First Melbourne-Asia Visiting Fellows Announced

December 13 / 126

Sixteen academics from around Asia have been given inaugural Melbourne-Asia Visiting Fellowships for 2014-15.

Initially announced in October, the fellowship program provides a total of $180,000 in support for the University’s faculties to host visiting academics from the region.

This first iteration of the program will take in researchers from China, India, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

As part of their visit, fellows will present public lectures and specialist seminars related to their research and collaborations with the University’s academics.

Seven of the University’s 11 faculties and graduate schools will host fellows, who come from universities including the National University of Singapore, Peking University, Fudan University, the University of Indonesia and National Taiwan University.

The successful fellows are:

Wu Yidong (Nanjing Agricultural, China)

Li Baizhan (Congqing University, China)

Khadria Binod (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)

Yeh Jiunn-rong (National Taiwan University)

Chetan Vaidya (School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India)

Jia Liangding (Nanjing University, China)

Joohon Sung (Seoul National University, South Korea)

Yeung Kwok Yung Godfrey (National University of Singapore)

Bao Mahong (Peking University, China)

Sun Pei (Fudan University, China)

Todung Mulya Lubis (University of Indonesia)

Vernon Lee (National University of Singapore)

Alex Cook (National University of Singapore)

Ponnampalam Gorpalakrishnakone (National University of Singapore)

Qin Bo (Renmin Univeristy of China)

Kabir Sheikh (Public Health Foundation of India)

Lan Phuong Nguyen (Vietnam National Institute for Educational Services)

The program is the latest initiative by the University to promote greater engagement with Asia. The Melbourne Asia Research Network was officially launched earlier this month, linking together the University’s existing Asia-focused centres and institutes to increase support for research and engagement activities.

Professor Simon Evans, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) said the fellowship program would build on the University’s extensive relationships in Asia, with 65 formal agreements for academic cooperation and exchange already in place.

“The program is aimed at promoting enduring – and deeper – collaborations with our counterparts in Asia, and will complement existing University programs focused on enhanced two-way exchange in the Asian region,” he said.

“We are particularly keen to welcome those who are working in areas aligned with the Grand Challenges laid out in the University’s Research @ Melbourne strategy.

“The Grand Challenges cover topics such as fostering health and wellbeing, supporting sustainability and resilience and understanding our place and purpose.

“And as well as embedding opportunities to develop Asia-capabilities in the domestic curriculum, the University seeks to enhance two-way exchange for students and scholars with counterparts in universities in the Asian region,” Professor Evans said.

“Collaboration and exchange enable the University’s researchers, teachers and students to work in partnership to address to the tremendous social, cultural, economic, demographic and geopolitical changes occurring in the region. These fellowships are, in part, a response to these changes.”

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