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Australia-China Digital BRIDGE


The Australia-China Digital BRIDGE Program is a collaborative, international,  professional learning partnership program for educators across Australia and China.  The program is an initiative funded by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations and implemented by the Asia Education Foundation at Asialink, The University of Melbourne. 


Watch testimonials from two participating teachers in the Australia-China Digital BRIDGE program:


What Works Report Cover

Read our What Works Report on School Partnerships in a Digital Age, showcasing the Australia-China Digital BRIDGE partnerships as exemplary models of success. The report, commissioned by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations as part of the Australia-China Digital BRIDGE program, highlights the best practices in digital collaboration.

Download the report and have a read here.


Digital-BRIDGE is a series of expert-led, online, collaborative, professional learning sessions. Participating teachers will build professional knowledge and skills in a range of areas including, digital pedagogies, digital teaching and learning tools, intercultural understanding, Asia and Australia engagement and global competencies. Participants will develop and strengthen a sustainable informal school partnership between their Australian school and a partner school in China and design a collaborative, inter-disciplinary, student learning initiative between their schools. 

This experience promotes cultural exchange, builds participants’ own intercultural understanding and establishes international collaboration between schools, teachers and students on issues of shared global importance. 

Digital BRIDGE

As a participant of the Australia China Digital BRIDGE program, educators will:

  • build their capability to develop authentic digital and intercultural learning experiences for students;
  • be supported to explore new pedagogies and use technologies to open their classrooms to promote global citizenship and competence;
  • learn how to design engaging, online learning experiences;
  • learn how to support student collaborate on learning engagements, build their global competence and develop international relationships;
  • develop people-to-people links between Australia and China; and 
  • participate in a total of 20 hours of AITSL aligned professional learning with evidence of completion at the conclusion of the program.


Open to all educators currently teaching at an Australian school.


Delivered online via Zoom.


Delivered between 27 February and 31st of May 2023. Delivered weekly on Wednesdays from 4pm to 5.30pm (AEDT).


With funding from the National Foundation of Australia-China Relations in Australia, participation in this program is free for all Australian schools. 

Applications for the 2023 cohort are now closed.

For any questions please email


2016 AEF Autumn School


  • Dr Kathleen Turner, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute
  • Mr Mohamad Abdalla, Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University
  • Dr Indigo Willing OAM, Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
  • Mr Aaron Seeto, Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and previously Director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in NSW
  • Mr Keith Shangare, Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland

Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks

Funded Places

Successful Australian and Chinese applicants who are selected to participate (teachers and schools) will be financially supported to participate in the Australia-China Digital BRIDGE Program through financial support from the National Foundation of Australia-China Relations in Australia.

This includes:  

  • funding to support the costs of participation in the online Professional Learning Program, including design sprint; and

  • ongoing support in relation to professional learning in Australia and China. 

Program Funder 


The program is supported by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations. Asia Education Foundation at Asialink, University of Melbourne is proud to be a National Foundation for Australia-China Relations grant recipient.

Disclaimer The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government, the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations or The University of Melbourne.  

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