For those who want to apply for advanced schooling, attain professional titles in China or study abroad, more English tests await.
"My grandfather, who was a surgeon, left some money for us to be educated overseas," Mackerras said. "I had already got a taste of China back in the 1950s when I was given a scholarship to learn Mandarin in Canberra.
Lu, former head of the political department of the Ministry of Justice, is accused of bribing government workers with more than 12.7 million yuan ($2 million) to provide fake information regarding his age, his family members, his education and employment background and documents to join the Communist Party of China, obtain an honorary title and promotions between 1992 and 2016, the prosecutor said at the trial in Anyang Intermediate People's Court in Henan province.
"When I first went to China, Australia was referred to as the 'running dog of US imperialism' and we had very little to do with China. Today, China is too big, too powerful to ignore."
When Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered his historic address to the Australian Parliament on Nov 17, 2014, he noted the presence of Emeritus Professor Colin Mackerras of Griffith University in the audience.
Mackerras found the whole experience in China challenging in the early days. "But I got to love the place and that love has never left me."