The Chinese community has long played an important role in Sydney and the state of New South Wales. The economic and social development of China and Australia has increased the value of long-standing relationships between the people of both nations.
As Australia’s first university, the University of Sydney for many decades has welcomed Chinese students, encouraging strong links with China and Australia for the benefit of both our countries.
The growth and strength of these relationships in many areas, including business, trade and investment, public health, agriculture and engineering, is vital for all and will be significantly enhanced by the interdisciplinary work in such fields undertaken by the China Studies Centre.
The China Studies Centre continues the fine work of furthering cultural understanding between our two countries. I am honoured to serve as Patron of the China Studies Centre at such an important time in the development of Australia’s many connections with China.
Belinda Hutchinson AM
Chancellor, The University of Sydney