A master of giving
A master of giving


A master of giving

, / July 13, 2015

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton recently met with alumnus Chenggang Zhou of New Oriental Education and Technology, to thank him for his generous donation of $100,000 to Macquarie’s Soft Power Advocacy and Research Centre (SPARC).

The donation will support SPARC and its research initiatives to help develop new theories and debate around models for soft power and public diplomacy and contribute to the aims of the Centre.

“It is my great pleasure and honour to make this little contribution to my school,” said Chenggang, who graduated with a Master of Arts in 1998.

Professor Naren Chitty A.M, Associate Dean, International and Inaugural Director, Soft Power Advocacy and Research Centre says the grant is the first example of a major gift being made by an international communication alumnus, and is a signal to students in the humanities, arts and social sciences there can be golden rewards at the end of an Arts degree.

“Chenggang graduated from a now, 23 year old Master degree in International Communication and has gone on to make a spectacular success of his career working for the largest comprehensive educational company in China as an executive president since 2014,” he says.

The grant will contribute to new research published in the Routledge Handbook of Soft Power, currently being edited by SPARC in collaboration with Aberystwyth University and American University.

It also facilitates the development and collaboration of cooperative projects and ventures related to soft power and public diplomacy between Australia, China and India (and communities from within the Chinese and Indian diasporas) that attain knowledge exchange, education outcomes and cultural understanding.

Learn more about SPARC


Comments (2)

  1. Sue Jollow

    Very interesting. Good on him!
    But please fix the grammar in the first three words of the last paragraph …


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