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Mining giant funds Australian Studies in China

Australian mining company BHP Billiton has sponsored a chair of Australian Studies at Peking University in China.

David Walker, professor of Australian Studies at Deakin University, has been appointed to the post, Deakin University announced on 26 November.

Walker said the chair was a “critically important position for Australia and is, in truth, a rather belated development. We have chairs in other countries and it is high time we had one in China.”

Peking University was among the world’s top 50 universities in the most recent Times Higher Education rankings.