The Asia Institute is The University of Melbourne's key centre for studies in Asian languages, cultures and societies. Asia Institute academic staff have an array of research interests and specialisations, and strive to provide leadership in the study of the intellectual, legal, politico-economic, cultural and religious traditions and transformations of Asia and the Islamic world. The Institute is committed to community engagement and offers a dynamic program of academic and community-focused events and cultural exchanges that aim to promote dialogue and debate.
- 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 studies
Arabic is is the fifth most commonly spoken native language in the world, with about 230 million people speaking it as their first language. Arabic studies students at the Asia Institute will learn not only about reading, writing and speaking in Arabic, but also living and interacting in the 'Arab way'.
- 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.
The Asia Institute is recognised in Australia and internationally as a research leader on Asia. Research interests of staff and graduate students at Asia Institute are broad, spanning a diverse range of disciplines, including language and society, identity and culture, thought and belief, mobility and diversity, and politics and the economy.
Research interests of staff and graduate students at Asia Institute are broad, spanning a wide range disciplines as well the various language and area specialisations.
Research centres and networks
Asia Institute is associated with the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies and the Population, Migration and Multicultural Studies Network.
The Asia Institute is distinguished by its active research profile. Faculty and graduate research projects involve not only aspects of our four target areas (Arabic and Islamic Studies, China, Indonesia, Japan) but also, and very importantly, Australia's relationship to Asia.
Academic staff make significant contributions to the understanding of Asian languages and societies. Publications are often in English but staff also make important contributions to literature in other languages, increasing our international profile.
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Congratulations to the winner of the Asia Institute Graduate Community Award 2016!
The Asia Institute Graduate Community Award was established to acknowledge the achievements of graduates who have contributed to the Asia Institute’s mission - promoting Asia literacy and connecting Asia and Australia - and who have demonstrated excellence in the University of Melbourne graduate attributes of working and contributing as active global citizens. The award recognises graduates whose service and contributions have made a significant difference, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. This year's winner is Mr Johannis Bayer, Managing Director and Chief Interpreter, Interlect Interpreters. Mr Bayer was awarded for his outstanding achievements in the field of conference interpreting. The Asia Institute wishes him all the best for his continued work, and we hope to hear more about his future accomplishments.News
New podcast from AI: Ear to Asia
Ear to Asia is a new podcast series from Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts. The newly-released first episode features an interview with Professor Vedi Hadiz on the topic "Modernity's broken promise and the rise of a new Islamic populism". Visit the Ear to Asia podcast web page to listen now, subscribe and share through Soundcloud, Stitcher or iTunes.News
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