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

17 Feb, 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

17 Feb, 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

9 Feb, 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

9 Feb, 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!

9 Feb, 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

31 Jan, 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

25 Nov, 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

27 Oct, 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

21 Oct, 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

17 Oct, 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

3 Oct, 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)

12 Aug, 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!

8 Aug, 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 Blue Paper – Now Released!

26 Jul, 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

22 Jul, 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

22 Jun, 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

22 Jun, 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!

8 Jun, 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!

27 May, 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

26 May, 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

26 May, 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

20 Apr, 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

7 Apr, 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

7 Apr, 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

7 Apr, 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

7 Apr, 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

26 Feb, 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!

15 Jan, 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

14 Jan, 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

12 Jan, 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

21 Dec, 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!

17 Dec, 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

15 Dec, 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

4 Dec, 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

4 Dec, 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

30 Nov, 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!

2 Nov, 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

2 Nov, 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

9 Oct, 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?

5 Oct, 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

18 Sep, 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

18 Sep, 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!

10 Sep, 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

10 Sep, 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

31 Aug, 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

20 Aug, 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

13 Aug, 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

12 Aug, 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

5 Aug, 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

20 Jul, 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

10 Jul, 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!

5 Jun, 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

13 May, 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

12 May, 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

30 Apr, 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

27 Feb, 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

29 Jan, 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

8 Jan, 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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