Asialink Centre

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The Asialink Centre "is a non-academic department of The University of Melbourne supported by the Myer Foundation and the University of Melbourne. The Asialink Centre promotes public understanding of the countries of Asia and creates links with Asian counterparts. Asialink enables Australians to contribute to and benefit from the dynamism of Asia through three major programs:" [1]

  • Corporate and Public Programs
  • Asia Education Foundation
  • Arts

Asialink Corporate & Public Programs

"Through Asialink Corporate and Public Programs, Asialink facilitates a range of forums and services for business, government, academia and the broader community that serve to stimulate debate, provide increased understanding and promote greater engagement with the Asian region.

"In addition, Asialink and the University of Melbourne recently signed a Letter of Intent with the Chinese Government to establish the Australian Confucius Institute@Melbourne, which will act as a centre for exchange and learning about China."

"Some examples of Asialink forums and services include:

1) The Asialink Conversations - an highly prestigious 2-day annual retreat, providing an opportunity for leaders in business, government and the community to share open and creative dialogue with their counterparts in the South-east Asian region.
2) The Asialink National Forum pdf, 48pages, 756kb - gathers together the who's who of Australian political, business and community leaders to examine current issues and suggest additional strategies for advancing Australia's national interest in this dynamic region. Prime Minister John Howard was keynote speaker in 2004.
3) The Asialink Leadership Program - an extensive 10 month program for young executives with senior leadership potential - aimed at building knowledge of Asia and the skills to manage the complexities of Australia-Asian relations.
4) Melbourne Asia Policy Papers non partisan policy options for Australia's engagement with Asia." [2]

Corporate funders

"Asialink's platinum level corporate partners include GBST Pty Ltd, BHP Biliton, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the United Group; whilst our gold level corporate sponsors include Freehills, Singapore Airlines, and The Age. Our other corporate members include ANZ, AXA, IAG Pty, Fosters Group and the Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development." Other major funders include the Ford Foundation, Australian Indonesia Institute, Australia-Japan Foundation, the Korea Foundation, and the Japan Foundation.[3]

Individual funders

"Asialink's 500 Fund is a special group of individuals who are committed to Australia-Asia engagement and who support Asialink's programs and activities through an annual tax-deductible donation of $500." [4]


Corporate and Public Programs


Asialink's Boards


Asialink Advisory Board

  • Sid Myer - Chair - Chief Executive Officer, S B Myer Family Group of Companies Deputy
  • Phillip Flood AO - Former Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Peter Yates - Managing Director, Allco Equity Partners Limited
  • John Curtis - Partner, Freehills
  • Professor Glyn Davis AC - Vice-Chancellor University of Melbourne
  • Tom Dery - Executive Chairman, Asia-Pacific, M&C Saatchi
  • Lindley Edwards - CEO, The Venture Group Ltd
  • Professor Ross Garnaut AO - Professor of Economics, Australian National University
  • Tony Hallam - CEO, Golf Australia
  • Professor Frank Larkins - Deputy Vice Chancellor, International, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Michael Leigh - Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies (MIALS), The University of Melbourne (Asia Institute)
  • Jenny McGregor - CEO, The Asialink Centre
  • Professor Tony Milner - Faculty of Asian Studies, The Australian National University
  • Michael Roux- Vice Chairman, Global Corporate & Investment Bank
  • Phillip Scanlan AM - Principal, INTEQ Ltd
  • Ian Wilcock - State Director, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Asialink Council