1. Chinese Business Etiquette – Basic

Duration: 2 hours (1 x 120 minute session)

Coordinator: The Confucius Institute UQ

Presenter: Mr. Fred Hong

Prerequisite: n/a

Register: https://staffdevelopment.hr.uq.edu.au/course/WSCBEB

China is one of the leading trading partners to both Australia and to Queensland. Highlighted by the recent formalisation of a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), there is an expectation that Sino-Australian engagement will continue to increase through various avenues including trade, investment, education, research and cultural exchange.

With this increased exchange, there will also be a stronger emphasis on people to people engagement. Having an understanding Chinese culture and its relationship to interactions with Mandarin speakers will be highly beneficial to those who wish to forward their connections with greater China.  

This short course will benefit participants that regularly interact with Chinese students, visitors, academics, researchers, and industry/government connections, providing an understanding of key cultural aspects and how they shape behaviours, traditions, and interpretations. 

The Course:       

This course adopts an interactive approach focusing on the following (but not limited to):

Engagement with Chinese people, initial contact, introductions, greetings and compliments, establishing initial relationships, socialising, giving thanks and responding to thanks, farewelling, doing  business or working with Chinese people (basic principles), negotiating techniques, body and sign language, decision making processes (basic principles), Chinese culture, background principles of the language, superstitions, basic taboos, festivals, dining culture, cuisine, and dining etiquette.