Recently, Professor Colin Patrick Mackerras, the Honorary Director of Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University, visited HNU and delivered a lecture on “Western Perspectives on China Since 2012” to teachers and students at the College of Tourism.
Professor Mackerras illustrated the “Western Perspectives of China” from the aspect of economy, environment, political issues andChina’s future development, and analyzed the current situation of China, foreign policies, individual differences in cognition and other factors that affect the Western viewpoints of China. He said he had carefully studied the report delivered by General Sectary Xi Jinping at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. According to him, China has experienced tremendous changes and this trend will continue.
Accompanied by staff in relevant departments, Li Dazhi, Vice President of HNU, warmly greeted Professor Mackerras. Both sides exchanged their views on teaching methods, the community of common destiny, Australia-China relations and other topics.
The profile of Professor Colin Patrick Mackerras:
In the early years, Professor Mackerras got his B.A. degree at the University of Melbourne, M.A. degree at the the University of Cambridge, and PhD at the Australian National University. He is a famous Sinologist in Australia whose major researches include China’s ethnic minorities, the traditional Chinese theater, Western images of China, Australia-China relations and so on. He was Foundation Professor in the School of International Business and Asian Studies at Griffith University, and was given the title of Professor Emeritus. He has been a Fellow of Australian Academy of Humanities and Academy Of The Social Sciences in Australia, and a Visiting Professor at Renmin University of China, China University of Mining and Technology, and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Professor Mackerras also received the Friendship Award granted by the Chinese government in September, 2014 for his great support for the development of China and outstanding contributions to the establishment of friendly co-operations between Australia and China.