The Advanced Professional Development Program for International Academic Staff

This week, Macquarie University commenced an Advanced Academic Development Program (AADP) for a delegation of sixty Academics from China. We welcome 60 (yes, sixty!) bright-eyed academics, specialising in Law and Economics, to professional development on campus.

The AADP is organised through Access Macquarie and the Learning and Teaching Centre with funding from the China Scholarship Council.  It will run for a period of twelve weeks with a mix of English language classes and advanced academic development seminars and workshops. 29 of the academics are from the discipline of Law, and 31 from Economics.

During their time with us, we hope to provide participants with ample opportunities to meet with as many academics from Macquarie Law School and the Faculty of Business and Economics as possible. We are also in the process of inviting academics from the relevant Schools and Departments to provide some guest presentations in areas around learning and teaching in their disciplines.

A strong component of the AADP is teaching observations, which will take place in various times between the middle of August and the beginning of October. The Chinese academics are very keen to observe teaching in lectures and tutorials at Macquarie. If you can assist with this, please contact Dr Panos Vlachopoulos ( or Dr Hélène Mountford (

If you meet any of our visiting academics from China on campus, please make them feel welcome and engage in professional conversations with them.

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