For over 50 years, NIAS has been working to bring Nordic countries and Asia closer and to contribute to the development of Asian studies in the Nordic region. Nordic values and ideals ranging from a strong commitment to action on climate and sustainability, to support for gender equality, human rights and democracy, have been a source of inspiration across Asia. NIAS is dedicated to exchanging insights with Asian partners about promoting the green agenda and making the best use of new digital innovations.
NNC - strong Nordic links
NIAS has strong inter-Nordic ties in education and research, as well as in many other fields, as seen in the Nordic NIAS Council - NNC, which had formalized and consolidate institutional cooperation between Nordic universities and research institutions in the field of Asian studies.
Through their membership, NNC partners have access to our library including its electronic resources, and access to the SUPRA programme, under which we offer Nordic scholars and students the opportunity to work, network and use the institute's information resources both remotely and during their stays at NIAS – an important part of strengthening the Nordic research community.
A Nordic Hub for Asian Studies
Due to our emphasis on research-based knowledge and information on Asia, NIAS is a major contributor to the international recognition of and respect for Nordic Asia research.
By working with the Nordic Council of Ministers, NordForsk, the NNC and the University of Copenhagen, we have a strong base to carry out interdisciplinary research, bringing together Nordic researchers, and provide important services to the research community
We also collaborate with other Nordic research networks, including the Swedish South Asia Network, SASNet, and university networks for Asian studies in Stockholm, Bergen and Århus. The Nordic Centre India and the Nordic Centre at Fudan in Shanghai, the two leading Nordic consortiums in higher education and research in these two Asian giants, are valuable collaborative forums for bringing together Nordic and Asian researchers.
Nordic Council of Ministers
Nordic co-operation - between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland - is one of the world’s most extensive forms of regional collaboration. The Nordic Council, established in 1952, is the Nordic parliamentary co-operation forum, and acts as an advisory body for the Nordic national governments. The Nordic Council of Ministers was created in 1971 and is the forum for Nordic governmental co-operation. Representatives of the five governments meet in the Council of Ministers where, for example, they draw up the Nordic conventions.
The presidency of the Council of Ministers, which is held for a period of one year, rotates between the five Nordic countries. The country holding the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers draws up a programme that guides Nordic co-operation during the year. Issues are raised and acted upon by the various Committees of Senior Officials made up of civil servants from the member countries.
Official Nordic co-operation is financed principally with tax revenues from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. An agreed distribution plan specifies how much each country will contribute to the Nordic budget to run the Nordic Council, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic institutions. Several institutions are funded fully or partially in this manner. NIAS is partially funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, though since 2021 our funds have been channeled via NordForsk, the Nordic Research Council.
Read more about the Nordic Council of Ministers and Nordic cooperation and NordForsk.
The University of Copenhagen
Since its inauguration in 1968 NIAS has had a close working relationship with University of Copenhagen. The university has physically hosted NIAS from its foundation.
As of 1 January 2005, NIAS was incorporated as an independent academic institute under Danish university law, hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. In September 2011, NIAS became part of the Department of Political Science.
Researchers and students at the University of Copenhagen have full access to the services that NIAS offers. This includes access to NIAS LINC’s services including databases, journals and e-books. NIAS researchers and associates play an active part in collaborative projects with the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Library.
Asian Dynamics Initiative
NIAS is a part of the University of Copenhagen's Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) and acts as host to the ADI Secretariat.
The Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) was launched in 2008 as an interdisciplinary research and teaching endeavour, based at both the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The purpose of the initiative is to strengthen studies on Asia at the University of Copenhagen by coordinating existing competencies and activities as well as engaging in new cross-faculty research and teaching projects.