National centre to play key role in research on Asia

Monday, 8 July 2013  Features

The Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales is to play a vital part of the new National Centre for Asia Capability, addressing a critical need identified by corporate Australia and which will help skill the country for the Asian Century.

Professor Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Australian School of Business, said the announcement of funding for the centre confirmed the strength of the school. He said “The Australian School of Business is a world leader when it comes to giving Asian students a first class education in western business and economics. This new Centre will be an integral part of our push to be equally good in educating Australia about the incredible business opportunities of the Asian century. This will position the Australian School of Business as a world leader and a gateway between emerging Asia and the developed world.”

The Federal Trade Minister Richard Marles announced $35 million in funding for the new centre over 10 years, which will be administered by UNSW and the University of Melbourne in collaboration with business and the tertiary sector.

​UNSW Vice-Chancellor Fred Hilmer said “we are delighted to be involved in this historic collaboration that will allow us to bring together Asia expertise from universities in Australia, Asia and beyond, and to leverage deep Asia experience within the private sector.”

The centre was a key recommendation of the Asialink Taskforce for an Asia Capable Workforce, chaired by ANZ chief executive Mike Smith, in its report Developing an Asia Capable Workforce released last year.

Asialink will oversee the establishment of the Centre. It will build upon the capability of academics and business people to foster engagement and contact with Asian societies in a way which encourages mutual respect and long term business connections.

​The aim is to focus upon and encourage links with Asia, to develop customised programs offering training that focuses on Asia, and then engage in practical research in the area, as well as lead a public conversation on the importance of Asia for business.


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