Asia Research Institute (ARI) celebrated five years of research accomplishments in the areas of social sciences and humanities at their 5th Anniversary Dinner on the evening of 20th July 2006. Gracing the event was Singapore’s Minister for Education Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
First founded to realise NUS President Professor Shih’s vision of establishing a high-profile research institute in the social sciences to ensure a balanced development for the University, the ARI has progressed exceptionally well within the short span of five years. The ARI is today a globally recognised research institute with the mission of providing a world-class focus and resource for research on the Asian region, and seeks to be the place of encounters between the region and the world. The Institute is under the leadership of internationally renowned historian Professor Anthony Reid, a former Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and founding director of the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
Research Leaders have also been recruited to guide clusters of young researchers in the thematic areas of Changing Family in Asia, Asian Migration, Cultural Studies in Asia, Religion and Globalisation in Asian Contexts, Southeast Asia-China Interactions, and Asian Cities.
Some of these leaders include distinguished demographer Professor Gavin Jones from Australian National University, celebrated Professor of Sociology from Cambridge University Bryan Turner, and eminent NUS scholars like Professor Chua Beng Huat from the Department of Sociology, Associate Professor John Miksic from NUS’ Southeast Asian Studies Programme, Professor Brenda Yeoh from the Department of Geography (currently also Head of the Southeast Asian Studies Programme); and Associate Professor Heng Chye Kiang, Head of the Department of Architecture.