The Australian National University (ANU) has launched the Australian Studies Institute, which will promote the study of Australia as part of its "Australia and the World" program.
The Australian Studies Institute will be led by Professor Paul Pickering and through research and study will help bring an Australian perspective to transnational and international projects.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said establishing the new institute was part of the University's strategic plan to deliver on the University's unique national responsibilities.
"The Australian National University was founded in 1947 to study the great challenges confronting the globe from an Australian perspective. As part of its strategic plan for the next five years, the University has reaffirmed our commitment to this mission," Professor Schmidt said.
"Like all our specialist institutions, the Australian Studies Institute will play a unique role in the Australian public policy sector by providing evidence-based analysis and research on Australian issues."
The Australian Studies Institute was launched on Tuesday 10 July by ANU Chancellor Professor Gareth Evans AC QC, who delivered the inaugural "Australia and the World" lecture. Professor Evans lecture was titled "Australia in the world: Raising our sights".
"There are obvious constraints limiting the exercise of Australia's diplomatic authority. But against all this we have wonderful strengths: assets and capabilities giving real weight to our standing and reputation - some of them inherent or of very long standing, some much more recently acquired," Professor Evans said.
"Our track record over many decades overwhelmingly shows that Australia and individual Australians are decent and committed international citizens, independently minded - and with a real egalitarian streak, something which plays well with a great many other countries with our strong record, everywhere from peacekeeping missions to diplomatic forums, of neither sucking up to the powerful nor kicking down at the powerless."