Launch of the centre

Students at the launch of the centre. Front row, from left to right: Meganingrum Tokhman (Indonesia), Tu Nguyen (Vietnam), Soimart Rungmanee (Thailand), Yu Nandar Aung (Myanmar), Norafizah Haji Zaine (Brunei), Michelle Marie Malano (Philippines). Back row, from left to right:Acacio Angel (Timor Leste), Aqeel Hanif Nomanbhoy(Singapore), Sahul Hamid (Malaysia), Serey Rotha Ken (Cambodia), Oulavanh Keovilignavong (Laos)

On Friday 23 November, Foreign Minister Bob Carr officially launched the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC). The launch celebrated the culmination of two years’ hard work leading up to the establishment of the centre on 1 July 2012.

High profile members of the diplomatic, business, academic and student communities working in and on the Southeast Asian region attended. The event recognised the University of Sydney's depth of knowledge on Southeast Asia, and showcased the centre's approach to fostering collaborative and interdisciplinary research partnerships with our region.

The launch also featured presentations from Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence, SSEAC Director Michele Ford and postgraduate student Yu Nandar Aung.

Speaking at the launch, Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence said, “SSEAC will enhance Australia’s and the world’s understandings of our nearest neighbours as well as connect our populations through in-country research and humanitarian projects that will bind us to common goals and outcomes and enhance our shared future.”

Speeches

Listen to the speeches from the launch of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

Photos from the launch

Below are photos of the launch taken by Jamie Williams.