One of the Centre’s key objectives is to generate stronger links and to develop partnerships with the broader international community in virtual and/or real time spaces. The Centre advocates for creative collaborations with schools, universities and communities in Asia to foster intercultural understanding and enrich teaching and learning practice. This aligns well with the Australian Government’s priorities of building partnerships with schools and universities in Asia and developing quality relationships with the people of Asia, within Australia and internationally.
The Centre is focusing on building international research capabilities through collaborations and partnerships with Indian institutions and educational non-governmental organisations. Links in the form of joint research grants and exchange visits are being developed with the Tata institute of Social Sciences TISS (a Key Technology Partner of UTS) following meetings with a Visiting Fellow from TISS. Similar partnerships are being explored with an Indian educational NGO (‘Pratham’) with a view to sharing academic expertise, school educational resources (through Australopedia©) and to foster intercultural understanding. Centre involvement with the ‘Australia India Education Council’ (part of Department of Education and Training, Australian Government) is also being developed.
Dr Madhav Chavan (co-founder of Pratham Education Foundation) is an International Associate of the Centre.
The Centre has developed a relationship with Kyung Hee University Institute of International Education to research best practices in Korean language education in Australian schools. It aimed to stimulate teacher exchange between Korea and Australia to enhance intercultural knowledge and culturally informed pedagogical practice. This partnership supported the development of Korean language teaching strategies and resources that address the Australian context.