Irpan Huxur

 Irpan Huxur, originally from Xinjiang, was first admitted into Renmin University of China Law School in 2011 where he attained his Bachelor of Law degree in 2015. He has since graduated from Renmin University a second time, achieving a Master of Law degree from the top law school in China.

Irpan’s strong interest in international affairs and numerous internships with multi-national corporations and law firms inspired him to pursue an international career and broaden his horizons by engaging with the Australian community in China through the Peking University Australian Studies Centre internship program.

Following his graduation, Irpan achieved a highly competitive clerkship in the High Court of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the West of China. In the future he plans to continue his study on different jurisdictions to obtain a greater understanding of diverse legal practices, with a special interest in Australian and Chinese law. After developing his experience in the Chinese court system he hopes to engage in postdoctorate studies in Australia.

Dominic Kocx

 As a recipient of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Asian Exchange Scholarship, Dominic is being supported to study Chinese language on a semester exchange at Peking University. At the University of Sydney, Dominic was part of the prestigious Faculty Scholar’s program, placed among the top 20 Arts & Social Sciences students of his cohort. Dominic is passionate about education policy, language learning and is interested in Australia’s place in Asia. He has been learning Mandarin for two years at the University of Sydney and during this time was also awarded a mobility grant to study at Fudan University (Shanghai) on the New Colombo Plan.

He is an active member of his community, having recently worked as a volunteer coordinator for the City of Sydney’s 2017 Chinese New Year Festival. Elsewhere, he has also experienced life with NGOs abroad, having taken part in an alternate ‘Schoolies’ immersion to the Philippines in 2014 and then in 2015 working with Marist Volunteers Australia in Tamil Nadu, India.

He was selected as part of an Australian Delegation to the 2016 ‘Seminar on Youth Participation and International Humanitarianism’ held in the Republic of China and took part in the ‘2017 Australia-China Emerging Leaders’ Summit (Beijing)’.

At the Centre, Dominic has been assisting Professor McCarthy with the delivery of the Australian Studies Centre Course ‘Australia: From 1788 to the Present – Narratives of Australian Political Leadership’. He is co-authoring a research paper with fellow intern Liam Clark on innovation in China and the international expansion of Chinese bike-sharing schemes.

 Liam Clark

Liam Clark is entering his last semester of a Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney, focusing on both Government and International Relations, as well as Chinese Studies. Supported by the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation’s Asian Exchange Scholarship, Liam has continued his Chinese language study at Peking University.

As an intern at Peking University’s Australian Studies Centre, Liam is co-authoring a research paper with fellow intern Dominic Kocx on innovation in China and its relationship to the Australia-China space.

Liam is also interested in environmental politics, sustainability, green innovation, just adaptation, city resilience and urban planning. Liam will continue his education at the University of Sydney, hoping to study a Master of Sustainability and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. Through his PKUASC report and a Peking University subject on China’s energy and environmental issues, Liam sees the potential for further Australia-China co-operation regarding sustainability, and would one day like to work in that area.

Jacinta Keast

Jacinta Keast (柯洁欣)is a penultimate year Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney, majoring in Chinese Studies and International Business. She is a former Research Assistant at China Matters, and writes as the China Fellow for Young Australians in International Affairs, as well as for Young China Watchers and The University of Sydney’s Honi Soit. At the PKUASC, she is conducting a discourse analysis on how Australia’s most popular media outlets report on China.

Jacinta is interested in pursuing a career in either public policy or journalism, and speaks Japanese and fluent Mandarin Chinese.