Oxford to Melbourne

One of the more satisfying searches we have been involved in this year is the appointment of a Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Melbourne.  Dr Leslie Kilmartin who led the search noted that “it is very satisfying to have the opportunity of working with a client to make a truly exceptional appointment”.  He went on to say “those many hours of late night phone calls to the other side of the world ultimately paid off”.

The University recently announced the appointment of Professor Christine Wong as the new Professor of Chinese Studies and proposed founding Director of a new Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies that the Asia Institute will host. The appointment signals a major commitment by the University of Melbourne to the burgeoning field of Chinese studies.

This was a challenging search assignment.  Its successful completion highlights the value that an experienced search firm brings in both the identification of a high performing offshore candidate who was certainly not in the ‘job market’ and the process of working with our client to attract them to a new role on the other side of the world.

Professor Wong is currently Professor of Chinese Public Finance at the University of Oxford and Director of Chinese Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies.  Before taking up the Oxford Chair, Professor Wong held the Henry M Jackson Chair of International Studies at the Henry M Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle.  This was preceded by her appointment as Senior Economist with the World Bank where she specialised in poverty reduction and economic management for East Asia and the Pacific Region.  

Professor Wong will bring to the University of Melbourne a wealth of expertise on China, Chinese public finance, and public policy generally and will take up her appointment in 2013.

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