The mainland's Education Association for International Exchange and the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (AVCC) this week renewed a three-year agreement intended to strengthen collaboration between the two countries' higher education sectors and individual institutions. The association's deputy secretary-general, Lin Zouping, and the committee's chief executive John Mullarvey signed the agreement during a meeting of the two organisations in Canberra on Wednesday. The two groups first entered into an agreement in 1998. Mr Lin said the purpose of the agreement was to further promote co-operation between China and Australia. He said this would advance university teaching, researching, scholarship and management in respective member institutions. 'The agreement complements the government-to-government agreement on co-operation in the field of education between China and Australia,' Mr Lin said. This month, the AVCC will host the China University Administrator's Shadowing Programme which enables senior administrators and research leaders from the mainland and Australia to gain knowledge and experience in the other country's universities.