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About the Asia Center


The mission of the Asia Center is to be a catalyst for educational and professional opportunities to engage with Asia’s peoples, cultures, heritages, geographies, languages, arts, sciences, economies, and technologies. The Center works with the University of Kentucky to prepare the Commonwealth for the global economy.

The Asia Center carries out its mission by:  providing leadership and coordination for Asian Studies at UK and promoting formal and informal education about Asia on campus, throughout Kentucky, and the region.

The Asia Center:

  • Publicizes Asia-related programs and events and seeks to raise awareness of and interest in Asia on campus
  • Supports the creation of new opportunities to learn about Asia, including an interdisciplinary curriculum in Asian Studies
  • Encourages and supports research in Asia and Asian Studies, sponsors events and provides opportunities for local and regional engagement
  • Fosters linkages among UK, the Commonwealth, and institutions and peoples in Asia