Prominent Chinese Professor gives UQ CI Public Lecture

9 August 2018

Prominent Chinese academic of Australian Studies, Professor Hong Chen spoke about the Australia-China relationship in a Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland Public Lecture on July 28, 2018. Over 100 people attended the lecture, held at the Stamford Plaza hotel in Brisbane, including representatives from the business community.

Mr Hong Chen is currently a Professor in Australian Studies at East China Normal University (ECNU) and is the Director of ECNU’s Australian Studies Centre. He has authored many books in Australian Studies including Contemporary Australian Society, From Isolation to the World: Australian Culture, Australian Literary Criticism. Professor Chen is a renowned speaker, presenting at many major conferences such as the 2013 FASIC Conference, held in Beijing, in the panel discussion on the topic of “The Inscrutable Australian”. He is also Executive Vice President of the National Association of Australian Studies in China and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Australian Studies.

Professor Chen’s research fields include China-Australian relations, China-New Zealand relations, and Australian politics. He participated recently in a panel discussion on ABC television about China and international affairs.

The public lecture was part of the Australia-China Emerging Leaders Summit (ACELS) 2018, organised by the Australia-China Youth Association and held at UQ’s St Lucia campus from July 26 to 28. The Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland was a major sponsor of ACELS. The summit’s theme was “Navigating the Contemporary Australia-China Relationship” and canvassed a wide range of topics, bringing together some of the brightest young minds engaged in the bilateral relationship. Professor Chen was also a workshop participant during the conference.

The Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) is a non-profit organisation devoted to promoting engagement between students and young professionals in both Australia and China. The organisation positions itself as the preeminent stakeholder for youth in this crucial bilateral relationship.

Professor Ping Chen, Director of the Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland, who introduced the speaker to the audience, was delighted with the outcome of the public lecture.

“It is a great honour to have such a prominent academic from China giving the lecture,” Professor Chen said.

 “We regularly organise seminars, public lectures as well as workshops in Chinese studies and on China-related themes,” he added.

The President of ACYA at UQ, Ms Priscilla Lock, thanked the UQ Confucius Institute for arranging the public lecture and providing sponsorship for the summit.

“On behalf of the ACYA, I wish to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland for supporting our national conference, the Australia-China Emerging Leaders Summit 2018,” she said.