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Apply for the UBC Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) Program

The University of British Columbia’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program is a professional global public policy program that provides policy makers and future leaders with multidisciplinary policy analysis and design skills as well as subject-specific expertise in development, sustainability and global governance. Students gain unique insights into Asia Pacific policy issues and interactions between emerging Asia and developed countries along with the ability to effectively navigate domestic and global policy settings. Candidates graduate ready to drive positive policy change in industry, government or non-profits anywhere in the world.

The MPPGA program is accepting applications for Fall 2016. Learn more at mppga.ubc.ca and subscribe to our newsletter.

Graduate Student Travel Grants 2015-16

The IAR Student Scholarship Committee will adjudicate applications for graduate student research and presentation travel funding support from UBC graduate students conducting research or studies related to Asia. Priority will be given to PhD students presenting formal papers at meetings or conferences, and successful applicants can receive up to $500-$1000 in travel reimbursements. There will be two rounds, with applications ending November 16, 2015 and January 8, 2016. For further information, view the guidelines here.

Asia Pacific Memo

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 Non-government path of engagement with North Korea

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 Investigating Evidence: Japan’s War Responsibility in Southeast Asia (A Video Memo with Dr. Nobuyoshi Takashima)

Memo #349
 Lingua Franca?: Francophone European scholarship on the Asia-Pacific

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 South Korea Moves Ahead with Plans to Publish State-Authored Textbooks


Interested in current issues in Asia and across the Pacific? We invite you to look at the Asia Pacific Memo series. It is the Institute of Asian Research's communications initiative to feature accessible scholarly knowledge about contemporary Asia.

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Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs

The MPPGA program prepares future policy leaders with an informed perspective, critical and creative thinking skills, and professional networks. Learn more about the program.

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