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, The University of Sydney


Belinda Hutchinson AM

Belinda Hutchinson AM,Chancellor

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