We are deeply honoured that President Xi Jinping has chosen to visit our home, Australia’s only island state.

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities, the University of Tasmania will celebrate 125 years of excellence in teaching, learning and research in 2015. Ranked within the top 2% of Universities worldwide and as one of the top 10 research universities in Australia, the University of Tasmania has a reputation nationally and internationally as a world class institution.

For many years, we have built mutually beneficial ties with China in areas such as maritime and marine studies, engineering, food and agriculture, health, education and chemistry. Our existing expertise in Australia-Asia relations was further strengthened this year with the opening of the Asia Institute Tasmania and we are proud of our research, teaching and exchange collaborations with universities and institutions in China.

We are a truly international institution, welcoming students from every continent of the world. We are grateful that many Chinese parents and students recognise the great merits of our University, and are proud that many in our global network of alumni are at home in China.

We welcome the opportunity to build upon this friendship and value President Xi’s visit in drawing Tasmanian attention to the rich culture and history of China.

Professor Peter Rathjen
Vice-Chancellor and President