ANU Malaysia Institute Launch

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

The launch will be followed by light refreshments in the Hedley Bull atrium and we ask all guests to please register via our Eventbrite page.

The College of Asia and the Pacific is pleased to announce the launch of the Australian National University’s Malaysia Institute.

The new ANU Malaysia Institute draws together a wide range of ANU interests in Malaysia, where around 40 academic staff and graduate students are currently researching Malaysia-related topics.

Australia has long-standing institutional and people-to-people ties with Malaysia, which remains a key regional partner for Australia in the twenty-first century. Malaysia is Australia's second-largest trading partner in ASEAN and eighth-largest partner overall. Diplomatic and security ties remain close, including recent agreements on transnational crime and terrorism. Educational exchanges make up much of the people-to-people ties. Around 24,000 Malaysian students study at Australian universities, the second highest number of international students, while another 24,000 are enrolled to obtain Australian qualifications in Malaysia.

In academic studies, many of the most highly regarded works on Malaysian history, politics, economics, sociology and law have been written by Australians, or in Australian universities. Much of this ground-breaking research has been carried out at the ANU.

The new Institute seeks to consolidate the university’s position as the foremost centre of Malaysian studies outside Malaysia. The Institute will provide important scholarly exchanges and research collaboration in a range of disciplines, in order to maintain and enhance the world-leading scholarship of Malaysian Studies in Australia.

The launch of the institute focuses on Malaysia’s politics, where three internationally-renowned speakers will provide insights into the current political situation surrounding corruption allegations, federalism, and a fractured opposition in the lead-up to Malaysia’s next general elections, likely to be sometime in 2017.

About the speakers

Professor Meredith Weiss is Director of International Programs, Department of Political Science, Albany University, United States. She has published extensively on Malaysian politics, including Student Activism in Asia: Between Protest and Powerlessness (with Edward Aspinall, University of Minnesota Press, Fall 2012), and Electoral Dynamics in Malaysia: Findings from the Grassroots (ISEAS/SIRD, 2013) She is currently a Visiting Fellow with the Department of Political and Social Change, ANU.

Professor James Chin is Director of the Asia Institute, University of Tasmania. He is a prolific writer and frequent commentator on Malaysian affairs with the Australian media. Recent publications include Malaysia Post-Mahathir. A Decade of Change? (edited with Joern Dosch), Marshall Cavendish, Singapore, 2015.

Professor Michael Leigh is one of Australia’s most respected analysts of Malaysia. His long and distinguished career has included appointments at Sydney University (head of the Department of Government and Public Administration 1989-1991), the International College Penang (Director, 1992-6), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (director of the Institute of East Asian Studies, 1997-2003), Melbourne University (Professor of Contemporary Asia and Director of the Asia Institute, 2004-2006) and the Aceh Research Training Institute (director, 2007-2009). Among his many publications is the seminal The Rising Moon. Political Change in Sarawak, Sydney University Press, 1974.

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