La Trobe Asia has been established to provide leadership on all aspects of the University's engagement with Asia. It is a unique effort by an Australian university to focus on Asia with a 'whole of University' perspective and to make Asia a key part of our teaching, research and external engagement. The creation of La Trobe Asia reflects our belief in the importance of the ways in which Asia is changing both to Australia and the world and the need for universities to provide leadership in grappling with these momentous changes.
La Trobe has a long history of expertise in Asia: it is one of two universities in Australia that teach the major Asian languages Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian and Hindi; it pioneered Asian Studies in Australia; and from its foundation has developed strong links with universities across the region.
La Trobe Asia will:
- Establish an Asia Knowledge Hub that will centralize the University's rich knowledge of Asia so that it can better used by staff and students
- Provide a focal point for the University's many scholars who are engaged in research and teaching on and in the region and to showcase their work
- Connect external stakeholders to our active, policy-relevant research community
- Promote the Asia Research grant program available to La Trobe staff
- Strengthen and deepen our external networks in region, including with university, governments, think tanks and NGOs.
- Host public events, seminars and conferences
- Lead and inform public debate in Australia about Asia and contribute to public debate in the region
The creation of La Trobe Asia.
La Trobe Asia's executive and governance.
La Trobe Asia was officially launched on Wednesday by Trade Minister Andrew Robb AO, Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar and University alumnus.