Sydney Southeast Asia Centre
The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) is Australia’s premier centre of interdisciplinary academic excellence on Southeast Asia.
From a central position within the University of Sydney, SSEAC brings together academics, teachers and researchers from more than a dozen faculties. It aims to forge an innovative and engaged approach to the region that reflects its rich diversity and challenging problems.
Southeast Asia is of strategic importance to trade, defence, development assistance and education in Australia. With 600 million people, it is home to almost 10 percent of the world’s population. Located between the two economic powerhouses of the 21st century – China and India – it is one of the fastest growing economic blocs in the world.
Scholars across the University are actively engaged in academic and policy research relevant to the areas of strategic importance. The centre’s role is to bring these scholars together to enhance their own research and teaching about Southeast Asia, showcase their work and engage with policy makers.
The centre responds to policy needs of Australian and Southeast Asian government agencies and the non-government sector as well as intellectual challenges. It fosters regional engagement and equips Australian graduates to interact professionally and culturally in the region.
Launch of the centre
The centre was officially launched on Friday 23 November, by Foreign Minister Bob Carr. The event was attended by members of the diplomatic, business, academic and student communities working in and on the Southeast Asian region. Find out more about the launch.