Gift to support Asian-Pacific research
A $1.7-million endowment to the Institute of Asian Research (IAR)
in the Faculty of Graduate Studies will encourage high quality research,
provide seed money for new programs, promote interdisciplinarity and support
innovative collaborations with government, business, faculty and students from
around the world.
The endowment will also provide support for the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific
Policy Studies program within the IAR and maximize opportunities for
students in this newly established program, the first and only master's program
of its kind in Canada.
The endowment was established by the Cheung-Kok Choi family of Vancouver.
Scholars from around the world gather at IAR to conduct leading research
focussing on China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia and India and South Asia.
Choi, who passed away in September, also established numerous fellowships and
prizes at UBC and provided funding for the construction of the C.K. Choi