Professor Jenny Corbett says winning the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun award for her work on Japanese economics shows ANU is in the same class as other world-leading universities that teach Japanese studies.
Professor Corbett, who is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Research Training), received The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the promotion of mutual understanding and the strengthening of economic relations between Japan and Australia.
There are six levels to the Order of the Rising Sun awards and Professor Corbett’s award was the third level. First and second level awards are reserved for officials and heads of state.
In the past it has been awarded to academics who have headed prestigious centres of Japanese studies when they retire from those positions.
“Typically it’s in world-class universities and among past recipients have been heads of Research Institutes of Japanese Studies at Oxford, Harvard, Princeton and London School of Economics,” Professor Corbett said.
“So what I really felt was ‘this is fantastic’ because it’s saying ANU is in that class, that our Japanese studies is regarded by the Japanese government as being of that sort of calibre.”
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