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.
In 2003 the ACC partnered with a consortium of Australian universities, led by the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland together with the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne, to promote Australian Studies in China. The ACC’s Australian Studies program is now managed by Professor David Carter at the University of Queensland. Professor Carter can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Australian Studies in China Program aims to build a vibrant, linked-up community of lecturers, researchers and students participating in the study and research of Australian literature, economy, culture and other facets of Australian society. Australian Studies Centres at participating universities are the focal point for such activities, and endeavour to provide relevant teaching, resources and contacts to students, produce high-quality research in their chosen Australian-related fields, and arrange other Australian-related activities and events. The Australian Studies Centres network is supported by the Australia-China Council, Foundation for Australian Studies in China and BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies, Australian Embassy and Consulates-General in China, and the broader Australian education community.
Australian Studies Program objectives
- Enhance the range, volume, quality and value of research on Australia in China, and promote the dissemination of research outcomes through publishing, conferences and other means
- Encourage quality content on and learning outcomes as well as Australia-related subject diversity across the Chinese tertiary education system
- Promote linkages between Australian universities and the Australian Studies Centres at Chinese universities
Australian Studies Program components
Output Awards offered by the Australia-China Council are open to all Australian Studies Centres in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
More about the Output Awards.
The 2010 Book Prizes were awarded at the Australian Studies Conference held in Shanghai, October 2010.
More about the Book Prize.
Australian Studies in China Website
East China Normal University in Shanghai, with the assistance of the ACC, has launched a new website to serve and connect the whole Australian Studies in China network.
Australian Studies in China website (in Chinese)
Biennial Australian Studies Conference
The Council has financially supported each conference of the national Chinese Australian Studies Association. The 14th Australian Studies Conference was convened by Mudanjiang Normal University, Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang Province, 11-14 July 2014
- Australian Studies Conference was convened by Xihua University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province
- 2010 Australian Studies Conference: East China Normal University, Shanghai, in cooperation with Shangai University
- 2008 Australian Studies Conference: Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing
- 2006 Australian Studies Conference: Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot
- 2004 Australian Studies Conference: Xuzhou Normal University, Xuzhou
- 2002 Australian Studies Conference: Anhui University, Hefei
- 2000 Australian Studies Conference: Xi’an University, Xi'an
- 1998 Australian Studies Conference: Peking University, Beijing
- 1996 Australian Studies Conference: Nankai University, Tianjin
- 1994 Australian Studies Conference: Zhong Shan (Sun Yat Sen) University, Guangzhou
Australian Studies Resource Collections
The Australia-China Council also supplies books, journals and other resources to build the Shanghai Municipal Library Australian Friendship Collection and the Australian collection at Beijing Foreign Studies University. These collections are accessible to all Australian Studies scholars in China.
Foundation for Australian Studies in China
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. The BHP Billiton Chair was officially announced by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard in April 2011.
More information about the Foundation for Australian Studies in China
BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University
The BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies is an initiative of the Australia-China Council, the Foundation for Australian Studies in China, BHP Billiton and Peking University. The establishment of the Chair was announced by the Prime Minister in April 2011 during the official visit to China. It is the first high-profile, privately-funded Australian professorial position in China, and is a reflection of strong and multifaceted education engagement between the two countries. The Chair also provides academic leadership to a network of more than 30 Australian Studies Centres in Chinese universities, which has been supported by the Australia-China Council for two decades.
Professor David Walker is the inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University – he commenced in his role in 2013.
Australian Studies Centres in China