Partnerships in Asia
While Vice-Chancellor Richard Larkins did not want to establish further full campuses overseas during the 2000s, Monash did continue to take a forward approach to international collaboration. ‘Our philosophy is based on the premise that if we wait for the world to come to us, it will be a long wait,’ Larkins declared in 2006. ‘Instead, we have adopted the strategy of reaching out and engaging the world in a physical sense.’
While Monash developed research and teaching collaborations with universities in Fudan, Nanjing, Shanghai and Beijing throughout the 1990s, the University wanted a more physical presence in China. In 2006, Monash signed a partnership agreement with Sichuan University, a well-ranked new university in western China. However, following the May 2008 earthquake in the Sichuan region, the Monash partnership fell away as the local Sichuan community focused inwards.