RMIT – Primary Education and Cultural Insights in China

Pagoda Projects are excited to offer an exclusive Remote Programme, focusing on Primary Education & Cultural Insights in China with RMIT!

Our mission is increasing cultural understanding, developing employability skills and helping our participants to gain valuable experiences in new and innovative ways.

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. To be eligible, students must:

  • currently be an Undergraduate Student at RMIT.
  • be able to claim university credit for this program.
  • confirm availability to participate in the internship during the dates indicated.

Programme Overview





Pagoda Projects and RMIT have put together an exciting programme of activities and events dedicated to providing insights into Chinese education and culture. With a focus of primary level education, you will have not only have access to this bespoke calendar which has been put together exclusively for students on this programme, but also have access to all of Pagoda’s ongoing live events and rich back catalogue of recorded sessions.

You will be matched with your very own English-speaking Chinese Cultural Mentor to develop your cultural understanding and increase your knowledge of China whilst sharing you own perspectives. Topics for discussion with your mentor will be assigned to you oand you will reflect in your Cultural Journal as part of check-ins via the Pagoda Projects app.

There will be four online courses assigned to you which you can complete in your own time across the duration of the programme. We recommend you complete as many of these as possible to compliment your cultural understanding, increase your awareness of employability skills and improve your work-readiness.

You will receive support from the Pagoda team throughout and we will work with you to make sure you are prepared and ready to make the most out of your programme.

Once the programme begins, we ask that you check in with Pagoda Projects and your Cultural Mentor via our app to keep us updated on your progress. Your dedicated Pagoda Projects support staff will also be available, if needed, throughout the programme.

Programme Fee:

  • Program Fee of $2,200 AUD, that can be fully funded via NCP for eligible students

What’s included in the programme fee?

  • A rich calendar of bespoke activities and events linked to education in China and Chinese culture.
  • A full induction to the Pagoda Projects APP from a member of the Pagoda team.
  • Access to several digital courses focusing on improving cultural fluency, your employability, and digital skills.
  • Paired with a cultural mentor from one of our amazing overseas destinations and provided the platform to discuss interesting topics selected by Pagoda.
  • Opportunity to network with current participants completing a similar variation of our program from around the world.
  • Fully support from our international Pagoda team throughout the duration of the program.
  • Enjoy all the benefits of being a Pagoda Alumni member with dedicated Linkedin / Facebook groups & know about Pagoda Job opportunities first!


  • Welcome Session – Meet and greet to learn about Pagoda, the programme and expected outcomes
  • All About China – Pagoda will  provide key insights into Chinese culture and history, paying specific attention to the history of education and contemporary attitudes to education in China
  • Australian Consular and/or Chamber session – Panel representatives discussing their role in China and reflections of bilateral considerations including international education as an export
  • Insights into Primary & University school level teaching in China –  Live panel discussion featuring staff and teachers at these levels with interactive Q&A (Chinese institutions)
  • Insights into International Schools in China – A look at the lucrative private sector featuring foreign brands operating in China i.e. Harrow (UK), QSI (International) and their Chinese colleagues and/or teaching assistants (International Institutions)
  • Insights and exposure to the Chinese classroom – A collective observation and reflection activity with a Chinese primary level teacher in China
  • Cultural Mentor Group Reflection Activity – A chance to discuss learnings from Australian and Chinese perspectives and finish the programme in style!

*Events and activities are subject to change. In the event of a change, we will endeavour to provide an alternative of the same standard.


START DATE: 13th February 2023
26th February 2023
2 Weeks

Due to an extensive event calendar being organised and along with the cultural mentor aspect of the program, the program dates are fixed.

Get in touch if you have any questions relating to the dates of the program.



Once you have enrolled, Submit your application to your university via RMIT Mobi Platform


Once your eligibility for credit (if required) is established and you understand funding available to you/any payment you will be responsible for, complete the registration form on the bottom of this page


Sign the booking form, then we will warmly welcome you into the digital world of Pagoda!




What are the skills courses?

Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of your skillsets with a focus on ‘work readiness’ in a post-pandemic business world.

The Skills series includes courses focusing on Intercultural Fluency, Employability, Digital Competency and Workplace Basics. This framework provides the learner with the agility needed for a globalised and ever-changing workplace, preparing you with the knowledge to communicate effectively within an international team, approach the job-market with confidence and have a strong understanding of the importance of ‘digital’ technologies.

As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, a certificate is awarded to you following each completed course.

Why are they important?

Based on the Universities UK – Higher Education in England: Provision, Skills and Graduates Survey, ‘for both graduates of all levels and subject areas, skills and competencies came first (82.4% reported this to be a formal or important requirement), followed by relevant work experience (66.7%)’ when asked what mattered most when entering the labour market and attaining a job. Similarly, 87% of employers listed attitudes and aptitudes for work more important than relevant work experience, degree result and degree subject when hiring a graduate.

This coherence between student and employer views supports our framework in being able to provide learners with accessible skills courses that can be integrated into professional internships; this will allow you to achieve the most important attributes considered by employers.



This course is designed to provide an understanding of the importance of adaptability when dealing with intercultural communication in both the workplace and wider society. There is a focus on the foundations of intercultural understanding and developing cultural fluency, as well as various case studies focusing on Greater China, Mexico and Vietnam.

By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:





By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

  • Have created a written article examining the culture of a specific country
  • Have self-assessed your abilities of intercultural communication and identified areas of improvement
  • Understood how to adapt this knowledge into the working world through business-scenario case studies

This course improves employability skills through self-awareness, skills awareness and enhancing career readiness. This course will equip the individual with the tools to identify your current skillset, understand those that need developing and transfer your skills to different job specifications using personal examples to showcase these. The aim of this course is to build confidence when applying for the next career step as well as provide a broader set of skills and attributes to ensure success throughout your working life.

By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:


By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

  • Have an improved CV and understand how to tailor this to different applications
  • Have created a basic template for a cover letter linked to your skillset and examples which can later be adapted
  • Be more self-aware and understand skills that need to be developed

This course introduces the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing, and digital presentations skills. This course will introduce LinkedIn features and how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile, key differences and benefits between a variety of social media platforms, basic knowledge of SEO and SEM and techniques to improve public speaking skills in a digital context.

By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

  • Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and know how best to use this to your advantage
  • Have learned the digital marketing basics and will be aware of how to adapt content and SEO techniques to specific goals
  • Have mastered public speaking and digital presentations and will be aware of online resources that provide practice of these

This course will equip you with the basic skills needed when entering the workplace. There will be a large focus on understanding how to adapt from in-person to remote work in regards to productivity and time management, communication and the use of digital platforms. The course will also provide you with the skills needed to identify your current skillset, recognise the skills you may be lacking, and provide actionable examples of how to improve these and meet employer’s demands.

By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

  • Have recognised the best methods of creating an organised and creative environment to manage tasks and time efficiently using CRM software, scheduling and other methods.
  • Have a clear understanding of how to communicate effectively within a professional team and have the basic skills to lead a digital meeting.
  • Have identified your strengths and gained an understanding of how to exercise these to the best standard, as well as weaknesses and the most effective actions to improve on these.



You will be partnered with a Cultural Mentor who will help you to increase your cultural awareness.

  • As part of this you will be expected to schedule one audio or video call each week with your assigned Cultural Mentor
  • This will be based on a Pagoda-assigned  theme (e.g. festivals/traditions, food music/arts etc.) to discuss and share knowledge and experiences in relation to your respective home country cultures.
  • Note your findings as part of your weekly check-in via the ‘Cultural Journal’ including any videos, pictures or other content you may wish to share.
  • Interact with your Cultural Mentor and Intern Community in online events and discussions


Once enrolled, our team will work with you to complete the admissions and programme onboarding process.