La Trobe University’s three-year Bachelor of Arts (Major in Asian Studies) ‘sounds like just what the government ordered.’
The comment is featured in an online article in The Age in Melbourne. It says the La Trobe course ‘gives you the chance to learn all about Asia, teaching the kind of cultural sensitivity required when interacting with people of Asian background, explains Kaori Okano, Head of La Trobe’s Asian Studies program.
‘In the first year, you will take two core subjects, one covering Japan and Indonesia, the other China and India.
‘You will look at everything from the geography and history of those countries, to their governments and popular culture’, the article said.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, has welcomed the federal government’s increased focus on Asia.
He has endorsed a statement by the group of Innovative Research Universities (IRU) – of which La Trobe is a founding member – that regional partnerships by Australian universities have contributed to capacity building and the rapid development of Asian nations.
La Trobe, he added, is a recognised national centre for Asian studies, one of only two universities in Australia to teach Indonesian and Hindi, as well as offering Mandarin.
‘From our long-established links with India and South Asia to the recent opening of our Confucius Institute, we have played a key role in the region and are therefore ideally placed to deepen our Asian teaching and research programs,’ he said.
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