Facts & figures
- #1 in Sydney
- Top 30 in the world
- 2020 QS World University Rankings
Facts & figures
We conduct teaching and research in Japanese modern and pre-modern history, language, society and literature. Our students acquire a combination of language proficiency and an in-depth understanding of cultural difference, enabling professional opportunities in a number of areas ranging from international business to government and non-government organisations.
The University’s East Asian Collection includes over 120,000 titles consisting of primary and secondary sources from China, Japan and Korea. The library also boasts a rich collection of books on Japanese art and art history.
One of the oldest subject areas of its kind in the English-speaking world, Japanese Studies offers consideration of a rich history and culture, as well as a rewarding language experience. Undertake an in-country exchange with our large network of partner universities in Japan and prepare for employment in education, government, media, international relations and the private sector.
Our strengths in research cover the following areas:
The Inoue Yasushi Award for Outstanding Research in Japanese Literature, Culture and Art has been awarded annually, beginning in 2007, for the best refereed journal article or book chapter published in English by a researcher based in Australia or New Zealand during the previous year.
The recipient will receive AU$1,500 and a certificate of award at our annual award ceremony.
Inoue Yasushi was a prominent post-Second World War novelist and poet. He wrote in many genres ranging from contemporary novels focusing on social problems to historical novels. He was a unique writer who managed to combine serious themes with fascinating and intriguing plots. Inoue’s works are still very popular, reaching a wide general readership as well as scholars and intellectuals.
The Inoue Yasushi Memorial Foundation established the award in order to encourage Australian interest in Japanese literature generally, and in Inoue Yasushi more particularly. The Foundation also generously donated 28 volumes of Inoue Yasushi’s collected works, which can be found in the East Asian Collection of Fisher Library at the University of Sydney.
Submit an electronic copy of your work with a cover letter to the Committee Chair, Dr Mats Karlsson: firstname.lastname@example.org
2019: Dr Lucy Fraser (University of Queensland)
2018: Associate Professor Roy Starrs (University of Otago)
2017: Dr Royall Tyler – Lifetime Achievement Award
2016: Dr Tamaki Mihic (née Tokita) (University of Sydney)
2015: Roger Pulvers – Lifetime Achievement Award
2014: Associate Professor Rebecca Suter (University of Sydney)
2013: Dr Helen Kilpatrick (University of Wollongong)
2012: Associate Professor Edwina Palmer (Victoria University of Wellington)
2011: Dr Vera Mackie (University of Wollongong)
2010: Dr Mats Karlsson (University of Sydney)
2009: Dr Ian McArthur (University of Sydney)
2008: Dr Roman Rosenbaum (University of Sydney)
2007 Inaugural prize: Dr Tomoko Aoyama (University of Queensland)
Our advanced exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in Japan where students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand.
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