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Dr. Kyung-Ae Park Recipient of the Faculty Community Service Award

November 9, 2017 Centre for Korean Research Co-Director, Dr. Kyung-Ae Park, is a recipient of the Faculty Community Service Award for leading ground-breaking diplomacy efforts between Canada & North Korea. Congratulations, Dr. Park! Read more

Southeast Asia in an Evolving Global Landscape: Prospects for an Integrated Region and Implications for Canada.

October 26, 2017 Southeast Asia in an Evolving Global Landscape: Prospects for an Integrated Region and Implications for Canada. Canada has signalled its intention to comprehensively re-engage the Asia-Pacific region and reclaim its own position as a Pacific nation. Southeast Asia is a vital part of this strategy. As Canada and ASEAN celebrate 40 years of dialogue partnership, […] Read more

Blogging Milestone: 500th Mongolia Focus Post

October 25, 2017 MAAPPS alumni Mendee Jargalsaikhan in collaboration with Julian Dierkes, Brandon Miliate, UBC mining engineering student Bulgan Batdorj, and former UBC visiting student Byambajav Dalaibuya published 500th Mongolia Focus post. Mongolia Focus has nearly 100,000 readers with over 250,000 page views. This blog is not only a resource for academic analyses of contemporary Mongolia, but frequent comments on political and […] Read more

Report on Canadian Public Attitudes on China & Canada-China Relations

October 17, 2017 Preface At a time of global turbulence and at the mid-way point of a Liberal government facing significant decisions about the direction and pace of developing bilateral relations with China, there are signs of growing public support for deeper economic relations and partnerships coupled with significant anxiety about greater Chinese military activities and its expanding […] Read more

UBC’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs Applications, Are Now Open

October 5, 2017   UBC’s MPPGA is a 20-month, full-time professional degree in global public policy offered at UBC Vancouver. Every September, we welcome a new class of students from various disciplines and countries around the world—all of whom share a passion for global change. The MPPGA curriculum combines classes with hands-on training and field work to build core policy […] Read more

Dr. Joshua Mostow Awarded a Foreign Minister’s Commendation

October 5, 2017 Congratulations to Dr. Joshua Mostow who received a 2017 Foreign Minister’s Commendations. The Foreign Minister’s Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields. They acknowledge contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries or areas. This year, individual Commendations were awarded to 187 people, including 160 people living outside […] Read more

IAR Senior Fellow, Yuen Pau Woo named leader of Independent senators

September 27, 2017 Yuen Pau Woo More about Yuen Pau Woo: www.yuenpauwoo.com     B.C.’s Yuen Pau Woo, one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first picks for the Senate has been named leader of the growing bloc of Independent, soon to be Senate’s largest bloc. Prior to joining the Senate, Woo was a senior fellow in public policy at […] Read more

Stéphanie Martel Returns to IAR

September 21, 2017 Stéphanie Martel will again be in residence at the IAR until mid-October, physically located in CSEAR.   She’s working on a set of essays and a book growing out of her recently defended thesis Debating Security in the Asia-Pacific: Discourse and the Making of an ASEAN Community.  She will give a CSEAR seminar early next month […] Read more

Dr. Christina Laffin Named as One of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

September 18, 2017 Dr. Christina Laffin is one of the Six UBC faculty who has been named as members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Those named to the College represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada. Founded in 2014, the College is a handpicked selection of top […] Read more

Launch of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

September 18, 2017 The UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affaris official launch event and symposium took place on September 14, 2017. The Policy School is founded by the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Institute of Asian Research, and is partnered with the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) and the Centre for the Study […] Read more

MAAPPS Alumnus Justin Kwan Co-hosts Newly Launched APFC Podcast

September 15, 2017 Justin Kwan, a MAAPPS graduate and Post-Graduate Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, is co-host of The Youth Element, a new podcast series about East Asia's millennials. The Youth Element is an eight-part series that explores questions about culture, politics, economics, and national defense through the narrated stories of youth.  Read more

Paul Evans Named as Interim Research Director at IAR

September 15, 2017 Effective September 1st, Paul Evans is serving as the Interim Research Director of the Institute of Asian Research and the Interim Associate Director of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. The position will last for a few months as the Institute transitions into its new role inside the School. Read more

IAR Faculty Member Dr. Sara Shneiderman Receives SSHRC Award to Study Nepal’s Post-earthquake Reconstruction

September 8, 2017 IAR faculty member Sara Shneiderman has been awarded a three-year Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to assemble an international network of scholars, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations that are currently engaged with Nepal’s reconstruction after its devastating 2015 earthquakes. Read more

Kyung-Ae Park Receives Faculty Community Service Award from alumni UBC

August 4, 2017 IAR is pleased to congratulate Dr. Kyung-Ae Park for receiving the Faculty Community Service Award as part of the alumni UBC Achievement Awards. Read more

IAR Winter 2017 Work Learn Positions Posted

August 3, 2017 IAR Winter 2017 Work Learn positions are now posted! The Work Learn program is open to all UBC Vancouver students and supports and subsidizes meaningful work experiences on campus that offer the opportunity to develop professional skills and learn in a work environment. The following positions are available: Student Assistant for Web & Communications, Institute […] Read more

Vision20 Policy Brief Published by the Think20

July 17, 2017 The Vision20 Working Group's policy brief has been published by the Think20: “Empower, Include, and Inspire: G20 Public Leadership to Advance Responsibility, Resilience and Sustainability for a Fair Global Economy.” Read more

IAR Welcomes New Senior Fellows

July 12, 2017 IAR is pleased to welcome Dr. Wenran Jiang and Dr. Stephen McGurk as Senior Fellows. Read more

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2017 IAR Graduate Research Fellowship

June 23, 2017 IAR is pleased to congratulate the following recipients of the 2017 IAR Graduate Research Fellowship, which is offered to graduate students at UBC who need to travel to Asia for research. Read more

Cesi Cruz wins Best Conference Paper Award from the American Political Science Association – Political Networks Section

June 20, 2017 IAR is pleased to congratulate Dr. Cesi Cruz for winning the Best Conference Paper Award from the American Political Science Association – Political Networks section for her paper, written with two co-authors, “Village Social Network Structures and Electoral Competition.”  Read more

Kai Ostwald wins Best Paper Award from the American Political Science Association – Southeast Asia Politics Group

June 9, 2017 IAR is pleased to congratulate Dr. Kai Ostwald for winning the Best Paper Award from the American Political Science Association – Southeast Asia Politics Group. His paper “Explaining Elections in Singapore: Party Credibility and Valence Politics,” written with Dr. Steven Oliver, makes an important contribution to the existing scholarly literature by explaining party durability in Singapore. The award committee felt […] Read more

Establishment of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

May 31, 2017 The newly established School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (the “Policy School”) at the University of British Columbia seeks to be an essential centre for innovation in global affairs and public policy. In the world today, we are witnessing the dramatic rise of emerging nations and a global rebalancing of power. This heightened level of complexity and […] Read more

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2017 Pan Tianshou Scholarship

May 26, 2017 IAR is pleased to congratulate the following recipients of the 2017 Pan Tianshou Scholarship: Morgan Rocks (PhD, History) Yujie Ji (PhD, Anthropology) Aaron Molnar (PhD, History) Yoel Kornreich (PhD, Political Science) The Pan Tianshou Scholarship is offered to Masters and PhD students who are studying or conducting research in Chinese Studies or research relating to […] Read more

IAR Welcomes a New Visiting Scholar

May 18, 2017 Nina Wang is based at the Institute of Asian Research as an international visiting student for the next year working with Paul Evans and other professors at the Institute.  She is currently a PhD candidate finishing a thesis at the Shanghai International Studies University, majoring in International Political Communication. Her dissertation focuses on the role […] Read more

Joseph Caron Awarded Japan’s Prestigious Order of the Rising Sun

May 12, 2017 Joseph Caron, IAR Honorary Professor, former Canadian Ambassador to Japan and a Distinguished Fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, has been awarded ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’ for his invaluable contributions in promoting friendly bilateral relations and mutual understanding between Japan and Canada. The decoration, announced by the […] Read more

Call for Applications – MPPGA Graduate Director

May 12, 2017 The UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs in the Faculty of Arts, at UBC-Vancouver invites applications for the position of Graduate Director for the Masters in Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA). The position is expected to be a 1-year appointment, at the rank of Instructor Without Review, with anticipated start date of […] Read more

IAR Welcomes Three New Senior Fellows

May 5, 2017 We are pleased to welcome Dr. Phil Calvert, Margaret Cornish, and Dr. Evan Due as senior fellows at the Institute of Asian Research.    Dr. Phil Calvert was most recently the Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR. He served as Deputy Head of Mission in the Canadian Embassy in Beijing (2004-2008). From 2008-2012, […] Read more

Vision20 Report 2017 Release

May 3, 2017 Empower, Include, and Inspire: G20 Public Leadership to Advance Responsibility, Resilience and Sustainability for a Fair Global Economy A Vision Brief for the German G20 Presidency in 2017 Views from Vision 20 2017: V20 Workshop on “Opportunities and Risks of Globalization” Released: April 30, 2017 The Vision 20 Working Group – 2017: Contact: yves.tiberghien@ubc.ca Alan Alexandroff, […] Read more

Call for Applications: HSBC Chair in Asian Research

April 28, 2017 The Institute of Asian Research in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, in the Faculty of Arts, at UBC-Vancouver invites applicants for the HSBC Chair in Asian Research which supports policy-oriented work on Asia.  The position is anticipated to begin July 1, 2017 for an initial 5-year term, potentially renewable.  Selection criteria include […] Read more

MPPGA Student Reflections from the V20 Summit

April 7, 2017 “Foreign policy is and must be more than crisis management” – Foreign Minister Gabriel. The goal of the Vision 20 summit is to bring together scholars from various fields including think tank experts, civil society networks, private sector leaders, and government operatives to generate ideas and actionable items over the long and medium term, while […] Read more

Stéphanie Martel joins as IAR Research Fellow

March 31, 2017 Stéphanie Martel will be defending her PhD thesis in Political Science at the Université de Montréal in June 2017, and is now joining the Institute of Asian Research as a Research Fellow. Her research interests are at at the intersection of Southeast Asian studies, regional governance in the Asia-Pacific, and international security. Stéphanie’s post-doctoral research […] Read more

Jessica Giang Joins the Third Cohort of Yenching Scholars at the Yenching Academy of Peking University

March 21, 2017 IAR is delighted to announce that Jessica Giang has been selected as one of the Yenching Scholars in the third cohort at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. Jessica graduated with a B.A. Honours in Political Science and International Relations from UBC in 2014. Jessica will join other outstanding graduates from around the world who will spend the 2017-2018 academic […] Read more

APF Canada, Partners Launch Canada’s First China Research Web Portal

March 8, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VANCOUVER, B.C. – March 8, 2017 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada), in partnership with the Canada China Business Council, the China Institute at the University of Alberta, the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia, and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University […] Read more

IAR and UBC China Council Co-Hosting Newly Appointed Ambassador to China John McCallum

February 17, 2017 IAR and the UBC China Council held a discussion roundtable with Ambassador John McCallum, just before his settlement in Beijing, as Canada’s new Ambassador to China. This briefing session was part of Ambassador’s McCallum’s Canada tour to hear opinions of experts and Canadians from all walks of life on where the Canada-China relations should go. […] Read more

Publication by Dr. John Wood: Community Natural Resource Management and Poverty in India

February 17, 2017 Dr. John Wood, former director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research and Professor Emeritus at the Department of Political Science, published the book Community Natural Resource Management and Poverty in India: The Evidence from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh (co-authored with Shashidharan Enarth, Jharna Pathak, Amita Shah, and Madhu Verma). This book examines whether […] Read more

Celebrating 20 Years of the C.K. Choi Building

February 9, 2017 On Wednesday, February 8th, IAR celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the C.K. Choi building.     IAR was founded in 1978, and relocated into the C.K. Choi Building in 1996. The building was the first of its kind on the UBC campus with its sustainable design and use of recycled material. A number of the […] Read more

IAR: Statement in the Senate

February 9, 2017 Statement in the Senate by Senator Yuen Pau Woo (Senior Fellow at IAR):   Read more

Pascale Massot appointed as Senior Advisor to the Minister of International Trade!

February 9, 2017 IAR is pleased to announce that MAAPPS alumna and UBC PhD (political science) alumna Pascale Massot was just appointed as Senior Adviser to Minister of Trade Francois-Philippe Champagne. In that capacity, Pascale will support the Minister in advancing Canada’s new trade relationships in the post-TPP world. Information on the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International […] Read more

Publication by Dr. Mandakranta Bose: The Ramayana in Bengali Folk Paintings

January 31, 2017 Dr. Mandakranta Bose, director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research, published the book The Ramayana in Bengali Folk Paintings. The images presented in this book take us into the heart of the rich folk tradition of India. Of that heritage, the display of paintings accompanied by comments recited or sung has been a […] Read more

Goel Family Announces 2016 Nehru Recipient

November 25, 2016 Helina Jolly, the 2016 recipient of the Nehru Humanitarian Graduate Scholarship in Indian Studies, was honoured for her work at the annual Goel Family Charitable Foundation’s Jawaharlal Nehru Award Night. The Goel family has been supporting generations of students at UBC through this and seven other student awards. Congratulations Helina!   Read more

IAR Senior Fellow, Yuen Pau Woo, Appointed to the Senate

October 27, 2016 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named nine new, non-partisan senators, one of which is IAR’s very own Yuen Pau Woo. Yuen Pau Woo has served as the former president of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and is currently a senior fellow in public policy at the Institute of Asian Research at the University of […] Read more

Applications are now open for the Fall 2017 intake of UBC’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program

October 21, 2016 UBC’s MPPGA is a 20-month, full-time professional degree in global public policy offered at UBC Vancouver. Every September, we welcome a new class of students from various disciplines and countries around the world—all of whom share a passion for global change. The MPPGA curriculum combines classes with hands-on training and field work to build core policy skills […] Read more

The 2016 Nehru Humanitarian Award in the Memory of Prem Goel

October 17, 2016 The Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR) invites submissions for the 2016 Prem Goel Memorial Award. The annual award of $1,000 is given to the UBC graduate student judged to have the most promising research program related to South Asia. All students pursuing an MA or PhD at UBC-Vancouver are eligible for this […] Read more

In Memory of Professor Ian Townsend-Gault

October 3, 2016 We are saddened by the recent passing of Associate Professor Ian Townsend-Gault. Ian was the Founding Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at the Allard School of Law at UBC, as well as a Faculty Associate at the Centre for Southeast Asia Research. There will be a ceremony of remembrance for friends and colleagues […] Read more

In Memory of Professor Samuel Ho (1936–2016)

August 12, 2016 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Samuel Ho on July 20, 2016.  Born in Tianjin on November 19, 1936, Sam spent his childhood in China until moving to the US with his family in 1949.  Sam was fortunate to attend Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, New York before receiving […] Read more

IAR Winter 2016 Work Learn Positions Posted!

August 8, 2016 IAR Winter 2016 Work Learn positions are now posted! The Work Learn program is open to all UBC Vancouver students and supports and subsidizes meaningful work experiences on campus that offer the opportunity to develop professional skills and learn in a work environment. View all postings here under ‘Work Learn and Student Jobs. Read more

V20 2016 Blue Paper – Now Released!

July 26, 2016 Give the World Hope: G20 Leadership for People-Centered Inclusive and Sustainable Growth A Blue Report for the G20 Presidency 2016 Views from Vision 20: International Summit on Global Governance’s New Frontiers Public Release: July 21, 2016 Download: English Version Chinese Version Co-Editors: Yves Tiberghien Director, Institute of Asian Research, The University of British Columbia yves.tiberghien@ubc.ca […] Read more

Stéphane Dion at IAR

July 22, 2016 Today, we were joined by the Honourable Stéphane Dion: Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the Cabinet Committee in Environment, Climate Change and Energy. The audience, made up of UBC students, staff and faculty, engaged in a Q&A session to discuss Canada’s role in climate friendly economic development and the future of Asia. […] Read more

IAR Welcomes President Santa Ono

June 22, 2016 In the name of the Institute of Asian Research, I am very happy to welcome UBC’s new President, Dr. Santa Ono! Dr. Santa Ono brings to UBC an extraordinary record of scholarship, teaching, high-level administration, community service, communication, entrepreneurship, music, as well as wonderful human qualities. While he spent much of his career in the […] Read more

IAR on Instagram

June 22, 2016 IAR is now on Instagram, and you can find us at @ubciar! Please follow and share with your students, friends and colleagues. Read more

Congratulations, Justin Kwan!

June 8, 2016 MAAPPS student Justin Kwan was named one of the recipients of the Asia Pacific Foundation Post-Graduate Research Fellowship. He will be conducting research on building the Asia-related skills and competencies of Canada and Canadians. June 8, 2016. Read more

Congratulations, Zhang Linting!

May 27, 2016 PhD student Zhang Linting was one of the recipients of the 2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. His supervisor, Dr. Yves Tiberghien, was also quoted in the China Daily Canada article, “Chinese Students Win in Vancouver.” May 27, 2016. Read more

CIRDI Workshop

May 26, 2016 Julian Dierkes co-organized a workshop for the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute and the International Cooperation Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia. The Workshop focused on “The State’s Role in Large Resource Projects” and brought together participants from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Myanmar, and Mongolia. It was widely covered in the Mongolian […] Read more

Think Thank 20, Berlin

May 26, 2016 Yves Tiberghien attended the T20 (Think Tank 20) Conference held in Berlin. The conference centered on the 2030 Agenda and focused on its relevance to the future of international cooperation, with a particular view on possible contributions of the G20 to global implementation efforts. A full summary of the conference can be seen here. Read more

Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta — Academic Visitor

April 20, 2016 Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta (President, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi) will be an Academic visitor at CISAR and IAR from April 25 to May 4. During his visit, he will give two public talks  — on April 25 and May 2. Both talks will be from 4 – 5:30 pm in Room 120, C.K. Choi […] Read more

Vision 20: International Summit on Global Governance’s New Frontiers

April 7, 2016 Improving Global Governance and Addressing Systemic Risk: How Can the G20 Take a Proactive Role in 2016? From March 31 – April 1 2016, the Institute of Asian Research, along with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Zhejiang University, co-lead Vision 20: International Summit on Global Governance’s New Frontiers in Hangzhou, China. The event […] Read more

IAR’s Latest, Largest Event in China

April 7, 2016 Vision 20: International Summit on Global Governance’s New Frontiers. Co-lead by the Institute of Asian Research, Munk School of Global Affairs, and Zhejiang University. View full details on the website: thevision20.org Read more

Student Tickets Available – From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Poetry of Nuclear Survival

April 7, 2016 Renowned actor Sayuri Yoshinaga and composer / pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto present a reading and musical performance of poems by survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Read more

Second UBC Student to Join Peking University as Yenching Scholar

April 7, 2016 Dongwoo Kim, a graduating Master’s student from UBC’s Department of Political Science, will become the second UBC student to attend Peking University as a Yenching Scholar. Yenching Academy houses a fully funded one-year residential program leading to a Master of China Studies degree. With UBC as Yenching’s partner university, IAR facilitated the pre-selection process. For […] Read more

Five UBC PhD Students Garner Inaugural Pan Tianshou Scholarship

February 26, 2016 Li Guo, Yanlong Guo, Natasha Osing, Guldana Salimjan and Minoru Takano were selected to each receive a $2,000 Pan Tianshou Scholarship for their excellence in research on China. Read more

Happy New Year 2016!

January 15, 2016 IAR Director Dr. Yves Tiberghien and IAR Honorary Professor Dr. Joseph Caron partook in the sake-opening ritual (Kagami Biraki (鏡開き)) for the new year at the Official Residence of the Japanese Consul General, Okada Seiji. Read more

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland at IAR

January 14, 2016 On Tuesday, January 12th, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, visited UBC and engaged in a panel discussion about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Dr. Yves Tiberghien moderated the discussion, and the event was featured on Phoenix TV, a Hong Kong-based television broadcaster. Read more

Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland on Trans Pacific Partnership

January 12, 2016 The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of International Trade, visited UBC and engaged in a panel discussion about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Read more

New Opportunity: Application’s Open for the Yenching Academy at Peking University

December 21, 2015 A fully paid one-year residential “elite interdisciplinary China Studies experience for future global leaders” is open for applications. Read more about the application process for the Master’s in China Studies program. Read more

Congratulations to Pascale Massot, Asia-Pacific Policy Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs!

December 17, 2015 MAAPPS alumna and former IAR fellow Pascale Massot has recently been appointed to the position of Policy Advisor, Asia-Pacific, to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stéphane Dion. Pascale completed her Ph.D in Political Science under the supervision of Dr. Yves Tiberghien, with Dr. Brian Job and Dr. Louis Pauly serving on her committee. […] Read more

Think 20 Kickoff Meeting

December 15, 2015 IAR Director Yves Tiberghien takes part in the kickoff meeting of the Think 20 process in preparation of the China G20 summit, which will take place on September 4-5, 2016. Read more

IAR’s Pan Tianshou Scholarship 2016

December 4, 2015 The Institute of Asian Research invites submissions for the Pan Tianshou Scholarship, funded by the Pan Tianshou Foundation (PTSF) and the Vancouver Chinese Culture and Arts Foundation (VCCAF). Five graduate scholarships of $2,000 each are offered to Master’s and Ph.D students who are studying or conducting research in Chinese Studies or research relating to China. All […] Read more

Apply for the UBC Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) Program

December 4, 2015 The University of British Columbia’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program is a professional global public policy program that provides policy makers and future leaders with multidisciplinary policy analysis and design skills as well as subject-specific expertise in development, sustainability and global governance. Students gain unique insights into Asia Pacific policy issues […] Read more

13th Canada-Japan Security Symposium

November 30, 2015 IAR Associate Director, Dr. Brian Job co-chaired the 13th Canada-Japan Security Symposium in Ottawa, which brings together senior officials and experts to discuss current security issues. November 23-24, 2015 Read more

Congratulations, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander!

November 2, 2015 Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, who was the landscape architect for the C.K. Choi Building, received the Margolese National Design for Living Prize. She was featured in the Canadian Architect article, “Cornelia Hahn Oberlander wins $50,000 Margolese National Design for Living Prize.” Read more

The 2015 Nehru Humanitarian Award Recipient

November 2, 2015 Congratulations to graduate student, Julie Vig, for winning the 2015 Nehru Humanitarian award! The annual award of $1,000, established in the memory of Prem Goel, is given to the UBC graduate student judged to have the most promising research program related to South Asia. For more information about this award, please contact kerry.ross@ubc.ca. Read more

The 2015 Nehru Humanitarian Award in the Memory of Prem Goel

October 9, 2015 The Centre for India and South Asia Research invites submissions for the 2015 Prem Goel Memorial Award. The annual award of $1,000 is given to the UBC graduate student judged to have the most promising research program related to South Asia. All students pursuing an MA or PhD at UBC-Vancouver are eligible. Submissions due by […] Read more

Upcoming Event: Can the Yuan Challenge the Dollar for Monetary Supremacy?

October 5, 2015 Professor Benjamin J. Cohen from the University of California, Santa Barbara talks about the international competitiveness of a currency, and whether the Yuan has the potential to surpass the U.S. Dollar in the foreseeable future. Join us on Friday, October 9th at 12:00 p.m. in C. K. Choi Building Room 120 for a light lunch […] Read more

Welcome: YuShu Zhu

September 18, 2015 Yushu Zhu, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the next two years with Professor Tim Cheek as supervisor/mentor. Zhu’s research is on neighbourhood governance and community participation in Chinese urban communities in a comparative perspective. The study will be situated in Guangzhou, China, and Vancouver, Canada. Zhu completed her Ph. D. in Architecture at the University […] Read more

Kakehashi Program

September 18, 2015 The Centre for Japanese Research is proud to co-sponsor the new Kakehashi (“Japan’s Friendship Ties”) Program at UBC, run jointly with the University of Victoria. Twenty-four select undergraduate and graduate students will be sent as a delegation to Japan over our Reading Week 2016. Click here for details and application materials. Please forward this great opportunity to […] Read more

Congratulations Pitman Potter!

September 10, 2015 It is now official: our own Professor Pitman Potter has just been elected as the new Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada! Please join us in congratulating Professor Pitman for his amazing scholarship, teaching, and leadership! Click here to read more Read more

Welcome: Professor Wang Yong

September 10, 2015   Professor Wang Yong, who is here as the Visiting Chevalier Professor in Transportation and Local Development in China from September 2015 to February 2016. Wang is a Professor at the School of International Studies and the Director of the Centre for International Political Economy at Peking University. At the Institute of Asian Research, Wang […] Read more

Upcoming Conference: PRC Environmental Tradeoffs: Modern China’s Environment, Science & Landscapes

August 31, 2015 Join the Centre for Chinese Resaerch to explore the relationship between China’s policies/politics, history, and physical environment at our upcoming one-day conference on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. For more information, please visit our events section. Read more

Mosaic Taiwan International Youth Leadership Program

August 20, 2015 MAAPPS student Justin Kwan participated in the Mosaic Taiwan international youth leadership program in Taipei City, Taiwan. The twenty-one day program sponsored by the Republic of China (Taiwan), Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced participants to the history and culture of Taiwan through sightseeing tours, academic exchanges as well as visits with government officials. Justin (right) […] Read more

IAR and MPPGA in Myanmar

August 13, 2015 MPPGA and IAR present in Myanmar at the invitation from the Senior Economic Presidential Adviser, Professor Aung-Thun Thet. MPPGA Co-Director/IAR Director Yves Tiberghien and Dr. Kai Ostwald were invited to Myanmar from Aug 5 to Aug 8. The rector of the Yangon University of Economics and its public policy director warmly encouraged cooperative ties between their […] Read more

Invitation to Myanmar

August 12, 2015 MPPGA and IAR present in Myanmar at the invitation from the Senior Economic Presidential Adviser, Professor Aung-Thun Thet. MPPGA Co-Director/IAR Director Yves Tiberghien and Dr. Kai Ostwald were invited to Myanmar from Aug 5 to Aug 8. The rector of the Yangon University of Economics and its public policy director warmly encouraged cooperative ties between their […] Read more

IAR Meets with former Indonesian President

August 5, 2015 IAR Director Yves Tiberghien and Kai Ostwald, Co-Director of the Institute’s Centre for Southeast Asia Research, met with former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is also the Chair of the UN Global Green Growth Initiative. Read more

Meeting with former Indonesian President

July 20, 2015 IAR Director Yves Tiberghien and Kai Ostwald, Co-Director of the Institute’s Centre for Southeast Asia Research, met with former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is also the Chair of the UN Global Green Growth Initiative.  July 30, 2015 As B.C.’s Finance Minister Michael de Jong travels to Malaysia in an effort to seal an […] Read more

The Impact of China’s New Free Trade Zones on Chinese Reform Path and Financial Liberalization

July 10, 2015 Dr. Bo Chen, a Simon Fraser University-educated, Shanghai-based senior government consultant, will host a seminar at the Institute of Asian Research on Thursday, July 16. In light of undergoing reforms in the Shanghai free trade zone, Chen will share his insight on China’s reforms and economic perspectives. Read more

Congratulations, Dr. Christina Laffin!

June 5, 2015 Congratulations to Dr. Christina Laffin, Co-Director of the Centre for Japanese Research, Institute of Asian Research Faculty Associate, and Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Asian Studies for being one of the the 2016 awardees of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies’ International Research Roundtable Program. Christina will co-direct the project, “East Asian Manuscript […] Read more

MAAPPS Students attend Annual Conference, the Freedom Online Coalition in Mongolia

May 13, 2015 With support from DFATD, MAAPPS students Trevor Kennedy, Melanie Schweiger and Christina Toepell and Professor Dr. Julian Dierkes were able to attend and present at the annual conference of the Freedom Online Coalition in Mongolia in early May. They reported on the conference in The Diplomat as well as on various blogs such as Mongolia Focus […] Read more

IAR Sends Condolences to Nepal

May 12, 2015 The Institute of Asian Research at UBC sends its deepest condolences to the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that struck the country on April 25th, 2015. UBC has many connections with Nepal, and many faculty, students, and alumni have been working hard to support relief efforts through coordination, translation, fundraising, […] Read more

Round Table Discussion on AIIB and Reform of Global Economic Governance

April 30, 2015 Yves Tiberghien served as a panelist at a roundtable discussion on Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Reform of Global Economic Governance at Peking University in Beijing, China in mid-April. Also on the panel were two Peking University professors and one professor from Renmin University of China. Yves spoke about the growing attraction of AIIB, […] Read more

Winner of the IAR Lunar New Year Festival Photo Contest

February 27, 2015 The Institute of Asian Research is delighted to announce the winner of its 2015 Lunar New Year Photo Contest. We thank everyone who submitted photos to this year’s contest.  The judges were impressed with the quality and creativity of all of the photo submissions we received this year. Read more

Lunar New Year Photo Contest

January 29, 2015 Capture the Lunar New Year Through the Lens of Your Camera! Submit photos for our inaugural Lunar New Year Photo Contest. Find images that best answer the question: What does the Lunar New Year look like to you? Deadline: February 17, 2015 at 5pm. Read more

IAR Honorary Professor Jack Austin Named to the Order of Canada

January 8, 2015 Congratulations to IAR Honorary Professor Jack Austin for his latest appointment to the Order of Canada. Mr. Austin has been noted for his public service and work in advancing Canada’s foreign trade relations, notably within the Asia-Pacific region. More details here. Read more

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