On 24 July 2018, 24 members of Shanghai’s business elite from Dashang Business School arrived in Perth for a four-day business visit. Representatives from the Western Australia Government, The University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Confucius Institute at UWA were honoured to receive the delegation. The Confucius Institute assisted with translating, interpreting and itinerary arrangements throughout the visit.

Dashang Business School is a mentoring school founded in 2012 by senior Shanghai entrepreneurs. It is the first business school in China that combines Confucianism with modern business culture and is famous for its unique mentoring model. Leading this delegation was Shanghai magnate and Dashang mentor, Gui Guojie.

On the first day of the visit, Professor Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice Chancellor of UWA, welcomed the delegation and introduced Western Australia and the long history and development of UWA. This was followed by a briefing about Western Australia’s investment policy by Mr Rob Delane, the Deputy Director General of the Western Australian Government’s Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

In the evening, Vice Chancellor of UWA Professor Dawn Freshwater and the WA Government jointly hosted a reception. The Vice Chancellor offered a warm welcome and spoke about the connections between China and WA. The Hon Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food, gave a presentation about the economy and investment environment in WA. The reception offered an opportunity for government officials and local business people to network with the Dashang Business School guests.

On 26 July, the Dashang delegates visited the UWA Business School for a roadshow of new projects from four Western Australian innovators and entrepreneurs. This led to broad ranging discussions between the presenters and Dashang delegates.

On 27 July, the group visited the famous Swan Valley wineries Sandalford and Sittella to learn more about the wine industry and its investment environment. The following day they visited Perth tourist attractions including Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth Mint and Kings Park, before a farewell dinner hosted by Professor Kent Anderson.The visit from Dashang Business School has promoted exchange and cooperation between China and Australia in both economic and cultural aspects. With its focus on innovation, new technologies and investment potential, the visit created valuable opportunities for further collaboration between the two countries.