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The aim of the Nordic Southeast Asia Network is to bring scholars together from the Nordic countries through events that are either organized by the network or individuals within the network or events where it would be fruitful to bring aboard a specific Southeast Asian dimension. To facilitate the exchange between students will be of particular importance. Finally, the network will also be used as a vehicle for fundraising and common projects.

Nordic Himalayan Research Network

The Nordic Himalaya Research Network seeks to build collaboration and scholarly exchange among Himalayan researchers of different disciplinary backgrounds and with different regional expertise: It connects Nordic scholars who work on India, China, Nepal and Bhutan but who are otherwise part of more nationally-oriented research networks. The Himalayas, as a region, traverses national borders and addresses issues of minority populations and peripheral societies with its syncretic mixture of political and religious systems, ethnic groups and unique environmental features. The aim of the network is to strengthen Himalayan studies in the Nordic region and to help to facilitate international collaboration.

South Asia across the Nordic Region (SANR)

The South across the Nordic Region (SANR) aims to present cutting edge research undertaken by Nordic scholars, and to facilitate greater collaboration across Nordic research institutions and universities. The need for such a meeting forum has been acutely felt by scholars, especially young scholars in need of mentorship and support in the early career stage. This scholarly meeting is an important step towards building up future frameworks of cooperation.


EastAsiaNet is a network of leading European research schools with a well-developed social-science focus on East Asia, plus others that aspire to develop in this direction. It takes up issues that surpass the capacity of single institutions in training and in research. Ultimately, it contributes high-level expertise to a European perspective on Euro-Asia relations. 



European Alliance for Asian Studies (Asia Alliance)

The Asia Alliance is a co-operative framework of European institutes specializing in Asian Studies. The aim of the Asia Alliance, established in 1997, is to contribute to bringing together the fragmented forces in Europe on Asian Studies in order to establish scholarly excellence in central areas of research and expertise on Asia, to the benefit of the institutes' national research environments and the European community at large. The secretatiat is hosted at IIAS - International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden/Amsterdam and NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen
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Asia Research Centre at Copenhagen Business School

Asia Research Centre (ARC) was established in 1995 as a result of collaborative efforts between the Department of International Economics and Management and the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, both at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Copenhagen Business School. It has grown over the years and now comprises a network of 18 scholars.

ARC strives to initiate and stimulate Asia related research activities at CBS and to co-operate with local Danish partners as well as with international partners in Europe, Asia, and the US.

DIIS - Danish Institute for International Studies

The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) is an independent research institution engaged in research in international affairs. The institute draws up reports and analyses and follows developments in international affairs continuously in order to assess the security and foreign policy situation of Denmark, e.g. aspects of relevance with regard to development policy. DIIS also communicates research findings, analyses and knowledge and performs functions concerning documentation, information and library services.

Lund University

The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies was established in 1996 with the aim of stimulating research and education focused upon East and South-East Asia, particularly in the fields of the social sciences, economics and the humanities.

Sasnet - Swedish South Asian Studies Network is a national network for research, education, and information about South Asia, based at Lund University. The aim is to encourage and promote an open and dynamic networking process, in which Swedish researchers co-operate with researchers in South Asia and globally.

White Rose East Asia Centre

The White Rose University Consortium is a strategic partnership between Yorkshire's leading research universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. The departments of East Asian Studies at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield have jointly founded the White Rose East Asia Centre. It is based on the already substantive collaboration between two of Europe's pre-eminent departments of East Asian studies under the umbrella of the White Rose University Consortium.

In the spring of 2008, the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, and the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications, University of Leeds, decided to initiate a strategic partnership to develop and mutually promote internationalisation. The faculties have a number of exchange projects that concern research, teaching, administration and leadership.

International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)

IARU is an alliance of some of the world’s leading research universities. The main objective of IARU is to give researchers and students at the involved universities the opportunity to engage in international research and research-based teaching. The universities share similar visions and are all globally orientated, which is reflected in the topics of the shared research projects.

The universities in the Alliance are


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