The Pacific

The Pacific
  • 33 enrolled award students

  • 666 co-publications with collaborators in the region since 2020

  • 26 agreements with 27 partners

  • 1,935 alumni

  • 56 UoA students participated in a mobility experience

  • 33 staff born in the region

* Data as at December 2023


Collaboration in action

  • ThincLab Canterbury

    ThincLab Canterbury

    Working in partnership with the University of Canterbury, ThincLab Canterbury is one of the University of Adelaide’s international network of incubators

    As the only Founder Incubator located within a New Zealand university setting, ThincLab Canterbury specialises in accelerating growth for globally-focused businesses through bespoke programs and hands-on support and coaching from world-class experts.

    ThincLab Canterbury currently works with several companies across various sectors, including agritech, health, telecommunications, cleantech, food, and aerospace, and has a significant impact on the Canterbury business community and New Zealand economy.

  • New Colombo Plan scholars

    Students on campus

    The New Colombo Plan is an initiative of the Australian Government to improve knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by helping Australian undergraduate students study and undertake internships in the region. In recent years, the University of Adelaide has had several New Colombo Plan scholars studying in Fiji at the University of the South Pacific, including Leah Schamshurin, Yasmine Wright-Gittens and Cooper Williams.

  • Study Tour: Fiji


    University of Adelaide students studying animal and veterinary science courses have the opportunity to participate in programs with Volunteering with Animals Fiji. Program activities include participation in shelter management, dog counts, desexing programs, and community education. This unique opportunity provides students with an immersive learning experience outside of the classroom and enables them to make a real contribution to an animal welfare problem in the Pacific.

  • Securing Antarctica's future


    The University of Adelaide is one of multiple partners in the Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF) research program, which will forecast environmental change across the Antarctic, deploy effective environmental stewardship strategies, and secure Antarctica as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science.

    SAEF’s collaboration extends to 30 organisations in Australia and abroad, including links with the Antarctic national programs in Chile, Norway, South Africa, and the UK.

    Dr Phill Cassey, from the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences, is a Chief Investigator in the program, who will be focusing on biosecurity planning and safeguarding Antarctica from new and emerging invasive species. 

  • Endangered bats discovered in Fiji

    Flying bat

    A cave containing thousands of endangered Pacific Sheath-tailed bats has been discovered on Vanua Balavu, an island on the remote Lau archipelago in Fiji.

    The Pacific Sheath-tailed bat population was previously believed to be numbered in the hundreds, but a joint expedition involving the University of Adelaide found an estimated 2,000-3,000 bats.

    The virtual extinction of these bats from other regions of the Pacific makes this new roost in Fiji a monumental find, and the only stronghold for the species’ conservation in the region.


Partner institutions

  • University of the South Pacific 
  • Landcare Research New Zealand Limited
  • University of Canterbury