As Director, it is my great pleasure to introduce the Asia Institute, a School of the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne. The Asia Institute is The University of Melbourne's key centre for studies in Asian languages and cultures. Our teaching programs include Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese languages, as well as Asian and Islamic Studies. The Asia Institute has close links with other Schools and Faculties across the University, and our programs are strongly interdisciplinary in focus.
Academic staff at the Asia Institute have an array of research interests and specialisations which may be loosely grouped into three broad categories: language and society, religion and tradition, and mobility and popular culture. Academics at the Asia Institute are regularly called on by local and national media sources to provide expert opinions on a range of contemporary and historical issues that arise in both scholarly and popular debate. The Asia Institute also has an exciting roster of visiting scholars, hosts several annual conferences, and participates in a range of cultural exchange programs. Our close involvement with the broader community is further demonstrated by our hosting of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies and a new Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies.
The importance of Asia and the Middle East to Australia - and the world - continues to grow at a significant pace. Many of Australia's largest and most important trading partners are based in Asia, and diplomatic exchanges between Australia and the Middle East are expanding in both number and importance. The Asia Institute strives to provide leadership in the study of the rich intellectual, legal, political, cultural and religious traditions of these vital regions.
On behalf of our staff and students, as well as our alumni and friends, I am delighted to welcome you to the Asia Institute.
Professor Pookong Kee, Director, Asia Institute.
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- Asian studies
The countries of Asia are Australia's largest trading partners and are of vital importance to Australia's economic growth and security. For Australians, Asia increasingly defines who we are and our place in the world.
- Arabic language and studies
Arabic is identified in many Australian government reports and publications as a priority language, one of strategic importance to Australia's national interests. The Asia Institute is proud to deliver a comprehensive Arabic Studies program.
- Chinese language and studies
China is a 'rising power' in the Western Pacific region whose future importance for Australia is hard to over-estimate. China's current levels of investment in research and development and in the tertiary sector indicate that China is poised to make a very rapid transition to a 'knowledge economy'.
- Gender studies
The Gender Studies program at The University of Melbourne offers students the potential to learn about issues such as sexual difference, gender equity, queer politics and sexuality, from a variety of thought-provoking and provocative perspectives.
- Indonesian language and studies
Indonesia's geographic proximity and strategic importance to Australia make it vital to understand its peoples, politics, history, languages and cultures.
- Islamic studies
The Islamic studies program at the University of Melbourne provides students with the opportunity to study the development of Islamic thought and Muslim societies from a broad multidisciplinary perspective.
- Japanese language and studies
The study of Japanese language and culture gives the individual insight not only into a deep and diverse culture but also provides important contrasts when considering various nations' roles in the Asia Pacific region.
All researchers (staff, students and student supervisors) who are undertaking research involving humans require ethics approval. This includes anyone who is:
- gathering information about human beings (and organisations) through interviewing, surveying, questionnaires, observation of human behaviour, audio/video taping, administering tests or stimuli, collecting or using human tissue/bone/blood or other body fluids
- conducting clinical trials
- using archived data in which individuals are identifiable
- studying or researching in illegal activities
Detailed information regarding ethics for both RHD students and staff is available at the Faculty of Arts Human research ethics web page.
Current research grants awarded to Asia Institute staff
The position of the Asia Institute as a research leader on Asia is recognized both within Australia and on an international level. Staff members from our institute have received nationally and internationally competitive grant funding to pursue innovative research projects from a host of national and international funding agencies.
Grant funding has assisted staff members from Asia Institute in all areas of research including the support of field-work and research trips to various parts of Asia. Grant money has supported research into areas including IVF and reproductive tourism in Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia, traditional medicines and medicine markets in China, the study of Islam and identity in Java between 1830-1920, and the politics associated with the reconstruction of Tokyo following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Grant funding has also allowed our staff members to present findings from their research at conferences throughout Asia, Europe, and North America and has also been used to support post-graduate research in related areas.
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The Asia Institute holds up to three examinations for LOTE accreditation for prospective teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese each year.
Thursday 5:30pm - 7:00pmBuilding a Chinese Dream: Language, Power and HierarchySeminar/Forum
Thursday 5:30pm - 7:00pmChina as a Polar Great PowerFree Public Lecture
Monday 6:00pm - 7:30pmJapanese security policy under Prime Minister Abe: A revival of militarism?Free Public Lecture
Thursday 5:30pm - 7:00pmOne Country, Two Welfare Regimes: Transition to Adulthood of Grown-up Young People Cared for by the ...Seminar/Forum
Thursday 5:30pm - 7:00pmChina: from Antimonopoly Law to Organisation Bureau, China Communist PartySeminar/Forum
Thursday 5:30pm - 7:00pmQueer Migrants to Australia: A Conceptual OverviewSeminar/Forum