Australian Senate President Stephen Parry visited the Australian Studies Centre

Senator the Hon Stephen Parry, President of the Australian Senate, visitied the Australian Studies Centre on Monday, 5th June.

Date: 06/13/2017

Following the historic visit of the Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove last year, Senator Parry visited Uruguay and held meetings with national authorities and finished his busy day with a meeting in the Australain Studies Centre, followed by a reception Ambassador Campbell gave in his honor.

In the meeting that was held in Pocitos Campus, Senator Parry was accompanied by the Australian Ambassador to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, Noel Campbel; Australia's Honorary Consul in Montevideo, Alfredo Taullard, the ORT Academic Vice-Rector Julio Fernández and other officials from the Australian Embassy. During the meeting, the ASC executive board member, Dr. Nicolás Gambetta, briefed Senator Parry and the delegation about the ASC providing them with details about the Centre's objetives, governance, key areas of study, recent activities and visiting professors received and outlined the ASC' strategy to become a regional centre.
President Parry said he would like to see the University of Tasmania involved in some activities in the ASC as Tasmania is his state of birth. A couple of fields of study were identified for potential collaborations with the University of Tasmania during the meeting. At the end of the meeting, Dr. Gambetta presented Senator Parry with a gift from the University.

Following the meeting, the delegation visited the ORT Pocitos Campus facilities and finished the tour in the room where the recepction took place. Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay XXI, Intendencia de Canelones, the Chamber of Commerce Uruguay Australia and ASC researchers and authorities shared some drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The Australian Ambassador delivered a speech where he stressed the importance of the ASC to make Australia better known in Latin America while Senator Parry during his speech expressed he was impressed by the work the ASC is doing and said the Centre has a very important role to play in the Australia-Latin America bilateral relations.

Pictures of the visit

Visita del presidente del Senado australiano a la universidad

ASC’s main objectives

ASC’s main objectives

  • To organize conferences, seminars and roundtables about Australian current issues and their relationship with the region.

  • To promote overseas study and student exchange programs.

  • To promote academic cooperation with Australian universities, in particular faculty exchange programs and activities in support of the Uruguayan postgraduate system.

  • To develop courses on Australian history, politics, international relations, economics, business, society, education, culture, literature, sustainability and environmental topics.

  • To develop comparative research projects between Australia and the region.

On Friday 9 March 2018 we received the visit of Cathy Raper, Head of Europe and Latin America Engagement at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia.

Dr Francisco Rosas, one of ASC research colleagues, was invited to AARES Annual Conference to present his paper on “The effect of irrigation on income volatility reduction: A prospect theory approach”.

In December 2017 the ASC received the visit of Ms Natalie Collard, Board Member of COALAR, the Council for Australian and Latin-American Relations.

We thank Ambassador Noel Campbell for his permament support to the ASC and share his interview on the role of The Australian Studies Centre after his visit to Montevideo to participate on the 2nd ASC Board Meeting.