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Established in 1948 by newspaper publisher Sir Keith Murdoch and a group of like-minded Australians and Americans, the American Australian Association is the largest public not-for-profit organisation devoted to building strategic alliances between the United States and Australia.
The American Australian Association Ltd (AAA Ltd) was incorporated in Sydney, Australia on May 16, 2006 as a limited liability company. It is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to promote friendship, cooperation and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Australia through a better understanding of their cultures and societies. It is affiliated with the American Australian Association Inc. (AAA Inc) in New York. AAA Ltd produces business seminars, social and other cultural events which aid the development and enrichment of the bilateral relationship between Australia and the United States of America.
The United States Studies Centre (USSC)
The United States Studies Centre (USSC) at The University of Sydney, was established as a joint project between the Association and the Federal Government, who provided a AU$25m contribution, together with funding from the NSW Government, the University and the private sector. AAA Ltd. collaborated with the University in setting up the United States Studies Centre, and continues to assist in its function and oversight. The United States Studies Centre brings together leading scholars, politicians, business leaders and thinkers from across Australia and the USA to research, debate and create new knowledge on American political, economic, social and cultural issues.
The Perth USAsia Centre
In November 2012, then US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, officially launched the Perth USAsia Centre, with in her words a vision to “shape strategic thinking in this dynamic region”. Established as a globally significant academic institution and leading think-tank on the Australia-Asia-US political, cultural, business and economic relationship, the Centre is an initiative of the American Australian Association, in collaboration with The University of Western Australia (UWA) and the US Studies Centre at The University of Sydney, with funding from the Federal and State Government. As a part of UWA, it will be an important hub for teaching, research, policy analysis and thought.
The American Australian Association’s Education Fund
The American Australian Association’s Education Fund provides post-graduate educational opportunities in Australia and the United States of America. The Education Fund is the largest privately funded programme of its kind. To date, US$4million in fellowships has been awarded to more than 190 scholars since the programme launched in 2002. The Education Fund programme attracts a pool of high calibre and credentialed applicants from both Australia and the United States of America conducting advanced research in a wide range of diverse yet critical fields: medicine, business, science, technology, security, business, geosciences, life sciences and engineering.