The University of Newcastle, Australia

China research conference hosted in Southern Hemisphere for first time

Thursday, 11 August 2016

The University of Newcastle (UON), along with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), will co-present the China Road International Conference this weekend (August 13-15), the first time the international event will be staged in the Southern Hemisphere.

China Road International Conference

One of the largest delegations of leading Chinese scholars is set to arrive in the Hunter for the conference, which will further strengthen the relationship between Newcastle and China.

CASS, the premier research and policy institution in China for such research, known as Asia's leading think-tank, along with UON and other Chinese institutions, will have the opportunity to forge close ties through the conference as it provides a portal through which researchers and scholars can collaborate.

Across the weekend, keynote speakers and delegates from China and around the world will provide expert commentary on issues such as philosophy, economics, politics, society, education, culture, and international relations.

One of those experts, Professor Roland Boer from UON’s School of Humanities and Social Science, will delve into the history, theory and practice of Chinese politics in his keynote speech.

“Having Newcastle host this conference is a huge boost for the reputation of our region in China, particularly as it’s the first time it has been held in Australia,” Professor Boer explained.

“Forty of China’s top scholars will join us over the weekend, which speaks to the significance of this conference. To have 26 scholars joining us specifically from the prestigious Chinese Academy of Social Sciences is a major achievement for Newcastle.”

“This weekend will be just the start of a much broader, deeper relationship between our countries as long-term research collaboration between UON and top-tier universities and institutions across China becomes commonplace. It’s an honour to be involved.”

Special guests for the conference include General Manager of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and UON alumnus, Nick Coyle, as well as Global Business Anchor for China Central Television, Cheng Lei.

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