Former diplomat and leading academic Professor Jocelyn Chey AM has
been named the Foundation Director of the new Australia-China Institute
for Arts and
Culture at Western Sydney University.
Professor Chey is one of
Australia's eminent scholars in Chinese studies and Australia
China-relations, and as one of the nation's leading diplomats helped lay
the foundations for trade and cultural relations between China and
Professor Chey will drive Western Sydney University's
vision for the Australia-China Institute to be a world-leading authority
on all facets of Chinese arts and culture, which are at the heart of
one of the world's oldest societies.
In doing so, the Institute
will deepen relations and enrich understanding between Australia, China,
Taiwan, Hong Kong and other centres of Chinese culture – opening doors
for further collaborations across research, teaching, and international
The Institute has been made possible by a generous
donation of $3.5 million over three years from businessman and
philanthropist, Mr Xiangmo Huang – the largest single donation ever
received by the University.
Western Sydney University has more
than 3000 students born, raised or residing in China and who speak
Chinese at home. It also has some 8000 alumni living in China.
Professor Barney Glover says the Institute will be an important point
of access to Chinese culture, leveraging the University's existing
world-class research and scholarship in Chinese literature, translation,
interpretation, music composition and history.
"It is important
that we continue to broaden our understanding and appreciation of
Chinese culture, arts and language, in order to build stronger
connections across our region," says Professor Glover.
Australia-China Institute at Western Sydney University will help promote
these scholarly exchanges through a shared appreciation of Chinese art,
music and literature.
"We are especially delighted to have
someone of Professor Jocelyn Chey's calibre join us. I have no doubt
that under Professor Chey's distinguished leadership, the
Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture will foster and promote
the exchange of knowledge and ideas, becoming an important resource
for all Australians."
The Institute will build on existing
teaching and research programs across the University, and will conduct a
range of public engagement and education activities. It will also
develop a Masters program in Chinese arts and literature, with the first
students anticipated to commence in 2018.
31 August 2016