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   ASEAN Studies Centre


   Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre


  Singapore APEC Study Centre


   Archaeology Unit


The ASEAN Studies Centre is devoted to research on issues that pertain to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an institution and a process. This is distinct from ISEAS' broader concerns with respect to Southeast Asia.



The Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, pursues research on historical interactions among Asian societies and civilisations. It serves as a forum for comprehensive study of the ways in which Asian polities and societies have interacted over time through religious, cultural, and economic exchanges and diasporic networks. The Centre also offers innovative strategies for examining the manifestations of hybridity, convergence and mutual learning in a globalising Asia.


The APEC Economic Leaders launched the APEC Leaders' Education Initiative (ALEI) in 1993 to develop regional cooperation in higher education, study key regional economic issues, improve workers skills, facilitate cultural and intellectual exchanges, enhance labor mobility and foster understanding of the diversity of the Asia-Pacific region. Part of the ALEI was the establishment of APEC Study Centres in existing universities and research institutions of participating member economies, in order to promote APEC-related studies and programmes for greater exchange of scholars and students.


The NSC Archaeology Unit (AU) pursues projects designed to foster collaborative research in the archaeology of civilization in Southeast Asia, and its links with its neighbours in Asia. The AU conducts excavations in Singapore, concentrating on the material culture of the period from 1300 to 1600, but also maintains an interest in the lives of Singapore’s inhabitants during the colonial period of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The AU also collaborates with institutions in the Asia and Pacific regions to conduct research and training, and to disseminate published and unpublished reports on archaeological research.

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