Created in 1978, the Institute of Asian Research is the largest academic unit in Canada focusing on contemporary Asia. Twelve permanent faculty members have all or part of their appointments in the Institute, while 25 other faculty members serve on management committees and participate actively in Institute activities. The Institute also has roughly 25 visiting fellows, post-doctoral students and honorary professors in residence.
Under the banner of “local knowledge informing policy relevance,” the Institute’s purpose is to facilitate inter-disciplinary research, collaboration and publication on contemporary Asia and trans-Pacific relations. It serves as a resource for UBC faculty and graduate students who are specialists on Asia or who have a significant professional interest in Asia. And it aims to connect research projects and findings to multiple audiences including academics, interested members of the public, and policy makers.
Its activities include:
- Supporting five major area centres focusing on China, India and South Asia, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia
- Supporting a variety of collaborative programs and projects including the Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Project, the Contemporary Tibetan Studies Program, the Summer Institute China Program, the Program on Inner Asia, the Religion and Public Policy Program, Legal and Institutional Practices on International Waters Management Project
- Offering a graduate program, the Master of Arts – Asia Pacific Policy Studies
- Organizing public seminars, lectures, workshops, conferences, art exhibits and cultural performances
- Producing a twice-weekly Asia Pacific Memo e-series that communicates the key findings from research projects to a public audience
- Hosting Pacific Affairs, the oldest English-language journal focusing on current political, economic, and social issues across Asia and the Pacific
- Providing support for research associates, honorary and visiting professors and scholars
Master of Arts – Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS) Program
The MAAPPS program is organized into six thematic streams that structure and guide students in their program element selections. About a third of students complete the MAAPPS program in 12, 18 and 24 months, respectively. A less compressed course of study typically offers students greater opportunities for broader educational experiences, including the great variety of conferences, workshops and seminars regularly offered at the Institute of Asian Resarch and other UBC units.
Dual degrees in MAAPPS and Law, MAAPPS and Business, and MAAPPS and Planning are also available.