The University of Newcastle is celebrating our 55th anniversary since becoming an independent institution in 1965. As such, 2020 marks a special year for our legacy and continued commitment to our regions, communities and responsibilities – and an important value under the University’s strategic priorities is our commitment to “Sustainability”.

The recent bushfire crisis across Australia greatly impacted the environment, ecosystem, and everyday lives of many people and wildlife. Our wildlife has the same right as us to love, live and thrive sustainably on our planet. This sentiment is shared and felt globally at the heart of the climate change debate.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also changed the way we engage with the community. In light of the virus affecting many large public events, the concept of Newcastle China Week 2020 has been revisited and the cultural festival will be postponed. Nonetheless, the Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle endeavours to engage with our community and present the online photographic exhibition of Part I “Love Between Two Cranes” and Part II “Love from Our Shared World”.

Online exhibition

Red sunset with several cranes

Part I: Love Between Two Cranes

Photography by Mr Keju Wang

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Native bird with beak in water

Part II: Love from our Shared World

Photography by Sydney Chinese photographers

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.