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Arizona State University, Department of Religious Studies

Arizona State University Campus

Arizona State University's Department of Religious Studies is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Its mission is to pursue the investigation of religious ideas, values and practices from a perspective in the Humanities that engages the social and behavioral sciences as well as other disciplines at Arizona State University.

Arizona State University (ASU) is the largest public research university in the United States a total of 70,440 students enrolled in 2010. The university was founded in 1885 as the Tempe Normal School for the Arizona Territory in Tempe, Arizona. In 1958, a statewide ballot measure renamed it "Arizona State University." ASU is located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area of the State of Arizona. 

Duke University, Department of History

Duke Chapel, Duke University

Duke University's Department of History ranks among the top fifteen programmes in the U.S.  Its faculty members cover a diverse range of topics and share a common approach to the past: seeking to join knowledge of particular areas with broad engagement across fields and disciplines. Among others, departmental fields of inquiry include comparative colonial studies, gender, global transnational history, medieval and early modern history, as well as politics, public life, and governance.
Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Duke University was originally founded by Methodists and Quakers in 1838. In 1924, the tobacco industrialist James B. Duke established the Duke Endowment and the university changed its name in honour of his father, Washington Duke. Younger than most other prestigious U.S. research universities, Duke University consistently ranks among the very best: in the 2011 QS World University Rankings, Duke was counted among the top 20 universities worldwide. The university is organized into two undergraduate and ten graduate and professional schools. Its campus spans over 35 square kilometers on three campuses in Durham as well as a marine lab in Beaufort.  

For more information on the cooperation please contact Prof. Sumathi Ramaswamy.

German Commission for UNESCO

UN Members' Flags

The German Commission for UNESCO is one of 193 National Commissions for UNESCO worldwide. Long before the Federal Republic of Germany was admitted as a member of the United Nations in 1973, UNESCO opened the door to Germany’s return to international politics at the multilateral level. The German Commission for UNESCO advises the government, parliament and other public bodies on UNESCO issues, on multilateral policy in education, culture and science.  It is a chartered non-profit voluntary association with up to 114 members.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations established on 16 November 1945. Its stated purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and the human rights along with fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter.

For more information on the cooperation please contact  Jens Boel.

Harvard University, Asia Centre

Austin Hall, Harvard University

The Asia Centre at Harvard University inaugurated in 1997. The centre is an active organisation with an array of programmes focusing on International Relations in Asia and Comparative Studies of Asian countries and regions. It reflects Harvard's commitment to Asia and the growing connections between Asian nations. The Asia Centre's various programmes focus on international relations in Asia and comparative studies of Asian countries. Its interdisciplinary approach brings together the University's departments and schools.

Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines.  

For more information on the cooperation please contact  Dr. Arthur Kleinman.

Harvard University, Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School (HMS) is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. It is located in the Longwood Medical Area of Mission Hill in Boston, Massachusetts. Established in 1782, HMS is the third oldest medical school in the U.S. Its departments are Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Global Health and Social Medicine, Health Care Policy, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Neurobiology, Pathology, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, and Systems Biology.

Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University has an over 20,000 enrolled undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, as well as to training leaders in many disciplines.    

Harvard University, Institute of World Literature

The Institute for World Literature (IWL) is supported by Harvard University and has been created to explore the study of literature in a globalising world. Each year, the institute’s programme takes place in a different academic center of world literature each year. In 2014 it will be held at City University of Hong Kong.

Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines.

Hong Kong University, Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Hong Kong University was established in 2001. Its mission is to promote innovative, multi-disciplinary work in the humanities and social sciences by supporting diverse platforms for a critical community of scholars to share experience across the globe. 

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) The University of Hong Kong (HKU) was founded in 1911. Today it is one of the leading international institutions of higher learning in Asia. HKU is renown for excellence in teaching, learning and research. In 2010 it was awarded the first place in the QS Asian University Rankings. HKU atrracts outstanding scholars from around the world and is committed to keeping a flexible, pluralistic and supportive intellectual environment. Major areas of research include Human Health and Development, Built and Natural Environments, China Studies, and Communications. The university's main campus is located on Bonham Road and Pok Fu Lam Road in the Mid-levels of Hong Kong Island. 

For more information on the cooperation please contact  Prof. Angela Ki Che Leung.  

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

Main Entrance of IGNCA, New Delhi

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is located in New Delhi, India. It was established in 1987 under the Ministry of Culture and provides research and dissemination in the field of the arts. It covers a wide range of subjects including archaeology and anthropology. The centre's definiton of the arts comprises creative and critical literature, written as well as oral, visual arts ranging from architecture, sculpture, painting and graphics to general material culture, photography and film, the performing arts of music, dance and theatre as well as art-related fairs and festivals. IGNCA serves as a major resource centre for the arts. It also compiles and publishes reference works, glossaries, dictionaries and encyclopaedia with a focus on arts and the humanities. Moreover, IGNCA seeks to foster a dialogue between arts, science and technology.  

The IGNCA consists of three regional centres in India: the IGNCA´s Southern Regional Centre in Bangalore, the IGNCA´s Varanasi Regional Centre and the IGNCA´s Regional Centre for the North East based in Guwahati.

Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Arts and Aesthetics

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Jawaharlal Nehru University´s School of Arts and Aesthetics is the only place in India where the study of arts is integrated into a programme that allows students to understand the individual arts in the broader context of history, sociology, politics, semiotics, gender, and cultural studies. The three fields of study offered are Visual Studies, Theatre and Performance, as well as Cinema Studies.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), is located in New Delhi and was established in the early 1970s. It  is mainly a research-oriented postgraduate University. JNU offers a teacher-student ratio of 1:10 and its mode of instruction encourages students to explore their own creativity instead of reproducing received knowledge. JNU's mission is to combine new perspective with the traditional  disciplines of the Indian university system. Moreover, JNU is dedicated to the Nehruvian objectives of national integration, social justice, secularism, the democratic way of life, international understanding and scientific approach to the problems of society.   

For more information on the cooperation please contact Prof. Parul Dave Mukherji.

Kanagawa University, Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials

Kanagawa Tower

Kanagawa University's Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials was established in April 2008. The Center is affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture and aims to create research bases capable of global-scale projects. Current research projects include Concessions and Media Space in East Asia, Environmental History of Waterfront Life, the compilation of Pictopedias on Everyday Life in Early Modern Japan as well as Urban Reconstruction Following the Great Kanto Earthquake. 

Kanagawa University is a private university located in Yokohama, Japan. It was founded in in 1928 by Yoshimori Yoneda as an evening academy for working youths. Since then, it has become one of Japan's leading institutions of higher education with a total of 20,000 students. Kanagawa University has ten undergraduate faculties, nine graduate schools, as well as affiliated junior and senior high schools, and over 200,000 alumni active in many different fields.  

Kansai University, Institute for Cultural Interaction Studies

Kansai University Mediapark

Kansai University's Institute for Cultural Interaction Studies consists of educationnal and research departments for East Asian Cultural Interaction Studies. Its goal is to create a new cultural image of East Asia via a peripheral-area approach: current research projects for East Asia seek not to presume a static cultural core or view East Asian regions as isolated units. Instead, it looks at East Asia as a cultural conglomerate pieced together by unbroken chains of cultural contacts.  

Kansai University is a private non-sectarian and coeducational university located in Osaka, Japan. It was founded as Kansai Law School in November 1886. Since then, Kansai University has considerably widened its scope by offering studies in Economics, Commerce, Sociology, Policy Studies, Foreign Language Studies, Health and Well-being, Informatics, Safety Science, Engineering Science, Environmental and Urban Engineering, and Chemistry, Materials, and Bioengineering. Together with its attached senior and junior high schools Kansai University has a total student body of 30.000.

Kyoto University, OPIR and GCOE "Intimate and Public Spheres"

Kyoto University Clocktower

The Organisation for the Promotion of International Relations (OPIR) at Kyoto University was founded in April 2005. Its aim is to ensure mutual benefits from exchange programmes between the University of Kyoto and its partner institutions. As international strategic headquarters, the OPIR addresses decisions regarding international exchange programmes at Kyoto University.

The Global Center of Excellence (GCOE) "Reconstruction of the Intimate and Public Spheres in 21st Century Asia" at Kyoto University is an inter-disciplinary collaboration between the social sciences and global research partners. Among the Center’s aims is the identification of mechanisms of the reconstruction of the intimate and public spheres in Asia and globally, in order to make proposals for future improvements.

Kyoto University is one of the major national universities located in Kyoto, Japan. It is the second oldest university in Japan and was formerly one of Japan's Imperial Universities. Today Kyoto University has about 22,000 students enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate programmes. In the 2010 Global University Ranking, Kyoto University came in 11th place. 

For more information on the cooperation please contact Prof. Ito Kimio.

Peking University, Department of History

Peking University, Beijing

Peking University’s Department of History was established in 1899. Today it offers academic degrees on bachelor, master and doctoral level. The Department of History covers four main areas, which are Ancient Chinese History, Modern and Contemporary Chinese History (1842-1949 and 1949 up to today respectively), World History as well as Archaeology and Museology.

Peking University is one of China’s key universities and a major research institution. Founded in 1898, Peking University was originally known as the Imperial University of Peking. Its campus "Yan Yuan" (the garden of Yan) hosts 30 colleges, 12 departments and a number of research institutions.

The University of Chicago, Department of History

The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago's Department of History  offers studies in cultural and intellectual history, interdisciplinary and comparative history, as well as international history. The Department of History especially supports interdisciplinary approaches and intellectual exchange.  

The University of Chicago is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It was founded in 1890 by the American Baptist Education Society with a donation from John D. Rockefeller. The University of Chicago consists of a college, several graduate programs as well as interdisciplinary committees and a school of continuing education. Approximately 15,000 students are enrolled at the University of Chicago and it is located on Chicago's South Side, just 15 minutes from the city center.

For more information on the cooperation please contact Prof. Michael Geyer.

University of Leiden, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science

University of Leiden

With roughly 4700 students and 430 faculty members, the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science is the largest faculty at Leiden University. Its main objective is to engage in fundamental research. Therefore, its education programme is largely research based and the strong interaction between education and research offers its students an excellent empirical education.  

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1575 and today is one of Europe's foremost research universities. Its focus is on research and interdiscliplinarity. Research activities at the University of Leiden cover eleven research profiles that transcend traditional boundaries between research fields and faculties. Leiden University's main research areas include Asian modernities and traditions, Global Interaction of people, culture and power through the ages, Language diversity and Political Legitimacy with regard to institutions and identities.

For more information on the cooperation please contact Prof. Patricia Spyer.

University of Oslo, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages

Olso University

Oslo University´s Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages is located in the Faculty of Humanities. The department has wide expertise in the study of religion and culture as well as in language-based area studies. Its main focus is on South Asia, East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and it is involved in a multitude of research projects.  

Founded in 1811 as The Royal Frederick University, the University of Oslo (UiO) today is Norway’s largest and oldest institution of higher education. The university has faculties of Law, Medicine, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Dentistry, Social Sciences, Education and Theology. In addition, the University of Oslo has eight faculties as well as eight Centres of Excellence. The Academic Ranking of World Universities has consistently placed the institution among the world's top 100 universities and to date, UiO has brought forth several Nobel Prize laureates. 

For more information on the cooperation please contact Prof. Arne Bugge Amundsen.

University of Zurich, Research Priority Program "Asia and Europe"

University of Zurich (Source of all images on this page: Wikimedia)

The University of Zurich's University Research Priority Program "Asia and Europe" (URPP) was established in 2005. It explores the relations between the regions of Asia and Europe in historical and contemporary contexts. The URPP "Asia and Europe" brings together various disciplines and faculties of the University of Zurich to create a comprehensive interdisciplinary research structure.

The University of Zurich was founded in 1833, although its origins date back as far as 1525 to the activities of the protestant reformer Ulrich Zwingli. With 24,000 students and 1,900 graduates every year, the University of Zurich is Switzerland's largest university.

For more information on the cooperation please contact Prof. Andrea Riemenschnitter.