The Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS) was established on 1 April 1995 as a centre for research in Social Sciences at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). On 15 August 2013, the Institute was merged with the Institute of Occidental Studies (IKON) and the Institute of West Asian Studies (IKRAB). Following the restructuring, the IKMAS now focuses on Malaysian and International Studies.



To be a research centre of excellence on regional and transregional studies leading to an understanding of historical and contemporary transformation, bearing in mind the interests of Malaysian society.


To engage in collaborative research, education and service that seek to establish IKMAS as a nationally and globally recognised institute for inter-disciplinary research.



• To conduct basic, applied and strategic research including policy input that is beneficial to society;

• To promote collaborative research and dialogue at the national and global level;

• To contribute to the discourse on globalization, occidentalism and social transformation from the perspective of developing nations;

• To build human capital and nurture independent scholarship through post-graduate studies.