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Universities seek renewed focus

Australia’s Innovative Universities in Asia, released today, shows how IRU members have led universities’ engagement with Asia since the 1960s. “Our Universities have been engaged in Asia since foundation. We had the first Asian Studies degree and were among the first to offer languages Asian languages and to set up research Centres focused at Asian countries and the region” says Professor Barney Glover, Chair IRU and Vice-Chancellor, Charles Darwin University.

“Over 2013 and 2014 IRU members will build on our strong foundation to deliver:

  • a wider range of courses and practicums in Asia, using the presence of other Australian students to overcome the challenges that living in Asia can pose;
  • an IRU Asian Languages Network, to overcome the pressure on individual languages in each university. This will support both: o strong interest in degree majors in Mandarin, Japanese, Indonesian and Hindi; and o a diploma in languages available for students of all degrees; and
  • improved research linkages, in particular with Malaysia, China, and Indonesia.”

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