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Michigan State University has built strong relationships and faculty expertise throughout all regions of Asia. 

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This list represents a small portion of MSU's work in Asia or on Asian topics. Please contact Global IDEAS for potential opportunities to collaborate with MSU and further information on MSU’s hundreds of projects working in Asia or with Asian partners.

Asian Studies Center

The Asian Studies Center began as Michigan State University's academic center for developing and coordinating Asia-related programs in 1962. During the Center's first decades, Asian Studies centered on students and faculty working in the East Asia regional area. In recent years, the Center has undergone a major transition as the curriculum, faculty research, exchange programs, and outreach activities have developed to embrace programs in places as diverse as India, Indonesia, Korea, and Nepal. Emblematic of this development is the growth of MSU's overseas linkages to dozens of locations throughout Asia today.

The Center was named a National Undergraduate Resource Center (Title VI NRC) since 2000 by the U.S. Department of Education, directs one of the largest, most diverse programs of education about Asia in the Midwest. The Center is distinguished by its comprehensive attention to East, Central, South, Southeast, and West Asia in the design of its curriculum, focus of faculty research, and scope of outreach activities. Presently, the Center's nearly two hundred affiliated faculty represent disciplines ranging across the curriculum in teaching undergraduate and graduate students.

The Asian Studies Center's shift toward an all-Asia emphasis reflects the university's growing internationalization. Two-thirds of MSU's foreign students and over half of the university's 1200 foreign scholars come from Asia and nearly 2,000 undergraduates are Asian-Pacific Americans. The changing domestic demographics and the increase in students and scholars from Asia have created demands for an Asian Studies curriculum relevant to new needs and experiences reflecting the university's genuinely multicultural quality.

Office of China Programs

The mission of MSU’s Office of China Programs is to develop, facilitate, and coordinate campus-wide collaboration and exchange with China in the areas of teaching, research, outreach, and consulting. The Office builds strategic partnerships between MSU and Chinese research and education institutions and works with the State of Michigan’s China Office to promote economic development in Michigan.

Confucius Institute at Michigan State University

Established in May 2006 and housed in the College of Education, the Confucius Institute at MSU (CI-MSU) is a collaborative effort of Michigan State University, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), and the Open University of China. CI-MSU offers innovative programs and services to meet the rising demand for high-quality Chinese language and culture education worldwide. Among the goals of the CI-MSU are meeting the ever-increasing demand for Chinese education in the U.S., promoting Chinese culture and language worldwide, and conducting research on issues specific to teaching Chinese as a foreign language. 

Muslim Studies Program

Established in 2006, the Muslim Studies Program coordinates research, teaching, and outreach about Muslim societies and states. It promotes a global view of Muslim societies and states, and organizes speakers, workshops, and conferences on a wide range of topics that reflect the rich diversity of Muslim communities around the world. The international activities of the Muslim Studies Program and its affiliated faculty are focused on Southwest Asia and North Africa and cover a wide range of topics, including political science, religious studies, human medicine, language, and media and information, among others.