Vice Chancellor's welcome

Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence

Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal

The University of Sydney has been actively engaged in understanding China for almost a century, since we first began teaching Chinese language and culture to our students in the early 20th century.

We were the first university in Australia to welcome Chinese students in the 1970s, and over the last three decades our relationship with China has strengthened and deepened as we have developed close partnerships in many different spheres. We have watched as change has transformed China and its impact on the world has grown.

However, we are not just an observer. Today we are one of the most engaged universities in the world with China’s next generation: nearly 7,000 Chinese students are enrolled to study here, and we are involved in many exchanges and research collaborations across all of our academic activities.

Our partnerships with Chinese universities are in areas such as medicine and public health, engineering, finance, culture, music and education. We have also provided executive training to government and business leaders over many years.

The China Studies Centre will further enhance these cross-disciplinary partnerships.

Dr Michael Spence
Vice-Chancellor and Principal