The University of Sydney has appointed Professor Jeffrey Riegel as the interim director of the China Studies Centre.
Professor Riegel will lead a centre that is one of the most engaged with China in the world.
Professor Riegel was previously head of the School of Languages and Cultures at the University and has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1986), a Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Senior Scholar Research Grant (1999), and an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (2010).
Professor Riegel will take up his role this Saturday 14 November on an interim basis until a permanent director is recruited. He is currently Emeritus Professor in the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as well as Louis B. Agassiz Professor Emeritus of Chinese at the University of California, Berkeley.
University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence welcomed Professor Riegel to the new role.
“Professor Riegel will lead a centre that is one of the most engaged with China in the world, with more than 230 academic staff studying China or collaborating with researchers in the country,” Dr Spence said.
Professor Riegel plans to continue the centre's successful and highly regarded outreach programs, and to build strong research initiatives and collaborations among its academic members.
“Our goal is to ensure that the University remains a prominent focal point in Australia's engagement with China,” Professor Riegel said.
Through the China Studies Centre, the University of Sydney embraces the enormous importance of Greater China as an economic, regional and geopolitical partner.
More information about Professor Riegel can be found here.
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