Asia Pacific Forum: the challenge of order in a disrupted world

6 September 2017

UQ recently hosted the third collaborative forum in which academics and researchers meet to discuss issues of national and international significance, and how these can be advanced by collaboration in the humanities and social science disciplines.

The forum, which focused on creating change through China-Australian collaboration, is a joint initiative of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and UQ.

UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) Professor Iain Watson said the CASS-UQ Asia Pacific Forum deepens understanding between Australia and China on bilateral, regional and international affairs, and enhances and strengthens collaboration.

“UQ and China are partners in the global economy. UQ has more student mobility, research collaborations and commercialisation partnerships with China than with almost any other country,” he said.

“The strong linkages are a result of long-standing partnerships with Chinese institutions and some of the country’s most influential industry bodies and organisations, including Baosteel and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.”

As part of the program, expert panellists engaged on key social, economic, and policy issues pertinent to the thriving Asia-Pacific relationship, including economic cooperation, sustainable development and governance, and peace and security cooperation.

“Our bilateral relationship is already strong in the areas of science, engineering, and technology, which is why this forum is so important,” Professor Watson said.

“Together, we are bringing the social sciences into sharper focus and using our research synergies as a catalyst for discussions on multiculturalism, friendship, and cooperation.”