REPORT PDF: Workforce diversity in higher education (by Nana Oishi)

“On Wednesday 1 November 2017, the Asia Institute presented the final report of the Asian Australian Public Policy Project, ‘Workforce Diversity in Higher Education: The Experiences of Asian Academics in Australian Universities’.

The report, authored by Associate Professor Nana Oishi, was officially launched by the Provost, Professor Margaret Sheil AO, followed by a panel discussion with Professor Kwong Lee Dow AO (Chair, Australian Multicultural Foundation and former Vice-Chancellor, the University of Melbourne) and Professor Yoshio Sugimoto (Emeritus Professor, Department of Social Inquiry, La Trobe University). The launch was attended by around 60 people, with representatives from both the higher education sector and wider community.”

For the original report and event photos, click through to the UniMelb Asia Institute page.


Asian Australians are the fastest growing minority groupin Australia, constituting 14.4% of the population in 2016 (ABS 2017). Asian Australian academics have been making significant contributions to the internationalisation of Australian higher education and research developments. Despite their major roles, however, research on these academics has been relatively scarce. This study aimed to provide an overview of the representation and experiences of Asian Australian academics who consist of (1) Asian-born academics and (2) Australian-born academics with Asian ancestry. With the Australian Censuses, the unpublished national data from the Department of Education and Training, the survey data and in-depth interviews, the broad picture of this emerging group was captured.