Australian National University - College Of Asia & The Pacific

Introduction

In the Asian Century in which we’re living, the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific is one of the world's leading centres for teaching and research on the region – a position we’ve been working on since the century before.

The College has its roots in the University’s Research School of Pacific Studies and the School of Oriental Languages, founded in 1946 and 1952 respectively. The Research School was a founding institution of ANU, established to drive Australia’s engagement and understanding of its neighbourhood, as well as establish the University as a global centre of excellence in research, teaching and influence on Asia and the Pacific. The School of Oriental Languages was established to train diplomats and public servants in Chinese, and later Japanese, Bahasa Indonesia and Malay. Ten years later, the School became the ground-breaking Faculty of Asian Studies, the first and only faculty at an Australian university dedicated to a regional specialisation.



By 1968 Asian and Pacific studies at ANU were booming; enrolments in Indonesian had overtaken those in French, and the University Library had built up one of the best Asian collections in the world. Global acclaim was secured for the Faculty in 1971, when it hosted the International Congress of Orientalists, attended by 1,200 international experts.

Teaching expertise and academic excellence have been cornerstones of Asian and Pacific studies at ANU since these early days. The University is proud to include among its former teaching staff Sir John Crawford, a pioneer in the building of an Asia Pacific economic and policy community; AL Basham, author of what remains today the most widely-used introduction to Indian civilisation; Stephen Wurm, the world’s foremost expert on the languages of New Guinea; and Hedley Bull, a key scholar on international relations.

From these visionaries and strong foundations, the College has grown today to host the largest assembly of regional experts in the English-speaking world. We have the widest range of courses on Asia and the Pacific in Australia, and offer the largest number of Asian and Pacific language programs. Reaching out to the region and the world, the College is the centre for Australia’s and intellectual engagement with the societies, cultures, economies and worlds of thought of Asia and the Pacific.



Among the University’s academic colleges, the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific remains unique for its regional focus. But, unlike the great majority of other geographically-dedicated faculties around the world, the College has preserved a commitment to disciplinary strength, particularly in political science, economics, history, anthropology, law, archaeology and linguistics, with an enviable international standing across all these disciplines.

Building on our impressive history, today our teaching staff still includes preeminent academics recognised internationally as leaders in their field – including Professor Hugh White, Australia’s leading analyst on strategy and intelligence; Professor Hilary Charlesworth, world-renowned expert on international law and human rights; and Professor Nicholas Evans, a leading linguistics expert who is working tirelessly save endangered languages across the globe.

With the College’s focus on Asia and the Pacific more relevant now than ever before, ANU is indisputably the best place to prepare the next generation of regional specialists for the challenges of this century, and Australia’s place in it.

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Master

Master of Asia-Pacific Studies

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

The Master of Asian and Pacific Studies will provide you with the regional grounding and research expertise you need to graduate as a leader of the Asian Century. The program provides a broad variety of courses with an Asian and Pacific focus and allows students to follow individual areas of specialisation in specific areas of the Asian and Pacific regions or in disciplines drawing on regional case studies. In this program you will be taught by some of the most eminent scholars of Asia and the Pacific in the world. [+]

With Australia’s economic, political and strategic future increasingly linked to the Asia Pacific region, professionals across a range of sectors are seeking to upskill their vocational expertise on the languages, cultures, economies, histories, politics and societies of our neighbours.

The Master of Asian and Pacific Studies will provide you with the regional grounding and research expertise you need to graduate as a leader of the Asian Century. The program provides a broad variety of courses with an Asian and Pacific focus and allows students to follow individual areas of specialisation in specific areas of the Asian and Pacific regions or in disciplines drawing on regional case studies. In this program you will be taught by some of the most eminent scholars of Asia and the Pacific in the world.... [-]


Master of Climate Change

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

Do you want to tackle one of the most important and complex environmental problems encountered by humankind? The ANU Master of Climate Change program offers significant breadth and strength within the field through access to world-leading expertise in climate change science and policy, encompassing science, economics, law, policy and governance aspects of climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation. [+]

Do you want to tackle one of the most important and complex environmental problems encountered by humankind? The ANU Master of Climate Change program offers significant breadth and strength within the field through access to world-leading expertise in climate change science and policy, encompassing science, economics, law, policy and governance aspects of climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation. This means that you can develop a unique program of advanced learning suited to your individual interests and skills.

Our program covers core topics of climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, climate change economics and policy, and methodological approaches. Elective courses can be selected from a wide range of topics to suit your educational goals.... [-]


Master of Diplomacy

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

The Master of Diplomacy is your pathway to professional advancement, equipping you with knowledge about practices of international affairs and real-world skills to effectively represent your country or organisation at an international level. [+]

The Master of Diplomacy is your pathway to professional advancement, equipping you with knowledge about practices of international affairs and real-world skills to effectively represent your country or organisation at an international level.

The degree provides exciting study and career options in the important and prestigious arena of diplomatic practice. You will be taught by internationally recognised research scholars from the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and senior diplomats from Australia and elsewhere, and you will graduate from a world-class university, positioning you firmly in the centre of a global network of leading scholars and policy-makers.

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Master of Environmental and Resource Economics

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

This program provides the tools of economic analysis at an advanced level and applies them to policy issues with a focus on environmental and resource economics. Areas of specialisation covered in elective courses include: agricultural and resource economics, cost-benefit analysis, economic development, econometric methods, economic regulation, and environmental and natural resource policy. [+]

This program provides the tools of economic analysis at an advanced level and applies them to policy issues with a focus on environmental and resource economics. Areas of specialisation covered in elective courses include: agricultural and resource economics, cost-benefit analysis, economic development, econometric methods, economic regulation, and environmental and natural resource policy. A common theme across these courses is the integration of environmental and resource decisions into the broader context of national and international economic policy.

Graduates find ready employment with universities, national and international policy agencies, leading corporations and civil society organisations.... [-]


Master of Environmental Management and Development

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

The Master of Environmental Management and Development will boost your career in natural resource management and environmental policy, and improve your professional ability to respond to the complex challenges of sustainable development. [+]

The Master of Environmental Management and Development will boost your career in natural resource management and environmental policy, and improve your professional ability to respond to the complex challenges of sustainable development.

Offered by the internationally-renowned Crawford School, the program will equip you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills you need to contribute to the goals of economic viability, social acceptability and environmental sustainability in different social and political contexts.

Focus areas include biodiversity conservation, food security, climate change, social impacts, environmental governance, and management of primary resources such as water, fisheries, forests, and minerals... [-]


Master of International and Development Economics

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

The program will equip you with the tools of advanced economic analysis, and the skill to apply them to economic policies for trade, finance, development and the environment. You can choose from electives including international trade, banking and monetary policy, economic development, econometric methods, economic regulation, and environmental and natural resource policy. [+]

Join an internationally-renowned network of leading economic practitioners and researchers at Crawford School and graduate with a world-class master’s degree in international and development economics.

The program will equip you with the tools of advanced economic analysis, and the skill to apply them to economic policies for trade, finance, development and the environment. You can choose from electives including international trade, banking and monetary policy, economic development, econometric methods, economic regulation, and environmental and natural resource policy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

use advanced tools to analyse the economic effects of policy change and to formulate economic policies understand the issues in the coordination of policies in international and development economics access the academic literature in applied economics and economic policy undertake independent research in applied economics and policy, especially in international and development economics ... [-]

Master of International Relations

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

Our Master programs seamlessly blend together the rigorous study of issues and theories in International Relations, infusing the discussion of both with a focus on the world’s most vibrant region, the Asia Pacific. This unique approach empowers students by helping them understand key trends in this globalised world whilst also providing the skills necessary to thrive and succeed. [+]

Studying international relations at ANU means you will be studying the best program of its kind in Australia and graduating with one of the most respected degrees in this field in the world. The Master of International Relations is the only international relations program in Australia that blends a concern with global politics, leading disciplinary innovations in thought and practice, and an engagement with the Asia-Pacific region. The program equips you with a keen understanding of the pressing issues of our time by providing you with access to globally-recognised experts in face-to-face seminars. 

In this degree, students will learn to make sense of the big political and security trends taking place in the region and the world, and come to terms with the significant debates in the field of International Relations. The Master of International Relations encourages and equips students to form their own world views and generate their own analyses of the important issues shaping our world today. ... [-]


Master of National Security Policy

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

With a Master of National Security Policy, you will gain a unique, in-depth understanding of the security challenges that confront countries in our region and the world. [+]

With a Master of National Security Policy, you will gain a unique, in-depth understanding of the security challenges that confront countries in our region and the world.

As a student at the National Security College, you’ll be joining a supportive and passionate community of students, alumni and national security practitioners. You’ll engage with world-leading scholars at the cutting edge of national security research, with the wider national security community, and with leaders in government, politics, business and NGOs in Australia and internationally.

The Master of National Security Policy has evolved as a challenging and rewarding program of inquiry and contestable learning for aspiring professionals who want:... [-]


Master of Public Administration

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

The Master of Public Administration program is designed for future leaders of government, civil society and market organisations responsible for pursuing the public interest. It integrates theory and practice in enhancing understanding, knowledge and skills essential to the management and leadership of public organisations. It does this through various analytical lens that structure, guide and inform an assessment of the complexities and challenges of organising public action within and across the state, market and civil society. [+]

The Master of Public Administration program is designed for future leaders of government, civil society and market organisations responsible for pursuing the public interest. It integrates theory and practice in enhancing understanding, knowledge and skills essential to the management and leadership of public organisations. It does this through various analytical lens that structure, guide and inform an assessment of the complexities and challenges of organising public action within and across the state, market and civil society.

The compulsory and core subjects explore contemporary public issues and dilemmas locally, regionally and globally. The emphasis is on key disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on public administration, management and governance, which can be clustered as government institutions and processes, law and regulation, public sector finance, economic policy and management, environment and agriculture, and international governance and policy. The aim throughout is to foster debate and provide comparative insights in addressing the dynamics of continuity and change in government and governance.... [-]


Master of Public Policy

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

This degree examines the processes, institutions and practices of public policy. It is designed for graduates interested in pursuing a career in, or currently working in, public policy within or outside of government. Core courses provide students with a solid foundation in policy processes, governance institutions, policy analysis and research. [+]

This degree examines the processes, institutions and practices of public policy. It is designed for graduates interested in pursuing a career in, or currently working in, public policy within or outside of government. Core courses provide students with a solid foundation in policy processes, governance institutions, policy analysis and research.

The degree also equips students with important skills for analysing and researching public policy, and communicating persuasively on policy relevant matters. Through interactive and case-based teaching, students debate and reflect on the challenges of governing public policy in a dynamic, interconnected, global and increasingly digital world. Designed and taught by world-class public policy scholars from the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, this Masters degree equips graduates for successful and productive careers in public policy.... [-]


Master of Strategic Studies

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

The Master of Strategic Studies combines the theoretical and practical expertise of leading academics and policymakers to deliver Australia’s foremost strategic studies program. This unique and highly regarded ANU graduate program opens the right doors for students seeking a successful career in strategic and security policy. [+]

The Master of Strategic Studies combines the theoretical and practical expertise of leading academics and policymakers to deliver Australia’s foremost strategic studies program. This unique and highly regarded ANU graduate program opens the right doors for students seeking a successful career in strategic and security policy.

The program is designed for graduates who are seeking to launch or advance their careers in defence policy, foreign affairs, security, intelligence, academia and journalism. Graduates will develop skills relevant to organisations such as non-governmental organisations, think tanks, militaries and foreign ministries.

You will develop strong analytical frameworks and practical skills for understanding the leading challenges in strategy and security. These approaches are explored in the context of the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre’s main research and teaching concentrations of Australian defence and security issues, Asia–Pacific security and global strategic issues.... [-]


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