|Prof. Colin Mackerras|
Professor Colin Mackerras graduated from the University of Melbourne, and then received an MA from Cambridge University in Liberal Arts and a PhD from Australian National University. He is now an Emeritus Professor at Griffith University.
As a dear friend of China, Professor Mackerras has visited the country more than forty times to conduct teaching and research or to attend conferences on Australia-China relations. He was invited to the Beijing Foreign Studies University again and again, the first time being from 1964 to 1966, the latest 2005 and 2006. In April 2007, he was employed as an honorary professor there. Since then, he had close contact with the Australian Studies Centre at RUC. As an active supporter of our Centre, he has been to many Australian Culture Weeks, and has given many lectures to RUC students.
Owing to his significant contributions to cultural exchange and academic studies, Professor Mackerras was co-recipient of the Gold Citation for the Media Peace Prize in 1981, the Foundation Cross of Merit Award in 1993, the Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Australia-China Cultural Relations in 1999 and the Centenary Medal Australia in 2003.
Professor Colin Mackerras speaks Chinese and, in China, has many friends. He often travels between Australia and China, and takes part in forums held by RUC or BFS, as well as other universities. He likes Chinese people and holds positive views on Chinese achievements. He believes the development of China is good for the world.