La Trobe Asia Board meets for first time

La Trobe University has appointed a team of heavy hitting political and academic experts to form the inaugural La Trobe Asia Board.

La Trobe Asia 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.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar said the creation of La Trobe Asia reflected the University's belief in the importance of the ways in which Asia is changing both Australia and the world.

"I'm very proud of the calibre of business, government and academic leaders who have agreed to work with us on the board," Professor Dewar said.

"Their views will be instrumental in determining our business plan for the next two years and identifying opportunities for the University and the region to thrive in the Asian century.

"The board's creation builds on La Trobe's long history of expertise in Asia. We are one of two universities in Australia that teaches the major Asian languages - Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian and Hindi. We pioneered Asian Studies in Australia and from our foundation, and we have developed strong links with universities across the region."

The group includes La Trobe alumni and former Australian Ambassador to China, Dr Geoff Raby, the CEO and Deputy Auditor-General at the Victorian Auditor-General's Office Dr Peter Frost and Professor Meenakshi Gopinath – the first woman to serve as member of the National Security Advisory Board of India and the current Founder and Director of Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace.Former Director-General of the Office of National Assessments and founding Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy Allan Gyngell AO is also a member.   

La Trobe Asia was officially launched in September 2014 to become a source of leadership and resource for the university on all things Asian. Its aim is:

  • to help expose more students to direct study of Asian countries and their languages,
  • to deepen relationships with the region's universities, Government's and NGO's and crucially
  • to inform and lead public debate in Australia around Asia and inform Asia about Australia.

Along with deepening the University's already strong ties with Asia – the Board's appointment will also help strengthen La Trobe Asia's role in the region and more broadly, assist Australia make the most of its economic opportunities in the region.

During their Board meeting members identified important large scale trends in Asia that will impact the University and the nation, including the anticipation of three billion middle class consumers in Asia by 2030 and the changing demographic profiles of key Asian countries by 2050.

For more on the Board members and La Trobe Asia click here.

Media Contact; Catherine Garrett 9479 6565 / 0418 964 325

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