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Message from the Director of NIAS, Duncan McCargo

Welcome to the NIAS website.  

Our greetings during this very difficult period: we are all facing unprecedented challenges because of the COVID-19 virus that is having so many adverse impacts on our personal and professional lives.

Following instructions from the Danish government NIAS had to cease physical operations, along with our host institution the University of Copenhagen, on 12 March. However, NIAS remains very much alive and well. We are continuing to offer our online resources through the AsiaPortal ( - do take a look if you have not visited lately) and to work on publishing, grant applications and other projects. We also recently relaunched our InFocus blog feature on the AsiaPortal – please send your ideas or contributions to

We are, of course, not currently able to host academic visitors or guest speakers on campus. However, starting from the week beginning 20 April, we will be hosting regular virtual events, and launching a new Nordic Asia podcast series in collaboration with the Centre of East Asian Studies at the University of Turku in Finland. 

Please keep in touch – we welcome your feedback, ideas and suggestions.

All the best