Jiangsu animal husbandry students to visit Forbes

The 2016 visit.
The 2016 visit.

A group of 16 Chinese animal husbandry students aged between 18 and 22 years old will be touring the Forbes Shire in the coming week to further their veterinary and English skills.

As part of an ongoing partnership with TAFE NSW the students will experience networking with industry professionals and farmers from the various properties listed on the tour.

The overall consensus from tour organisers, TAFE NSW, is that Australian teaching methods are much more "hands-on" compared to the education system in China.

"We welcome the students to our amazing agricultural hub here in Forbes," says Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM.

"This program is a wonderful opportunity for them to get in there and gain livestock and small animal experience they wouldn't necessarily have access to in China, as well as make great friends along the way."

Cr Miller is urging members of the Forbes community to talk to the students if they see them around town.

In addition to learning about our farming practices Cr Miller said the tour is about students engaging with the public and learning about our culture.

The same program last visited Forbes in 2016 when the group were particularly impressed by the friendliness and sincerity of the members of the local community who so openly welcomed them.

"It's been an unforgettable experience for me, I have learned lots of things from study and life that I couldn't learn in China and other places.

"It was fantastic," Chen Jianzhou (Charles) said of the last visit to the area.

Travelling with the students will be two teachers.

The group will be based at the Council's JREC facility during their stay.

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