About the Centre
Officially Launched in August 2014, the EU Centre for Global Affairs is based at the Institute for International Trade at the University of Adelaide.
The centre has, and will continue to, engage in and develop deep dialogue between academia, government, business and civil society within the European and Australian communities on matters of international trade and investment, economic development, and regional cooperation and integration in the Asia-Pacific region.
The overall objective of the EU Centre is to deepen the bilateral EU-Australia relationship, as well as the relationship of both the EU and Australia with the Asia-Pacific region, to support trade and investment growth and greater people movement, all of which contributes to higher levels of wellbeing and a wider cultural awareness in communities.
The Centre aims to achieve its overall objective through the following key activities:
Research and Academic Activities
The objective of the Research and Academic Activities is to assist in the dissemination of EU institutional governance and EU firm corporate governance environments to Australia and the rest of Asia in order to aid companies to enter each other’s markets for trade and importantly ‘foreign direct investment’.
In promoting research and academic activities, the Centre will have two signature research projects; the first is a comparative study examining corporate and institutional governance and foreign market entry between the EU and Asia; and the second will be a study on the potential benefits of free trade between EU-Australia-Asia.
Other research and academic activities include:
- Visiting Research Fellowships
- Competitive grants for research
- Travel grants to support Higher Degree by Research students
- Curriculum development to include EU content in postgraduate courses and programs
Outreach and Policy Dialogue Activities
The objective of Outreach and Policy is to develop activities that attract audiences beyond the academic circles to promote a better knowledge and understanding of EU activities.
Annual symposiums will be run in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The first of the three symposiums was the Third Asia Roundtable which produced a joint statement delivered to G20 Leaders . The 2015 Symposium aims to bring together high profile experts from academia, government and industry to discuss the EU-Australia-Asia relationship, with particular focus on trade and investment. In 2016, the symposium will focus on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and their role in promoting economic growth.
The Centre will also run three forums/workshops per year covering topics such as migration, food studies and human rights law.
Cultural Outreach Activities
The objective of Cultural Outreach is to promote an understanding of EU culture and European culture in Australia and Asia.
The Centre will have an extensive cultural outreach program with the primary aim of generating wider awareness of the EU among South Australians, which include:
- Activities for primary and high schools
- Europe Day Activities
- Concerts at the University’s Elder Conservatorium
- Cross-cultural multidisciplinary arts event