Sydney Ideas – Suzhou: University Provost approaches graduate education challenge at Centre in China

December 14, 2017

Professor Stephen Garton, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sydney, appeared as guest speaker at the Sydney Ideas – Suzhou forum at the University of Sydney Centre in China on the evening of 13 December, 2017.

Professor Garton spoke under the title Producing researchers not just research: The Australian challenge for graduate training, touching upon the topic from such perspectives as Australia’s undergraduate and graduate tradition, reforming graduate education, a national priority and the Sydney response.

Professor Garton interacted with the audience during the following Q and A session to share his views about introducing reform into graduate training, various forms of communication training included in PhD program, the fundamental role of critical thinking, multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research effort and collaboration, etc.

Representatives from Renmin University of China Suzhou Campus, National University of Singapore Suzhou Research Institute, KIT China Branch, Soochow University, SIP-ULCA Institute for Technology Advancement, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, CAS Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing University (Suzhou) Hi-Tech Research Institute, Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou), Shanghai Australia International High School, etc. attended the forum.

Professor Garton is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA) and the University of NSW (PhD) and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Royal Australian Historical Society. His area of research expertise is Australian history, although he has also published in the fields of American and British history. Professor Garton was appointed as the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney in August 2009.

Held in the University of Sydney’s Centre in China, Sydney Ideas – Suzhou is a regular forum to connect leading thinkers from Australia, China and around the world to the Yangtse River Delta community for intellectual and creative exchanges. Professor Garton’s forum is the final Sydney Ideas – Suzhou event for 2017 and we look forward to an active and stimulating program in 2018.


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