7th FASIC Conference kicks off in Suzhou

November 23, 2019
The 7th Foundation for Australian Studies in China conference, titled Innovative Partnerships: Australia and China Engagement in Education, Science and Technology, kicks off here in Suzhou on Friday.

The FASIC conference is convened by Professor Kee Pookong, BHP Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University, hosted by the University of Sydney Centre in China, sponsored by the Foundation for Australian Studies in China and supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Suzhou Dushu Lake Entrepreneurship Development Centre and the Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office China.

Speaking at the conference, Australian Consul General in Shanghai, Mr. Dominic Trindade congratulated FASIC and the University of Sydney Centre in China.

“Engagement in education opens the doors to a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities we face together across the globe, from epidemics to climate change.”

He also highlighted that this year’s location is particularly pertinent as Jiangsu and Victoria are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their sister-state relationship. The vibrant relationship, he emphasised, is a strong illustration of the innovative partnerships that the conference attendees have gathered to explore and discuss.

Belinda Hutchinson AM, the 18th Chancellor of the University of Sydney, mentioned that very focused strategic relationships have been established with Fudan University, Zheijiang University and Shanghai Jiaotong University, and more will follow.

“We are particularly keen to develop institutional partnerships in two other research themes that have been targeted for growth by the Chinese government and that seek to address challenging issues that we all share sustainable food production and smart cities”, she said.

The Chancellor has also introduced that University of Sydney Business School researchers have recently completed an Intelligent Cities Index for China that assesses and ranks the AI capability of Chinese cities, providing a list of the top 11 cities. “It will come as no surprise that the report assesses Beijing, with its US $2.1 billion A.I technology park, as number 1”, she said.

Professor Kee Pookong said, “the 7th FASIC Conference celebrates and strengthens Australia-China knowledge exchanges, and offers an exciting opportunity for researchers, practitioners and students of related fields to contribute to lively and constructive dialogues. Major Australian government announcements designed to strengthen innovation and science links with China, and the 40th anniversary of the State of Victoria and Jiangsu Province sister state relationship, make this conference a timely opportunity to reflect on successful models of collaborative education and explore new models for future Australia-China engagement.”

The Conference brings together over 100 participants from China and Australia from a range of academic and professional backgrounds to discuss current research, reflect on recent Australia-China engagement achievements and identify opportunities for the further development of knowledge ties.

The conference also showcases Australia and China’s close and productive ties in education, science, technology and other fields of specialised knowledge.

Previous conferences:

1st FASIC Conference – 2013, Peking University, Beijing

2nd FASIC Conference – 2014, Renmin University of China, Beijing

3rd FASIC Conference – 2015, East China Normal University, Shanghai

4th FASIC Conference – 2016, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou

5th FASIC Conference – 2017, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou

6th FASIC Conference – 2018, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu