The Australia-China Council has been supporting Australian Studies in China for over two decades and provides funding to a network of over 30 Australian Studies Centres across China. The network is one of Australia’s leading public diplomacy and education engagement platforms that is set to grow in importance for Australia-China relations.
The objectives of the Australian Studies Program are:
- Enhance the range, volume, quality and value of research on Australia, and promote the dissemination of research outcomes in China through publishing, conferences and other means.
- Promote greater Australian content in teaching at all levels of the Chinese educational system.
In 2011 the Australia-China Council established the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC). The Foundation is an independent non-profit foundation in Australia created to support Australian Studies Centres and to provide funding and other support to the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies to be located at Peking University in Beijing.
In 2011 the Australia-China Council, Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC), BHP Billiton and Peking University established the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University.
The Chair is the first high-profile, privately-funded Australian professorial position in China, and is a reflection of growing academic engagement between the two countries. The establishment of the Chair was announced by the Prime Minister in April 2011 during the official visit to China.