Teaching is one of the ways that the Institute of Asian Research (IAR) deepens understanding and supports effective action on contemporary Asia Pacific policy issues. The IAR has played an instrumental role in developing two degree programs at the University of British Columbia:
Master of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies
Launched by the IAR in 2000, the Master of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS) was the first graduate program in Canada to focus on contemporary policy issues in Asia and to provide training and research opportunities for Asia Pacific policy professionals. Today, program alumni hold roles in academia, public institutions, private enterprises and non-governmental organizations around the world. The last MAAPPS cohort was accepted in 2014 and will graduate in 2016.
Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs
In 2015, the MAAPPS evolved into the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA), a two-year professional degree program in global public policy with a focus on Asia Pacific and sustainability issues. Drawing on the unique interdisciplinary expertise of the IAR, the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, this innovative program equips the next generation of policy leaders to meet 21st century challenges.