The Australian Centre on China in the World is a research institution established to enhance the existing capabilities of The Australian National University (ANU). It aims to be an integrated, world-leading institution for Chinese Studies and the understanding of China, or what has been called 'Greater China' or the 'Chinese Commonwealth' (the People's Republic of China, the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions, as well as Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora), on a global scale.
CIW takes a broad, holistic view and engages multidisciplinary expertise in areas including Chinese history, thought, culture, media, politics, society, gender, environment, economics, foreign and strategic policy, and regional affairs. The Centre aims at realising a national capability by enhancing the University's ability to guide national research and educational efforts, and to stimulate interest in the study of China by working with other key research/teaching institutions and scholars in Australia and internationally. We will use these connections to help train and support upcoming generations of China scholars, specialists and China-literate young people.
The Centre is primarily a research body led by humanities work in collaboration with the social sciences. The brief and vision of the Centre are for it to pursue research, education and outreach activities in innovative ways not achieved by similar institutions. The Centre will also serve the long-term national interest through the pursuit of independent scholarship and thought, and will go beyond a reactive and short-term approach to issues related to the Chinese world and the global presence of China.
The activities of the Centre constitute an addition to the range of China-related research and teaching work being undertaken by the ANU China Institute (the umbrella and coordinating body for ANU-specific China work university wide), and the various schools of the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific. The Centre is not a replacement of, or substitute for, the already substantial commitment ANU places on Chinese Studies. It will draw on ANU expertise in the context of the Centre's brief.
The key aims for the Centre are:
- to enhance innovative research and education on China;
- to enhance Australian understandings of China in the global context;
- to increase substantially the profile of China-related work in Australia and internationally.
Read the full transcript of the 70th George E Morrison Lecture Australia and China in the World given by former Prime Minister the Hon Kevin Rudd MP on 23 April 2010, in which the Centre was announced. (Chinese language version also available. 中文版)