Sydney's Vice-Chancellor takes on new international role

28 July 2004

Professor Gavin Brown, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, has been elected as President of the international group Academic Consortium 21 (AC 21).

Professor Brown was elected as President at the latest AC21 International Forum held in Sydney last week and will serve as President for the next two years.

AC21 was established in Nagoya, Japan in 2002 with the aim of creating an international network to further global cooperation on higher education issues and to contribute to world and regional society by promoting collaborative research.

There are currently 26 different institutions which are members of AC21 from countries spanning the four continents of Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe.

Member universities include Nagoya University, Japan; Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; Shanghai Jiaotong University, China; Peking University, China; Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia; North Carolina State University, USA; The University of Warwick, U.K and Ecole Nationale des Pont et Chaussees from France.

The University of Sydney is Australia's only member of this prestigious group.

The second AC 21 International Forum held in Sydney last week brought together hundreds of academics, government officials and industry professionals to discuss a range of issues around the theme of Universities, Cities and Society. The forum looked a number of key international issues including water and sustainable development, learning technologies, sustainable transport for cities, biotechnology regulation, ageing and aged care and international student exchange.

The next AC 21 International Forum will be held in Europe in 2006.

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