Asia Pacific Focus

With a proud history of global collaboration and success, we will pursue opportunities for partnerships and engagement in the Asia Pacific Region across business and government. As a globally and socially committed institution, we will invest the capabilities of our students and staff to drive solutions to significant global issues. The initiatives put in place will make a University of Newcastle education available and relevant to the Asia Pacific Region.

Australia will engage with the Pacific with greater intensity and ambition.”

Foreign Policy White Paper, Commonwealth of Australia
Students: Jingyi and Jiasheng Students: Jingyi and Jiasheng


Strategic priorities

Strategic partnerships

Partnering with other universities, civic organisations, industry and philanthropists ensures we are able to amplify our ingenuity and success in contributing to solutions to global challenges.

We will work with partners to address these issues through multidisciplinary research and two-way exchange of our staff and students. We will be recognised globally as an institution of excellence for our engagement and impact and sought out as a collaborative partner in the Asia Pacific Region.

Driven by people

People are the foundation of cooperative partnerships – our staff, students and alumni. Our staff will be globally engaged, contributing their knowledge and expertise to our regions. Our students will have a truly global experience and outlook characterised by diversity, mobility and knowledge exchange. Our alumni will be advocates for our University globally, helping to build our reputation and fostering a community of past, current and future learners.

For Global impact

Our physical and virtual presence in the Asia Pacific Region enables us to address challenges aligned to our Engagement Priorities through research collaboration and enriched student and staff experiences. We will establish global gateways between the University and the Asia Pacific Region.


Key initiatives

Asia Pacific partnerships

We will forge mutually beneficial partnerships in the Asia Pacific Region to support collaborations, international student recruitment, transnational education programs, staff and student exchange, and both outbound and inbound student mobility. These partnerships will enhance the University's research strengths, expand access to international research funding schemes, increase impact and entrepreneurship opportunities, and build reputation.

We will establish joint institutes with partner institutions in the Asia Pacific Region to address complex global issues and to drive the activities of our partnerships.

Globally engaged education

We will embrace a global focus in all learning, ensuring curriculum and programs are internationally relevant, attractive and flexible, and contribute to making our graduates life-ready.

Empowered and connected

We will strengthen connections with alumni, recognising the significance of their lifelong relationship with the University. We will take opportunities to use our outstanding alumni and staff to assist with student recruitment, marketing, industry introductions and engagement, government liaison in offshore locations, running lectures, mentoring start-ups, student outbound and inbound mobility and Work Integrated Learning opportunities.

Our Asia Pacific Hubs: Sydney and Singapore

We will maximise the potential that our activities in the gateway cities of Sydney and Singapore bring in enhancing student experience, connecting students and researchers with business and industry and building our global presence and reputation.


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We will establish three partnered institutes that deliver demonstrable improvements in our research engagement, our education programs, our student experience, and promote the stature of the University on a global stage.


We will see continued growth in the number of students participating in inbound and outbound mobility opportunities in the Asia Pacific Region, making us a leader in student mobility, measured as a proportion of our student cohort.


We will see an increase in uptake of engagement opportunities for alumni that enable them to contribute to our University's outcomes, including mentoring and Work Integrated Learning opportunities, research and engagement partnerships, and philanthropic support.


We will diversify our student cohort and experience by growing the number of students from Asia and the Pacific and reach the national average for international student commencements.

Asia Pacific Focus

We will pursue opportunities for partnerships and engagement in the Asia Pacific Region across business and government.

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In focus

Partnering in the South Pacific

As a globally and socially committed institution, we are working with partners across the world to build equitable prosperity, social cohesion and healthy communities. Of critical importance is ensuring that our nearest neighbours, the Pacific Islands, are supported in the face of significant environmental, social and economic challenges. Our partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme will deliver cooperative and sustainable solutions to complex challenges faced by Pacific Island communities. With a focus on collaboration, we have formed educational partnerships with the Fiji National University and the University of the South Pacific. Through these initiatives and partnerships, we will invest in the capabilities of our students, staff and partners to deliver multidisciplinary research and research training, particularly in the areas of agriculture and fisheries, disaster management and health, in order to drive solutions to significant global issues.

Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

4 - Quality education8 - Decent work and economic growth9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure10 - Reduced inequalities11 - Sustainable cities and communities14 - Life below water17 - Partnerships for the goals

Traditional Custodians

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

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.