The Australian National University (ANU) has reaffirmed its global leadership and expertise on China through a series of changes and new investment in China studies and the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW).
Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Professor Michael Wesley said the changes will strengthen the capacity, independence and scope of China Studies at ANU.
"With these changes ANU reaffirms its national responsibility to be the preeminent independent centre for the study of China and its continued rise as a global player on the world stage," Professor Wesley said.
He said the University will make four new strategic senior academic appointments at CIW to lead the study of Chinese elite politics, Modern Chinese history, culture/film/media studies, and contemporary Chinese society.
Under the new structure, CIW will also become a University-wide hub for research on China that will foster greater collaboration and communication between scholars across the University.
"These new appointments will ensure the University has a sustainable research program tied to the interests of China scholars across the University," he said.
The changes following an ANU-commissioned independent review of China studies.
Professor Wesley said a new Director for CIW will be appointed from one of the new senior academic positions.
He said ANU would also consider a series of new programs in China Studies, including postgraduate programs, language programs and summer schools.