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We believe in creating a transformative educational experience focused on cultural immersion, intellectual and personal wellness, deep multidisciplinary knowledge; and real-world problem solving.
Our academics and teachers from diverse walks of life serve as a hub of Australian knowledge and expertise on the Asia and Pacific region. They promote a learning culture defined by advanced scholarly discussion and inquiry, creative thinking, and entrepreneurship.
From Anthropology and Pacific Studies to Asian Studies and less commonly taught languages, CHL's culturally and historically rich portfolio has something for everyone.
CHL is one of the five constituent schools and centres that make up the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP), and is the largest in the College. With approximately 130 academic and professional staff, a large cohort of distinguished professors emeriti and researchers, over 115 higher degree researchers and postgraduate students, scores of academic visitors and
affiliates, and three-quarters of CAP’s undergraduate student load, the School is the principal
arena for humanistic enquiry including the study of languages within the College.
As such, we think of ourselves as the pillar for CAP, anchoring it in the study of the cultures, histories, environments and languages of the Asia and Pacific regions.
CHL has the best and broadest Asian and Pacific language instruction in Australia. The disciplines of Anthropology, Archaeology, History and Languages are ranked as the best in Australia and within the top 10 in global rankings tables.
CHL is home to four ARC Laureate Fellows. CHL hosts two of the nation’s ARC Centres of Excellence that are at the frontier of research and training in linguistics and archaeology: CoEDL; Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).
Unique in the world, the school's departments bring together over 100 academics dedicated to investigating and learning with and about the people, languages, and land of Asia and the Pacific region. Their work, conducted in collaboration with partners throughout the world and the region, contributes uniquely Australian perspectives and insights.
Learn about our disciplines, themes, and key research projects and initiatives.