Inaugural Australia Asia Education Engagement Symposium

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Date(s) - 01/04/2014
All Day

Novotel Hotel Melbourne


Inaugural Australia Asia Education Engagement Symposium

A Two Day Symposium with a number of speakers from Monash University and Australia.


There has been much discussion around the concept of the Asian Century and Australia’s role within this. Underpinning all of this is the need to enhance knowledge and understanding of Asia, initiate and extend regional research partnerships and build the capacity of our workforce to engage effectively in the Asian Century. The New Colombo Plan underscores the importance and role of education in achieving these goals as it “aims to lift knowledge of the Asia Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.”

Informa Australia is proud to announce the Inaugural Australian Asia Education Engagement Symposium. It brings together thought leaders on the Asia with heads of leading Asia focused institutions, tertiary and school sector leaders as well as business to consider the ways in which we can better integrate Asian learning within curricula, embed capacity building on Asia within our tertiary strategies and drive research and institution to institution and people to people engagement between Australia and Asia.

The two day forum will look at some of the key drivers for engagement and set in context the urgent need for Australia to focus attention on building deeper and broader education coalitions and partnerships with Asia.

The forum looks at a broad range of themes including: 

  • What defines the Asian century and Australia’s role in it?
  • Building capability and capacity – skilling Australia for Asia to deepen sustainable relationships across spheres and sectors
  • Implications onshore for multicultural Australia
  • Where to begin – looking at primary and secondary school initiatives to build interest and understanding on Asia
  • Tertiary Education – examining ongoing initiatives and collaborations to drive future engagement – learning, research and innovation, developmental and community projects
  • The Colombo Plan
  • Asia capable leadership

Speakers include

  • Jenny McGregor, CEO, Asia Link
  • Professor Barney Glover, Vice Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
  • Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Professor Paul Ramadge, Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, Director, Australia-Indonesia Centre, Monash University
  • Professor Kerry Brown, Director, China Studies Centre and Professor of Chinese Politics, University of Sydney
  • Professor Koichi Iwabuchi. Director, Monash Asia Institute
  • Professor Andrew O’Neill, Director, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University
  • Kurt Mullane, Director, Asia Education Foundation
  • Professor Chris Roche, Associate Professor and Chair in International Development, La Trobe University
  • Professor Christine Halse, Head of Education, Deakin University
  • Laurie Pearcey, Director – China Strategy & Development, University of New South Wales
  • Larry Gould, President, Australia Malaysia Business Council
  • Professor Andrew MacIntyre, Dean, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Conor King, Executive Director, Innovative Research Universities
  • Kevin Hewison, Director, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University