’s future media leaders. During her time at AKU, Rhonda has been a member of the Review Committee tasked with revising the Ethics Review System across the university. She is currently involved in developing curriculum in the areas of Media Leadership and Innovation and Strategic Communication. In addition, Rhonda is overseeing an exciting collaboration with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with the launch of Transforming Leadership in 21st Century Africa. This is an innovative suite of courses aimed at strengthening leadership across the continent.

Throughout her 20-year career in academia, she has published widely in high impact academic journals in the fields of media law, ethics and journalism education. Her sole authored book Professional Communication: Legal and Ethical Issues (2011) has been adopted widely across Australian universities.

A passionate and dedicated teacher, Rhonda has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to learning and teaching in the field of media law and ethics. Throughout her career, Rhonda has overseen several learning and teaching projects including spearheading a national discipline standards project for Journalism, Media and Communications Disciplines in Australia.

She has also been involved in projects relating to benchmarking employability attributes in journalism programs and overseeing a de-westernisation of the Journalism Curriculum project at the University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia. She is an editorial board member of SOTL in South, an online open source and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to fostering dialogue and research on teaching and learning in higher education in the global South.

Before joining AKU-GSMC, Rhonda headed the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She has held a key leadership role with the Australian Journalism Educators’ Associated, where she held the position of Vice-President Research for four years.

Publications

How Queensland newspapers reported public sector information reform

Empowering and engaging students in learning research methods

News’ Australian Story of Ethics and Self-Regulation: A Cautionary Tale

Uniform Defamation Law in Australia: Moving Towards a More ‘Reasonable’ Privilege

WSIS Revisited: Mapping the ideological divide