ANU Opens China Liaison Office

27 March 2017

They'll be working across a variety of functions from research and market intelligence, to communications and marketing, alumni relations through to assisting with high-level delegation visits.

The University has opened a new office in China to boost its profile on the ground and help it to expand its relationships with other institutions and government bodies.

The ANU China Liaison Office has opened at the Australian Chamber of Commerce, which is adjacent to the central business district of Beijing.

"This will give ANU new abilities to further develop those relationships be they for research, for student mobility in both directions, for alumni engagement and for engagement with industry and government in China as well," said the China Liaison Office's Director, Amanda Barry.

"Beijing, like Canberra, is a government town, so there's a lot of opportunities across a wide range of sectors."

The office will also provide a conduit for colleges within ANU to engage further afield throughout China and Asia in research and with students.

"I'm a big believer in student mobility and in young Australians going to China to see what it's all about," she said.

The office will be accepting interns who may like to experience life in an overseas country.

"Students and recent graduates of ANU will be encouraged to apply. They could be either Chinese nationals or anyone from any other nationality - ideally with Chinese language ability, but not necessarily.

"I'm looking for students who have an interest in the Australia-China relationship. They'll be working across a variety of functions from research and market intelligence, to communications and marketing, alumni relations through to assisting with high-level delegation visits.

Amanda moved to China in 2005 and lives there with her husband who is from Beijing but grew up in Australia. She's spent the past 10 years working in Australia-China relations, working with alumni, the Australian Embassy, and Peking University where she ran a study abroad program for American students to come to China.

"So I've had quite a broad range of experience and I'm really excited that this ANU-China role really brings a lot of that together."

Amanda expects the internships will be made available by mid-year.

For more information about the ANU China Liaison Office or interning there, contact Amanda on +86 150 1144 0032 or email on Amanda.Barry@anu.edu.au or amandabarry185@gmail.com.