Message from the Director


The University of British Columbia is in the midst of significant investment and entrepreneurial growth focused on engaging Asia in the global policy arena. These are exciting times to partner with UBC, join in the University’s many events, and invest in a winning proposition that that has the potential to help shape future generations of cross-Pacific leaders.

Over the past decade, UBC has made international engagement a core priority, particularly with China, India, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

In fall 2012, following years of careful deliberation, the University’s President, Provost and Dean of Arts re-launched the Institute of Asian Research (IAR) with a broader mandate. Today, the Institute serves as the University’s hub on a range of Asia policy questions. Thanks to increased investment and a more entrepreneurial and ambitious strategy, it has become a thriving place at the interface between Canada and Asia.

In fall 2015, building on the success of the Master of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS), the IAR helped launch UBC’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA), a two-year professional degree program with an Asia focus that is designed to train cross-Pacific “policy entrepreneurs.” In addition to offering dual-degree options at top Asian universities, this new program provides global policy leaders with the analytical skills, applied knowledge, solutions focus and transnational networks required to address complex global issues.

Looking ahead, the Institute will continue to foster new and innovative research on Asia policy issues, while serving as a catalyst for mutual understanding and dialogue between Asian-Canadian communities and the University. Trans-Pacific human linkages will shape our world in the future. The IAR strives to make those links blossom.


Yves Tiberghien
Director, Institute of Asian Research