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Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

Supporting research, education and partnerships in Southeast Asia

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre builds on the expertise of and facilitates collaborations between over 270 University of Sydney academics who specialise in Southeast Asia.

Australia and Southeast Asia: it’s a marriage some may have taken for granted, but we haven’t. At the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, we put our researchers into fields, classrooms and labs across the region to do real work.

From business to education, health, law, and veterinary science, we’re making sure Australia and the region develop together to face the challenges of the 21st century. Our innovative approach reflects Southeast Asia’s rich diversity and growing importance in the world’s geopolitical landscape.

We foster partnerships and collaboration between researchers and practitioners working on critical real-world Southeast Asia issues, such as economic and social reform, infectious diseases and the environment.

Our work makes a real difference by informing decisions in government, industry and the wider community.

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Facts & figures

Southeast Asia in focus

  • 612 million people in 11 culturally diverse countries
  • 10% of the world’s population on Australia’s doorstep
  • US$2.432 trillion Assocation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gross domestic product and 5th largest economic powerhouse in the world