Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), the University of Sydney, delivered a speech on “Multi-disciplinary Centres and Research Approaches at the University of Sydney” as guest speaker of the Sydney Ideas – Suzhou forum at the University of Sydney Centre in China on 12 March, 2018.
More than 40 representatives from Renmin University of China, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, Xi’an Jiaotong University Suzhou Academy, Soochow University, KIT China, University of Surrey, SIP Administrative Committee, China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Development Co., Ltd., Dushu Lake Entrepreneurship University, etc. attended the event.
Professor Duncan Ivison started from why the University of Sydney decided to embrace multi-disciplinary initiatives, emphasizing the necessity of going multi-disciplinary in the present-day society; he then briefed on the challenges confronting the University’s multi-disciplinary efforts and its measures to cope with them; at the end, he concluded that it’s no easy job to do multi-disciplinary research but we must go for it because it’s the inevitable choice of the 21st century.
After his speech, Professor Ivison further interacted with the audience during the Q&A session, when he gave a more detailed introduction to the University of Sydney’s multi-disciplinary centres and specific research projects, how the University has reacted to real-world difficulties along the way, and how it has involved PhD students in multi-disciplinary research work.
Professor Ivison is a political philosopher with research and teaching interests in contemporary political theory, the history of political thought and moral philosophy. As DVC Research, he is responsible for helping to develop and deliver the University’s research strategy and supporting the pursuit of outstanding fundamental and applied research across the institution.
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