University of Sydney to Establish China Studies Centre in 2011

18 May 2010

On 18 May 2010, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Stephen Smith MP, gave a speech at Fudan University, Shanghai, which is a partner of the University of Sydney Confucius Institute. During his address on Australia-China relations, Mr Smith welcomed the University of Sydney's Professor Hans Hendrischke, Director of the Confucius Institute, and Mr David Morris, Director of Government Relations to the event.

During the speech, Mr Smith emphasised the work of the Confucius Institute in promoting Chinese language and culture to the Australian community. Mr Smith spoke supportively of the University's new China Studies Centre, which is to be established in January 2011.

'Through the Confucius Institute in Sydney, a joint project between the University of Sydney and Fudan, Australians are learning about the Chinese language and culture.

I am also particularly pleased to learn that, in partnership with Fudan University and other institutions, the University of Sydney will establish a new China Studies Centre on 1 January 2011 at its Sydney campus. It will draw on 88 research leaders with China expertise to establish the Centre.'

To assist in development of the China Studies Centre, the Confucius Institute will design a tailored-made Chinese language and culture program for University staff. Currently, David Morris is studying Chinese with the Institute.

In his second visit to China as Foreign Minister, Mr Smith also visited the Shanghai World Expo 2010 to formally open the Australian Pavilion, of which the University of Sydney is a gold sponsor.