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Kevin Hewison, Director, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University - Tertiary Education – examining ongoing initiatives and collaborations to drive future engagement

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Kevin Hewison delivered the presentation at the 2014 Australia Asia Education Engagement Symposium.

The Australia Asia Education Engagement Symposium explores key drivers for engagement and set in context the urgent need for Australia to focus attention on building deeper and broader education coalitions and partnerships with Asia.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.informa.com.au/ausasiaeducation14

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  1. 1. Engagement  with  Asia   Kevin  Hewison  
  2. 2. New  direc6ons,   Developing  strengths   •  For  the  University:   o 2011:  New  leadership  group   o New  Strategic  Plan   o Sir  Walter  Murdoch  School  of  Public  Policy  and  Interna6onal  Affairs   •  University  aspires  to  be  an  interna6onal  research  university  pursuing  excellence  in   select  fields  of  knowledge.     •  Strategic  Plan  emphasizes  interna6onaliza6on  and  its  intellectual  gaze  has  become   more  firmly  focused  on  the  Asia  region.   •  Asia  Research  Centre  /  WA  State  Agricultural  Biotechnology  Centre  and  associated   work  on  drylands  agriculture  /  Ins6tute  for  Immunology  and  Infec6ous  Diseases  / Veterinary  School  /  centres  on  sustainability,  biosecurity   •  WA’s  strategic  loca6on:  3  hours  from  Indonesia,  about  5  hours  from  Singapore.   •  WA  is  playing  a  lead  role  in  Australia’s  regional  economic  engagement.   •  WA  has  accounted  for  about  50%  of  Australia’s  commodity  exports  in  recent  years,   much  of  it  to  Asia.  
  3. 3. The  First  Murdoch  Commission   •  The  First  Murdoch  Commission   recognised  WA  as  a  business,  trade   and  knowledge  centre.   •  It  iden6fied  opportuni6es  and   challenges  for  WA  and  Australia.     •  The  impetus  a  recogni6on  that  future   prosperity  required  informed  strategy   and  policy  seYng  that  op6mised   poten6al  benefits  and  sustainable   gains.  
  4. 4. Asia  Research  Centre   •  Established  in  1988.  From  1991  to  1999  it  was  a  Special  Research  Centre  of  the   Australian  Research  Council.   •  The  Asia  Research  Centre  is  currently  the  University’s  centre  of  excellence  in  the   social  sciences  and  humani6es;  includes  researchers  from  the  natural  sciences.   •  The  Asia  Research  Centre  has  been  an  interna6onal  leader  in  the  study  of  East   and  Southeast  Asia,  undertaking  fundamental  disciplinary  and  interdisciplinary   research  examining  social,  historical,  environmental,  poli6cal  and  economic   developments  within  the  region.     •  Thema6c  to  Centre  research  is  the  analysis  of  conflicts  in  a  range  of  situa6ons.   Its  collec6ve  approach  is  interna6onally  known  as  the  “Murdoch  School”  of   poli6cal  economy.     •  The  Centre’s  objec6ves  are  to:   o  produce  high  quality  academic  research  publica6ons;     o  foster  high  quality  research  graduates;  and     o  contribute  to  policy  debate  and  public  understanding  on  issues  concerning   contemporary  Asia.   •  The  Centre’s  produc6vity  has  been  staggering,  with  hundreds  of  scholarly   contribu6ons.  
  5. 5. Indonesia   •  The  Australian  Consor6um  for  'In-­‐Country'  Indonesian  Studies  (ACISIS)  has   been  coordinated  by  a  small  secretariat  based  at  Murdoch  since  1994.   •  Murdoch’s  exper6se  in  veterinary  sciences  is  highly  regarded  in  Indonesia.   Many  prac6cing  veterinarians  obtained  their  PhDs  at  Murdoch  University.     •  Collabora6ons  with  Indonesian  universi6es  and  research  centres  have  been  in   water  management,  biotechnology,  freshwater  biodiversity  and  marine   resources  management.   •  The  Asia  Research  Centre  is   interna6onally-­‐recognised   for  its  exper6se  on  social,   poli6cal  and  economic   change  in  Indonesia.       •  Its  successive  cohorts  of   Indonesian  postgraduates   remain  ac6ve  in  academia,   the  public  sector  and  within   NGOs.       Kompas  mee6ng,  2013  
  6. 6. Indonesia  now   •  Murdoch’s  latest  strategic  ini6a6ve  –   the  Indonesia  Research  Programme  –   is  led  by  Prof.  Vedi  Hadiz.     •  Its  will  deepen  engagement  by   exploring  new  areas  of  collabora6on   with  Indonesian  educa6onal   ins6tu6ons,  research  centres,   ministries,  NGOs  and  media,  with   cri6cal  areas  being  food  security,   biosecurity  and  sustainable   development.     •  The  ini6a6ve  has  resulted  in  new  and  renewed  collabora6ve  agreements:   Directorate  General  of  Higher  Educa6on  (Dik6),  University  of  Indonesia,  Airlangga   University,  Gadjah  Mada  University,  Universitas  Katolik  Parahyangan  (Bandung),   Bogor  Agricultural  University  and  Indonesian  Ins6tute  of  Sciences.   Bappenas  training,  2013  
  7. 7. Indonesia  now   •  Other  high  profile  ac6vi6es  include:   o  Joint  seminars  in  June  2013  and   March  2014  with  Kompas  media   group.     o  Suppor6ng  policy  reform  by   training  Indonesian  public   servants    iden6fied  by  Bappenas   (Indonesian  Na6onal   Development  Planning  Agency).   •  Nego6a6ng  a  mul6-­‐year  training   programme  for  Indonesian  academics   in  the  social  sciences.  Iden6fied  by   the  Indonesian  government,  the   collabora6ve  is  with  the  University  of   Indonesia.  It  will  eventually  involve  a   na6onal  consor6um  of  Indonesian   universi6es.   •  A  collabora6ve  arrangement  with  the   Faculty  of  Social  and  Poli6cal  Sciences   of  Gadjah  Mada  University  (UGM)   facilitates  staff  exchange,  joint   teaching  and  research.   Kompas  seminar,  2014  
  8. 8. China   •  Murdoch’s  links  with  China   are  also  long-­‐standing.   •  New  developments  include:   o  Partnering  with  the  Chinese  Academy  of  Agricultural  Sciences   for  the  establishment  of  the  Australia-­‐China  Joint  Centre  for   Wheat  Improvement.   o  A  collabora6on  with  the  Chinese  Academy  of  Forestry  with  an   MoU  for  academic  and  research  collabora6on,  building  on   more  than  20  years  of  collabora6on  and  staff  exchanges  that   began  with  an  ACIAR  project  on  eucalypts.  
  9. 9. China   o  Murdoch’s  Nature  Based  Tourism  Research  Group   collaborates  with  Peking  University’s  Centre  for   Recrea6on  and  Tourism  Research,  and  the   Interna6onal  Tourism  Studies  Associa6on.   Exchanges  have  included  compara6ve  work  on   conserva6on  of  pandas  and  dolphins.   o  In  2014,  the  two  universi6es  have  partnered  for   the  Interna6onal  Tourism  Studies  Associa6on   biennial  Conference,  hosted  at  Murdoch.   o  China’s  Northwest  A&F  University,  co-­‐ administered  by  Ministry  of  Educa6on,  Ministry  of   Agriculture,  Ministry  of  Water  Resources,  State   Forestry  Administra6on,  Chinese  Academy  of   Sciences,  and  Shaanxi  Province,  has  established  a   new  joint  Research  Centre  for  Abio6c  and  Bio6c   Stress  Management  in  Agriculture,    Hor6culture,   and  Forestry.  It  partners  with  Murdoch’s  Centre   for  Food  Security  and  Biosecurity.     VC  Professor  Richard  Higgol   with  Professor  Sun  Qixin,   President  of  Northwest   Agriculture  and  Forestry   University,  signing  an   agreement  for  a  new  joint   research  centre.    
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