Local and global milestones
On 21 August a special celebration of the University’s history and future was held at Parliament House in Canberra, where two separate yet equally important topics at the forefront of Australia’s national conversation were addressed.
The Australia and China at 40 book launch by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr, commemorated the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and China. This groundbreaking book was edited by Sydney academics from the China Studies Centre, Dr James Reilly and Associate Professor Jongdong Yuan.
The book is a collection of critical writings about the past 40 years, and it also looks to the future. Some of the themes include the differing values that Australia and China assign to the bilateral relationship, and to the supposed triangular relationship with the US, and the goodwill that exists between ordinary people in each country, despite the ideologies or tensions between governments of the day.
More than 200 alumni and guests attended the launch, which was followed by a keynote speech by Professor Shane Houston, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) on Knowledge to Action in Higher Education. This address focused on the University’s commitment and approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation, education, research and engagement.