Strengthening ANU China Studies

13 February 2018

Following a review in 2017, a series of changes have been announced to China Studies at ANU which will allow the University to maintain its world-leading expertise on China. These changes will strengthen the capacity, independence and scope of China Studies at ANU.

The recommendations of the review, which the University has broadly accepted, provide an opportunity to strengthen China research, teaching and outreach across the University.

The Australian Centre on China in the World will become a University-wide hub for research on China under a new structure that will foster greater collaboration and communication between scholars across the University.

In order to maximize engagement of China Studies across the University, CIW will no longer be an Academic Organisational Unit (AOU) with its own permanent staff. It will be operated similar to an ANU Institute within the College of Asia and the Pacific.

There are no planned job losses. Current staff and Higher Degree Research students will be transitioned to other AOU’s within the College.

As part of the reconstitution of CIW, and as part of the commitment to China scholarship at the ANU, new senior academic hires will be made in four areas of China Studies.

  • Chinese elite politics
  • Modern Chinese history
  • Culture/film/media studies
  • Contemporary Chinese society

The Vice-Chancellor will appoint one of the new positions as Director of CIW. Dr Jane Golley, current Acting Director, will continue in the role until the new Director is appointed.

The advisory Board for CIW will continue with a new sub-committee focusing on philanthropic opportunities.  A new Executive Committee will also be established, drawing together staff from across the campus to guide the strategic direction of the Centre. These appointments will ensure the University has a sustainable research program tied to the interests of China scholars across the University.

A series of new programs in China Studies, including postgraduate programs, language programs and summer schools will also be considered.

With these changes ANU reaffirms its national responsibility to be the preeminent independent centre for the study of China and its reemergence as a global player on the world stage.

To view a copy of the report please email the College of Asia and the Pacific Executive Officer at




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