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The work of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation (CCG) is important for Deakin, and this is underscored by the ambitions described in our new strategic plan LIVE the future.
Through LIVE the future Deakin is strengthening the learning/research nexus, most particularly the link between knowledge transfer, policy and practice. The multidisciplinary nature of the work of CCG, the multinational character of its research collaboration and its focus on research themes crucial to our region, resonate strongly with Deakin's strategic direction through this second decade of the twenty-first century.
We are now in a digital age and thanks to the new technologies the world is becoming an increasingly small place. Insights into the conceptual, theoretical and empirical dimensions of citizenship and cross cultural understanding have never been more important. In today's global market place, cross-cultural competency and cultural understanding are no longer an option, but an imperative; and one that has particular resonance for Deakin.
A hallmark of a successful university is an institutional culture in which diversity is celebrated and in which all students and staff share an understanding of diversity in outlook, ideals and understanding. The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation has a particularly important role to play in contributing to understanding our global world and to affirming the importance of understanding difference in ways that go far beyond tolerance.
Professor Jane den Hollander