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Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

Supporting research, education and partnerships in Southeast Asia

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre builds on the expertise of and facilitates collaborations between over 400 University of Sydney academics who specialise in Southeast Asia.

Australia and Southeast Asia: it’s a marriage some may have taken for granted, but we haven’t. At the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, we put our researchers into fields, classrooms and labs across the region to do real work.

From business to education, health, law, and veterinary science, we’re making sure Australia and the region develop together to face the challenges of the 21st century. Our innovative approach reflects Southeast Asia’s rich diversity and growing importance in the world’s geopolitical landscape.

We foster partnerships and collaboration between researchers and practitioners working on critical real-world Southeast Asia issues, such as economic and social reform, infectious diseases and the environment.

Our work makes a real difference by informing decisions in government, industry and the wider community.

Far from home during the pandemic: Stories from the community

Join us to hear stories from Sydney's Southeast Asian communities on living with border closures in the time of coronavirus. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the world, Australia is progressively tightening its borders, earning the nickname of “hermit kingdom” in international media. These border closures have come with devastating impacts for thousands who have made their home in this multicultural country and are now cut off from their families and communities overseas.

These online community forums will provide a snapshot of the impact and experience of COVID-19 in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, and among those countries' respective communities in Sydney. 

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Facts & figures

Southeast Asia in focus

  • 612 million people in 11 culturally diverse countries
  • 10% of the world’s population on Australia’s doorstep
  • US$2.432 trillion Assocation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gross domestic product and 5th largest economic powerhouse in the world

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