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The Australian National University

Overview of Chinese studies

The Australian National University is one of the foremost institutions in the world outside of China for research and teaching about China. The University's academic staff includes close to fifty China specialists in the social sciences and humanities spread throughout a number of departments.

Research and teaching of Chinese studies at the University are concentrated in the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific.

The School of Culture, History & Language has academics engaged in the study of China in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, gender and cultural studies, history, philosophy, religion, linguistics, literature, language, and translation.

The School of International, Political & Strategic Studies is dedicated to advancing analysis and understanding of the international, political, societal, and strategic affairs of Asia and the Pacific. Academics in this school are engaged in the study of China's role in international and global politics and its relevance in defence and strategic issues, as well as its domestic politics and development.

The Australian Centre on China in the World is a research institution established to enhance the University's existing capabilities and thereby to create an integrated, world-leading institution for Chinese Studies and the understanding of China. This centre takes a broad, holistic view and engages multidisciplinary expertise in order to enhance innovative research and education on China increase the profile of China-related work in Australia and internationally.

The Crawford School of Economics & Government is active in research on the Chinese economy and political economy. This professional policy school offers academic coursework programs, and short, tailored executive programs for individual and corporate clients in the public and private sectors. Of the school's many research programs, the China Economy Program coordinates and projects into relevant external communities the research of ANU-based scholars on the Chinese economy and business. The school also coordinates the University's annual China Update.

Programs and projects

Library holdings

The University library and nearby National Library of Australia house two of the largest Chinese-language collections outside China. The ANU library has approximately 160,000 Chinese-language volumes and 6,400 sets of Chinese journal serials in its stacks, as well as very extensive electronic resources. The National Library of Australia in Canberra, located near the University, has 250,000 books in Chinese, 5,100 Chinese-language serials, and 250 Chinese-language newspaper subscriptions.

Updated:  24 March 2014/Responsible Officer:  Director, ANU China Institute /Page Contact:  ANU China Institute