MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to IKMAS through our dedicated website. Let me give you a brief background on IKMAS and our goals for 2015
IKMAS was established on 1 April 1995 as research institute with a multidiscipline approach based in social sciences and humanities. Through the years, it has established itself as a centre for graduate studies and also policy research. It was also the host for the Asian Public Intellectual Programs sponsored by the Nippon Foundation, and oversaw the Kaneka Fellowship program. Since 1996, IKMAS hosted 5 distinguished scholars as the Pok Rafeah Distinguished Chair of International Studies. At present, Prof. Dr. Jan Neederveen Pieterse, the Mellencamp Distiguished Chair of Global Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, USA is the chairholder.
On 15 August 2013, IKMAS together with IKON and IKRAB underwent a restructuring program where 4 study centers ( iKAS, iKON, iKAL, iKRAB) were established to cater to the need of expanding regional studies based on a multidiscipline approach. At present, there are 12 fulltime research fellows, two adjunct professors, 1 post doctoral fellow and 4 junior fellows pursuing their graduate studies.
As we welcome 2015, IKMAS aims to consolidate its activities by focusing on strengthening its graduate studies program, completing one major institutional research “Globalization in the 21st century: Asia on Asia” and embarking on the UKM My State Window Project “Terengganu Window-Your Language, My Culture”. At the regional and global levels, IKMAS continues to deepen existing partnership and cultivate new strategic partners.
For 2015, IKMAS is on track of realizing Phase 1of IKMAS Strategic Plan (2013-2022). We have also realigned our goals with the UKM 6 Key Results areas. This year, as IKMAS celebrates its 20th Anniversary, 5 major programs have been prepared: the Forum on AEC (May 23-24), Kembara IKMAS (April-Sept) to meet with our alumni, the Commemorative World War 2 Conference (Aug), the 3rd Simon Bolivar Lecture, and the Farewell Pok Rafeah Public Lecture (Nov).
Lets have a meaningful year ahead. Wassalam and warmest regards