Mission Statement

The Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies (CPAS) is a research, educational and outreach centre hosted by the Department of  (Cultural) Anthropology and Development Studies at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.

CPAS was established in 1991 to further enrich and enhance the quality of research on issues related to the Asia-Pacific region. The Centre also aims to stimulate greater general interest and understanding of the Asia-Pacific region through informing scientists, students, policy makers, and the wider public about ongoing research in the region. The Centre is committed to build a wide-ranging network of reseach contacts specialised in Asia and the Pacific.

The Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies:

  • Initiates and coordinates highquality and innovative research on the Pacific and Asia;
  • Facilitates research and teaching carried out in cooperation with colleagues from the region;
  • Caters for students and staff with an interest in this region and comparative issues in anthropology and development (documentation);
  • Provides electronic information on ongoing research in the Pacific (newsletter);
  • Has a considerable track record of research and of organising conferences in its field of expertise;
  • Has close contacts with a number of other institutions in Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific;
  • Invites submissions for PhD and postgraduate research projects in issues related to the Pacific and Asia.
  • Does not provide funds for PhD or postgraduate research projects.