ANU strengthens its partnership with Harvard University

9 February 2018

In February 2018, ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt and Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans led an ANU delegation to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to build on our long history of collaboration and set the foundations for the future of the partnership.

Harvard is the single largest research partner for the ANU in the United States. It is America's oldest university and consistently ranks at or among the top of US and global institutions.

By working closely with the best universities around the world, ANU creates opportunities for students and staff, raises the quality and impact of its research, and connects Australian policy-makers with leading international thinkers.

The ANU delegation also included Vice-President Jane O'Dwyer, Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific Professor Michael Wesley, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science Professor Elanor Huntington, Dean of the College of Science Professor Kiaran Kirk, Director of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts Professor Paul Pickering and Paul Harris, Director of the ANU North American Liaison Office.

Priorities for the visit included:

  • broadening and deepening collaboration in the sciences, particularly in astronomy, health/medicine and biology
  • identifying opportunities for new links in engineering and computer science, and for the new ANU Innovation Institutes
  • strengthening collaboration in public policy and Asia-Pacific studies with Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, including joint courses (for example in public leadership) and joint research initiatives (eg. international security)
  • networking ANU with leading international centres of Australian studies
  • increasing opportunities for student exchange and mobility.

Highlights of the ANU delegation's visit included meeting with Harvard President Professor Drew Faust; a public event with Chancellor Gareth Evans in conversation with Harvard Professor and former US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power; and a reception for ANU alumni and Australian staff and students at Harvard, hosted by Professor David Haig, Chair of Harvard's Committee on Australian Studies.

Harvard is one of the partner universities selected for the new ANU Global Research Partnerships Scheme which provides funding for new collaboration in line with the university's Strategic Plan. Applications for the first round have already been submitted and Round 2 applications will open in May and close in August.

By building on our successful history with Harvard, ANU is investing in the next generation of high-quality international collaboration, to ensure the partnership goes from strength to strength.

Follow-up visits will take place through 2018.