For more than 40 years, NIAS’ core responsibility has been to bring Nordic countries and Asia closer and to contribute to the development of Asian studies in the Nordic region.
Working together, the Nordic countries have become increasingly visible and distinguished by strong research communities. As a whole, the region constitutes a considerable economy and has common ideas regarding education, health and welfare, that provide a model and source of inspiration to other parts of the world.
NNC – strong Nordic links
Our Nordic identity and our purpose to operate from a Nordic base means that we have strong inter-Nordic ties in education and research, as well as in many other fields. To further strengthen these links, we established the Nordic NIAS Council – NNC, to formalize and consolidate the institutional cooperation between Nordic universities and research institutions.
Through membership, NNC partners have access to our library including its electronic resources, and access to the SUPRA programme, within which we offer Nordic scholars and students the opportunity to work, network and use the institute’s information resources both remotely and during a stay at NIAS. This, we believe, is one important part of strengthening the Nordic research community.
Nordic collaborations and networks
Due to our emphasis on research-based knowledge and information on Asia, NIAS is a major contributor to the international recognition of and respect for Nordic Asia research.
By working with the Nordic Council of Ministers, NNC and the University of Copenhagen, we have a strong base to carry out interdisciplinary research, bringing together Nordic researchers, and provide important services to the research community. Moreover, with an innovative use of social-media tools, NIAS offers different other means to foster and support networks.
Collaboration however, is not limited to our main partners; we also collaborate with other Nordic research networks. The Swedish South Asia Network, SASNet, is one of the networks we work together with, as are the university networks for Asian studies in Stockholm, Bergen and Århus. The Nordic Centre India and the Nordic Centre at Fudan in Shanghai, the two leading Nordic consortiums in higher education and research in these two Asian giants, are valuable collaborative forums for bringing together Nordic and Asian researchers.