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Centres

ASEAN Studies Centre
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. Through research, conferences, consultations, and publications, the Centre seeks to illuminate ways of promoting ASEAN's purposes of political solidarity, economic integration and regional cooperation, and finding pragmatic solutions to the challenges on the path to achieving this. The Centre conducts studies and provides inputs and ideas to ASEAN member states and the ASEAN Secretariat on issues and events that call for collective ASEAN actions and responses, especially those pertinent to building the ASEAN Community. The Centre’s work receives guidance from the senior management of ISEAS, mainly the Director of ISEAS Mr Tan Chin Tiong, and Deputy Director Dr Ooi Kee Beng.

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Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre
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. It sees the following as it main aims: 1. To develop the ‘Nalanda idea’ of building for contemporary Asia an appreciation of Asian achievements and mutual learning, as exemplified by the cosmopolitan Buddhist centre of learning in Nalanda, as well as the ‘Sriwijaya idea’ of Southeast Asia as a place of mediation and linkages among the great civilisations. 2. To encourage and develop skills needed to understand the civilisations of Asia and their interrelationships. 3. To build regional research capacities and infrastructure for the study of the historical interactions among the civilisations and societies of Asia.

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Singapore APEC Study Centre
The 1993 APEC Leaders’ Education Initiative (ALEI) established, among other things, APEC Study Centres in the universities and research institutes of member economies with a view towards promoting APEC-related studies and the exchange of scholars and students. The Singapore APEC Study Centre was subsequently established at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in 1994 by the Ministry of Education, Singapore. It is part of the Institute’s Regional Economic Studies Programme. The Centre is headed by the Director of ISEAS and assisted by a Centre Coordinator. The Centre undertakes research, disseminates information, facilitates discussions on APEC-related issues, and promotes linkages with other APEC Study Centres. The Centre also liaises with the APEC Secretariat, the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and other organizations working on APEC. The Centre analyses developments in the APEC process and its main areas of interest include: international economics; production networks; trade arrangements; connectivity; regionalism; and Southeast Asian economies. Besides regular publications, the Centre manages seminars and symposia on issues related to APEC. The Centre is part of a consortium of around a hundred APEC Study Centres based in academic and research institutions in the 21 member economies of APEC. The consortium’s major activity is an annual conference held in the APEC host economy for the year. The first APEC Study Centre Consortium (ASCC) Conference was held in Manila in 1996. In July 2009, the Singapore APEC Study Centre hosted the ASCC Conference as part of APEC Singapore 2009.

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