Australia-China Council

Australian Studies in China

The Australia-China Council has been supporting Australian Studies in China for over two decades and provides funding to a network of over 30 Australian Studies Centres across China. The network is one of Australia’s leading public diplomacy and education engagement platforms that is set to grow in importance for Australia-China relations.

The objectives of the Australian Studies Program are:

In 2011 the Australia-China Council established the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC). The Foundation is an independent non-profit foundation in Australia created to support Australian Studies Centres and to provide funding and other support to the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies to be located at Peking University in Beijing.

In 2011 the Australia-China Council, Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC), BHP Billiton and Peking University established the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University.

The Chair is the first high-profile, privately-funded Australian professorial position in China, and is a reflection of growing academic engagement between the two countries. The establishment of the Chair was announced by the Prime Minister in April 2011 during the official visit to China.

Professor David Walker, inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University, with the delegates of 2012 Australia-China Youth Dialogue. Image courtesy of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue
Professor David Walker, inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University, with the delegates of 2012 Australia-China Youth Dialogue. Image courtesy of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue.