Dean Global Futures and Curtin’s new Centre Australia-Africa relations

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The new Centre for Australia-Africa relations will be a coordinating platform to empower the multi-disciplinary African expertise and multi-country African connections of Curtin’s staff and students across all of its faculties and campuses, including Curtin Mauritius, the only campus in Africa of any Australian University.

Curtin University has launched the Centre for Australia-Africa Relations, a new research and engagement hub that seeks to fill a “critical gap” in Australia’s national academic and policy infrastructure.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne, formally launched the new Centre at the Australia Africa Universities Network Africa Forum, held at the University of Pretoria in South Africa alongside Associate Professor David Mickler, Dean Global Africa, Faculty of Humanities, and Professor Lina Pellicione, PVC Curtin Mauritius.

Curtin’s Dean Global, Africa Associate Professor David Mickler said the new Centre would serve as an important national hub for the advancement of Australia-Africa relations across sectors. “The new Centre will fill a critical gap in Australia’s national academic and policy infrastructure at a time when the African continent is rising in global strategic significance and the African diaspora is growing rapidly in Australia,” Associate Professor Mickler said.

The Centre will play a leading role in developing a greater “Australia-Africa literacy” – mutual, respectful and informed understanding of each other – by convening public events, research and training programs to raise awareness of Australia-Africa relations and to counter often-negative stereotypes found in some media and political discourse.

During the visit, a new strategic partnership between Curtin University and the University of Pretoria was signed to facilitate academic exchanges and collaboration across areas including business, law, health, science, engineering and the Faculty of Humanities.

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