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ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute Established

ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute Established

On September 4, 2009, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie joined with Vice Chancellor  Ian W. Chubb, the chief executive of The Australian National University (ANU), in signing an agreement for the creation of a jointly operated Pan Asia Institute (PAI).

The new institute combines the complementary academic strengths of the two universities into a single research and teaching enterprise with expertise that encompasses a broad range of Asian countries.

IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have well-recognized programs in Central Asian studies as well as those concentrating on East and South Asia. ANU is considered to have one of the world’s leading programs focusing on Southeast Asia as well as the Pacific and East Asia. Both universities also have strong programs in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.

Taken together, the institute will provide students at both universities with an impressive array of academic expertise about Asian countries, cultures, history, and languages.

The memorandum sets out a three-year implementation plan for a wide variety of academic programming, including the establishment of joint language courses, extended faculty visits and exchanges, expanded overseas studies opportunities for students, and joint research endeavors and symposia.

The new institute is headed by co-directors, one at each university, who jointly oversee its programs and academic offerings. At IU, the Co-Director is Dr. Heidi A. Ross, Professor and Director of IU’s East Asian Studies Center. Dr. Kent Anderson, Professor and Director of the School of Culture, History and Language in ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific, serves as the Co-Director for ANU.