Mapping Australia’s China Capability


Australia’s capacity to engage effectively with China relies on robust, up-to-date and independent information, and the capacity of Australia’s higher education system to train personnel, conduct research and communicate evidence-based findings.

The Academy has been awarded funding by the National Foundation for Australia China Relations (NFACR) in its 2020-21 grant round for a one-year project: Mapping Australian research and training capacity in China studies and identifying areas for improved capacity.

About the project

Australia’s ability to engage effectively with China – across federal and state governments, private sector, non-profits, cultural organisations and diaspora communities – depends significantly on the capacity of Australia’s higher education system to train personnel, conduct research and communicate evidence-based findings for the benefit of these sectors and the general public.

At present there are critical gaps in our understanding of the capacity of Australia’s universities to meet these needs. The project will survey Australia’s research and training capacity to effectively engage with and understand China at an important juncture in the relationship; and identify the knowledge needs of select stakeholders involved in the China relationship.

Objectives

  • Map Australia’s research and training capabilities in China studies.
  • Provide a high-level survey of current and emerging knowledge requirements for select stakeholders.
  • Undertake a preliminary assessment of the capabilities needed to support a successful engagement strategy with China into the future.

Team

The project team will be led by the Academy’s Vice President and International Secretary, Professor Louise Edwards FASSA FHKAH FAHA, Scientia Professor of Chinese History at the University of New South Wales, formerly Professor of Modern China Studies at the University of Hong Kong, and Director of the UTS China Research Centre. She will chair an Advisory Group comprising experts from China Studies, higher education and research, and foreign affairs policy.

For further information please contact the Project Director Cathryn Hlavka at cathryn.hlavka@humanities.org.au.

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Acknowledgement 

The Mapping Australia’s China Knowledge Capability project is supported by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.