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University purpose: Responsibility regarding Asia & the Pacific

Analysis of performance against purpose

The ANU International Strategy, endorsed in late 2019, builds on the University’s founding mission by setting out the University’s commitment to deepening engagement in the Asia-Pacific region as one of its four key ambitions. In order to achieve this, the strategy has proposed an enabling ecosystem of fellowships, scholarships and targeted institution-level regional plans to provide organisational capability and opportunities for staff and students both from, and with expertise and interest in, Asia and the Pacific.

In 2019, ANU was successful in its bid to host the Australia Pacific Security College (APSC). APSC is an educational institution funded by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and designed in consultation with Pacific Island nations, which aims to strengthen regional security through collaborative learning and enhanced people-to-people relationships. Activities will support critical thinking about national security priorities, including climate change, and the increasing complexity of regional security.

The Vice-Chancellor visited Fiji in 2019, further strengthening the relationship between ANU and the University of the South Pacific.

ANU continues to strengthen relations in Asia and the Pacific through such organisations as the Asia Foundation (which places distinguished visitors at ANU for a period of up to 12 months), the University of Yangon and Ritsumeikan University.

While ANU has the single biggest concentration of Asia-Pacific expertise in the Australian university sector, plans are being developed to mitigate identified risks and ensure the University can continue to fulfil its Asia-Pacific mandate.

Performance criterion

Annual independent evaluations of ANU impact in Asia and the Pacific, demonstrating improvement year-on-year


ANU Strategic Plan 2019–2022, Key Performance Indicator 6, p.25

Result against performance criterion

Partially achieved

Analysis of performance

In October 2019, the University’s International Strategy was endorsed by its Council Committee. As part of the Strategy, ANU has begun to develop underpinning operational plans for key geographic areas, four of which are dedicated to Asia and the Pacific.

These regional plans will ensure that the University builds on long-standing and deep expertise at the College/School/Institute level to develop an institution-wide and forward-looking approach to engaging in, and with, the Asia-Pacific region, and will be reviewed annually.

ERA engagement and impact assessment results did not reflect the deep engagement that ANU has with the Asia-Pacific region. A post-outcomes review has identified that these rankings reflect the uncertainty related to a new metric and the quality of the individual case studies selected for submission but do not reflect a weakening of the University’s impact and engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Significant effort has been diverted by ANU to the improvement of future submissions.

Annual independent evaluations of ANU impact in Asia and the Pacific, demonstrating improvement year-on-year