The Australian National University is generally recognised as the world's leading centre of Pacific Islands studies, and has established a formidable reputation for excellence in this field. Pacific scholars in the College of Asia and the Pacific are dedicated to understanding the region's history, politics, cultures, economies, international relations and strategic situation. Many are authors of the key books and articles on the region, travel there frequently, serve as consultants on Pacific issues, and offer policy advice to governments and regional organisations at a time when Australia has embarked upon a new Pacific engagement. The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific concentrates this unique pool of expertise by uniting those parts of the university that specialise, in whole or in part, in the study of the Pacific Islands:
The ANU Pacific Institute is a cross-campus ANU forum for discussion and promotion of new initiatives in teaching, research and outreach relating to the Pacific region and its peoples.
The College hosts a continuous succession of seminars, workshops and conferences on Pacific Islands issues and produces a number of scholarly journals in Pacific Islands studies, including the Journal of Pacific History, Pacific Economic Bulletin and State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Discussion Papers. Graduate education in the Pacific Islands field is strong at ANU, and undergraduate education is being considerably strengthened.