The Victorian Government has announced a series of grants worth up to $10,000 to assist students complete a Chinese learning course in the Jiangsu province of China with the launch of the Hamer Scholarships program.


"There is no better way to understand China than to experience it in person, and through the Hamer Scholarships Victorians will be provided with the opportunity to go and immerse themselves in life in China," Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu said.


The Hamer Scholarships program will further strengthen Victoria's sister-state relationship with Jiangsu Province, which was established in 1979 by Victorian Premier Sir Rupert Hamer.


"The language skills, cultural awareness and friendships these students will make while living and studying in China will help to establish a firm foundation for the next 30 years of Victoria-Jiangsu engagement," Mr Baillieu said.


"The Hamer Scholarships program will provide the opportunity each year for up to 50 Victorian higher education students, recent graduates and professionals with linkages to China to come and travel to China, to live and study the Chinese language and culture."


Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher said successful applicants would receive up to $10,000 each and become business, cultural and educational representatives for Victoria in Jiangsu Province.


"Whether you are, for example, a business person, an educator, or an artist, gaining skills in Chinese language opens up a staggering array of professional and personal opportunities," Ms Asher said.