ANU to establish $111.7m public policy precinct

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The Australian National University (ANU) will play a lead role in boosting Australia’s expertise through enhanced teaching and research in public policy and will establish a new Australian National Institute for Public Policy to complement the enhanced role.

The Commonwealth Government has committed a grand total of $111.7 million for this purpose.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb said: “The importance of teaching and research as a foundation for future policy will be highlighted by the development of a public policy ‘precinct’ based around the new JG Crawford building. We would like also to thank the Federal Government for their commitment to education and research as a means to build a solid foundation for Australia’s future.”

Announced by the Prime Minister today, the $111.7 million will cover a number of elements:

•An Australian National Institute for Public Policy – established to highlight under one banner the public policy expertise available through ANU and its various specialist centres, including the recently announced Australian Centre on China in the World and the National Security College, and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG);
•$14 million to bolster public policy expertise at ANU, through enhancing capacity in The Crawford School of Economics and Government and establishing the H. C. Coombs Policy Forum, which will inform future policy development;
•$7 million to support Sir Roland Wilson Foundation scholarships for public servants to study at ANU;
•$17.3 million National Security College operations;
•A new $19.8 million building to house jointly the new National Security College and the enhanced presence of ANZSOG in the precinct;
•The recently announced $53.1 million Australian Centre on China in the World (including a building); and
•$0.5m to scope the need and nature of additional accommodation for officials and students in Canberra for courses.

Professor Chubb said the ‘precinct’ would be a place where public servants and others working on policy for the nation could engage with leading researchers and educators from a wide range of disciplines.

“We welcome this announcement from the Commonwealth Government, and are very pleased to see our strategic relationship with the Government gathering such momentum,” Professor Chubb said.

“Since its establishment in 1946 ANU has had very close links with public service, whether that is through our researchers informing Government policy or professional short courses.

“Today’s announcement takes the relationship between the nation’s university, the nation’s public servants and the nation’s Government to a new level. The public policy precinct is a very tangible sign that ANU is a strategic endowment for the nation, working in the national interest.

“The H. C. Coombs Forum will be a key part of the development, and will be the venue for well-informed, spirited debate between academics and public servants. It will also be the base for research-based evidence informing public policy,” Professor Chubb said.

Listen to a podcast of the Prime Minister’s speech: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/podcasts/20100508_Crawford_Public_Policy.mp3

Read the Prime Minister’s speech: http://news.anu.edu.au/?p=2138

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