If Asian Engagement is in Curtin’s DNA…

The Newly Established Curtin Asian Business Centre Has Plans to Add Some Muscle

Calling all Curtin alumni thought leaders in the Asian business space!

Curtin University is WA’s most Asia engaged organisation. The number of Curtin students, staff and alumni who are linked into Asia dwarfs all the efforts of WA’s various government departments to become involved with the region. To date, there was no pan-Curtin centre concentrating upon these Asian cultural, business and institutional connections. This has all changed with the recent establishment of the Asia Business Centre (ABC).

Richard Francis, the ABC’s Director has high hopes for the centre.

“We all know that Asian Engagement is in Curtin’s DNA… But it is time to turn these linkages into initiatives that and will reinforce the university’s service, research and teaching mission.”

The ABC was set up by the Curtin Business School to strengthen and leverage Asian capabilities across the university. The centre will cultivate opportunities for both staff and students to become “Asia ready” as more future jobs and opportunities will depend upon knowledge of Asian economies.

The ABC is primed to become an international think tank that provides thought leadership on the integration of Asian business systems and the evolution of the organisations and institutions that they include. Richard is laying down a challenge to the Curtin alumni, who have long called for a more concrete expression of Curtin’s support for Asian engagement, to get behind the Centre’s outreach and research program.

“We know that there are many of our alumni working with/in Asia. Their professional experience serves as both an inspiration for our current students and also offers a valuable resource for building knowledge about Asian business systems.”

The success of a recent seminar with Benjamin Ismail, the CEO of Air Asia X, demonstrates the benefits of alumni connection with staff and students. Although six lucky students went away richer by a free air ticket to Asia, another great plus for Curtin staff was the opportunity to pitch research and business project ideas to the dynamic CEO of a growing Asian airline.

Richard observes…

“Obviously, there are lot of great projects out there competing for alumni support. We will make the contribution of Curtin’s Asia-connected stakeholders more visible. The ABC offers the opportunity for alumni to add some flesh and bone to Curtin’s Asian DNA to ensure the university continues to grow into its role as a leading university in the Asian region.”

To find out more about how you could support the ABC, please email richard.francis@curtin.edu.au and for further information, please visit the ABC website.